Not on the waiting list, just an interested pilot and keeping my eyes open for my local club.
A question and a remark: How reliable is this plane? I have never owned a plane myself and haven’t got that many hours (about 200) and I have to say that I have only ever had a sporadically not working autopilot on a 3 hour flight and once a transponder that didn’t work. Other than that, I never had an in-flight failure on anything.
Given that there are only about 50 SR20s out there and your postings read a bit like a who-is-who of aircraft problems, I ask myself whether the SR20 has a reliability problem?
Any opinions on this? Considering that it’s really intended as an IR platform also, I would not be to happy to get failures of the AI every 20 or so hours.
I would be glad to hear from anyone to put all this a bit into perspective.
My remark on the SR22. That’s well and nice and as I see going into the direction of the Lancair 300. However, and I think the european pilots would agree with me, in Europe there is very little of a market for plus 200HP aircraft. It’s simply too expensive and the trend (here) is going the other direction.
In fact, I think the SR20 is great value for money, at least on paper. However, with this boost in power, it’s just going the conventional way like all the others. Does anyone know why? I mean, there’s not an awful lot of innovation in just putting huge engines into a plane, anything will then fly (see helicopters
Just as an example: Dyn’Aero of France have just brought out there latest gadget, the MCR4S, a four (meaning 3 seater plus luggage) seater. Travels at 150kts, 1100 ft/min, using 20 litres/hour at 75% on a 100 hp engine, (470kg useful load, as a note, the Arrow that I fly has just 10kg more). Now of course, I am also aware that it’s not the same level of instrumentation and luxury on this plane. However, I would have thought that it might be more interesting for Cirrus to work on getting the weight of the SR20 down and heading to more performance on smaller engines? (Cost is a lot less in Europe, if you use 20 instead of 40l/h)
My final question: Does anyone know whether there are any plans by Cirrus to introduce a diesel engine in the future?
This is a great forum and very interesting, but then so is the topic