I’m a position holder #411 with a delivery date of july 31 2001 (Accdgs to CD) and also a student pilot. After researching for the best airplane i decided on the sr20 due to the following factors:
160kt cruise sppeed
10 gal/ hr fuel burn
modern avionics and interior
however I’m a bit concerned about the side control yoke. I read in an article that you must absolutely use the electric trim during takeoffs and climbs or you will not be able to maintain the proper pitch attitude.
Is the SR20 yoke truly better than a conventional yoke??
Is there any truth to this allegation ??
Any info from current owners or from anyone with knowledge will be appreciated.
I had the good fortune to fly the prototype a few years back, as did my student-pilot wife (bride in WC context). I completely forgot that the side yoke was different during my flight. After all, we all use the left hand on the leftmost vertical component of the yoke during critical operations, leaving the right hand free to change power. The SR20 is no different, except for the free space in front of the crew. My low-hour student pilot wife/bride just loved it. She claimed it was every bit as easy to fly as the C-152 she had been training in. Mario: don’t worry about the side stick–it’s a nice feature. My only concern, and remember this was the prototype, was that the pressures during bank were more than I thought they would be. Long hours of training (which I don’t do) might be tough on skinny wrists like mine. aa