Newly minted pilot here with 100 hours +, HP endorsement. I’ll begin working on my IFR shortly as was looking for a plane. Enjoy the flying tremendously and have scheduled plans for Tail wheel endorsement and Acro. However I need to get a traveling plane that fits at least 4. I trained in a Cessna 172 and 182, both easy to fly and control, particularly in stalls. My instructors have tremendous experience (20,000 hours) and I’ve heard mixed reviews on the cirrus planes. Technologically they are very appealing, particularly visibility and internal styling. The stick seems a bit odd given I’ve been flying conventional control type planes. Also I’ve heard they are impossible to get out of a spin which is why you have CAPS, but mixed reviews on that as well. I have heard they are difficult to trim in cruise and need AP. I tend to like hand flying them. Also, I understand controls are spring loaded and you lose the feel for the plane in slow flight. I’ll be flying one next week, but would appreciate any comments, good or bad, on the ease of flight of the cirrus planes.
Finally, is there a real marked difference between the 20 and the 22 if the mission is trips in the 300NM range? Some of the 2001 and 2002 Cirrus look like particularly good deals right now. Any issues with them given they were the initial production runs?
Thanks everyone for the help.