I have an N reg 2016 SR22 in the UK, flown from the US (FL) in 2019. Whilst it was there it was fitted with 6 new cylinders due to oil bypass at a Platinum Service Centre.
The aircraft had it second annual here in the UK and they have discovered that due to poor fitment of the due to poor fitment of the cylinders a crack has developed within the crankcase. This has meant that we needed to replace the engine. As repair the options were limited we decided to purchase a new engine from continental. The order was placed in early March of this year, and we requested AOG which added a 10% premium to the purchase cost. We were expecting delivery of the engine in June of this year at the latest, hoping that we can enjoy some of our summer here in Europe. We were a little annoyed that the engine was going to take until June to be delivered, even with the AOG premium.
Unfortunately the engine has still not arrived, and has not been shipped from continental in the U S. We have to order through continental’s UK agent, a company called multiflight who managed the ordering process. Multiflight do not have any leverage on the lead time from continental in the US, we’re told.
With the engine still not delivered, and the days getting shorter here in the UK, we have missed the best flying opportunities. It is also extremely frustrating that we have waited over six months for the delivery of a replacement engine. Despite approaching Cirrus UK for assistance, we have not had anything positive come back from them.
My question is, is this a normal situation other operators around the world? Is it normal to wait over six months for replacement engine whilst your aircraft is grounded?