As a former position holder and now Lancair position holder, I am continuely fascinated by the different perceptions owners/fans/companies have of one another.
For instance, I’ve read here a great deal about Lancair being all about speed. I’ve also read a lot about Cirrus being all about safety.
I am fascinated because I feel these are inaccurate representations on both sides. Consider:
Yes, speed sounds sexy, and Lancair people like to talk about it. But the truth is the reasons I opted for it, and to my mind its most compelling feature, was FLEXABILITY. I can carry 106 gallons if I need to. I can get a turbocharged engine. I can in the future change my panel in all sorts of ways, with lots of room for expansion. Maybe a C300 is a touch faster than a SR22, but it’s about 5%, which is nothing.
Moreover, I am less inclined to see the Cirrus as a safer aircraft for me. That is simply because in evaluating the way I intend to fly, the amount of time during which I would actually pull the chute over the course of a year’s flying was, when I got right down to it, extremely small. Do I wish I had it? Of course. Just like I wish i had a second engine. But when making the judgement I decided it did not add as much as I might have thought. Moreover, its lack of spin resistant certification and its lack of utility certification and its lower VNE and associated speeds, made the Cirrus a tiny bit less attractive in safety. Again is it a marked difference? Of course not. I don’t plane to fly near VNE and I sure hope not to have to stress the airframe into utility range nor linger in the edge of spins. These occasions are rare, and hopefully will never happen. I believe the safest airplane in the world for me is Kevin Moore’s 260SE - with a stall speed of 33kts and controlable at 47kts - there amount of time per given flight where you couldn’t likely make a liveable landing approaches ZERO. He could land on the 12th green at Augusta National
And a shorter arguement about perception in the reverse - since it has already been made here a million times. The SR22 is about as fast at the Lancair - and frankly if they put a turbo up front - would likely be about as fast as a 400. Moreover, the SR20’s speed to fuel burn set the new standard…
So I guess what I’m saying is in both cases I believe the relative perceptions are not as close to reality as we might believe.