#71 now has 96 hrs on the hobbs, and the first six months of flying have been delightful. Just thought I would share some humor, which we all could use now. Also, a few serious observations.
#1. I have the custom N-no. of 1645 Sierra. I don’t recommend the “Sierra” suffix, as most controllers end up referring to the airplane as a “Sierra.”
#2. Controllers in So. Calif. are now getting used to the Cirrus, but many still ask questions. The most common question recently is “how much does that cost?” Descents at 160-180 kts ground speed also get some questions regarding the number of engines.
#3. I flew to Santa Barbara from SNA on Saturday, and they said NOBODY showed up at the last fly-in. Any future plans? I will try to be there, if possible. By the way, the folks at Oxnard would love to have a group drop in. They have lots of ramp space, and a decent restaurant. Not too convenient for the N. CA folks, though.
#4. Still get occasional transponder signal weakness, and have to reset. Not too often.
#5. 45S is a “B” SR-20, and I find it does everything I need. I fly localizers with A/P or manual, and 50% flaps on the 3 degree glide slope is very stable at 100-120 kts. I wonder how many of you really use the V nav for approaches to minimums? Just curious.
#6. Only mechanical problem to date is the door seal noise, solved by rotating the nylon bushing 180 deg. for a tighter close. Lost one vacuum pump at 20 hrs. None since. Have not lost any landing lights. Changing oil every 30-40 hrs and using AeroShell multi grade.
Anyone in the So. Cal area waiting for a plane can contact me if they want to do some casual flying.
My regards and sympathy to the Koehlers.
I hope to meet the Silicone Valley guys (other than Dave Katz, whom I met) in the near future.
Just kidding Dave. I was jealous of you for flying into Duluth on a G-IV.