I’m not sure whether you are one of the non-Cirrus pilots who says an airframe parachute is a crutch for bad pilots, but for the sake of the arguement let’s examine your speed brake endorsement.
All but the last reason you cite “fun to use” are IMHO, diametrically opposed to the mindset we need to have for safe r general aviation.
A good pilot is one who doesn’t care to impress ATC with accepting clearances that may put himself and his passengers and the airport at risk.
“Slotting” in ahead of a Dash 8 and behind a Cessna doing touch and goes is simply unimportant in the big scheme of things. You’re ahead, let the Dash 8 slow down. It’s not like Air Canada/Jazz isn’t always on time [;)] anyways!
If you want to know the truth, to ATC you are simply a coded blip they need to keep away from other coded blips. VEry few things “truly impress” them.
A good pilot has no shame in using the word: “unable”. If more pilots did so, there would be fewer crashes etc.
Runway overruns are a result of grossly negligent planning and airmanship, not the lack of speedbrakes. It is my opinion that anyone who NEEDS speedbrakes to salvage the approach is likely not a decent enough pilot to properly utilize them anyways.
Besides, in a Cirrus all we do if we have a problem being lousy piltos is pull the red handle… the ultimate speedbrake!
(Or at least that’s what non-Cirrus piltos would have you beleive!)
BTW, how are things in BC?