I am a former 172 owner and in the market for a fast 4 place. I was considering: Mooney 201; A36; and the Cirrus 22. The mission is from Atlanta, GA and I travel to Richmond, Va and Orlando FL. Both about 500 Miles and 8.5 hrs if I taxi and about 2.25 by 170 Kt airplane.
I took a demo flight, very impressed but at $450K their is a lot of competition. I was considering a used A36, a late model can be had for 1/2 the new cirrus. Ruled out the B35 and F33 because of Aft CG problems. The Bonanzas really can’t haul 4 people for very long, as the fuel burns it aggravates the aft CG. The Mooney’s are very small inside and I’m 6’5" and 225lbs. Really can’t four people in a 201.
I have heard of problems with the IO550 wearing out too soon. Checking trade-a-plane, I see a lot of engines not making it to TBO. Driver error or design problem?
Also, looked at the used 22’s. Looks like these can be had for about 225K but they don’t have the PFD. The PFD is really cool and where the industry is headed.
Since I’ll be learning instruments and flying single pilot IFR I want as much help as possible.
So is a used 22 the way to go or does an A36 make more sense?
Also, where is the baggage compartment on the 22?