If Marios’ post is correct, and he was bumped back 9 months, that totally sucks.
Probably sucks less than bankruptcy. Having waited nearly four years for my SR22 delivery (2 1/2 years late) I do have a lot of sympathy for getting the date pushed back.
However, it’s in everyone’s interest (particularly the folks that haven’t taken delivery yet) for the company to remain solvent. If they run out of cash, it won’t be pretty (things will get ever slower until management cries uncle) and then the company that buys up the carcass (no doubt that it will happen) aren’t likely to recognize the $15K investments.
Spinning up the 22 production rate in order to take advantage of the higher margins is the only thing that makes sense at this point. It doesn’t seem likely that they’re making any money at all on the early SR20 deliveries, between the lower price and the stalled inflation adjustments.
Put another way, you’re likely to get your SR20 sooner with the 22 production sped up than you would otherwise.
Perhaps with the overhaul in manufacturing they’ll be able to improve productivity and get predictable build rates and cost, at which point perhaps the schedule will move up again.
Another point to keep in mind is that most of the SR22 sales to date came from changes from SR20 to SR22’s. They are not really “breaking in line” so to speak. My SR20 contract was signed April 1999, I hope to get my SR22 this winter. This represents a wait of over 2&1/2 years. I am sure there are those who have waited for their SR20 & SR22 even longer (as noted above). From what I understand from my Cirrus rep. (which is closely matched by the glueguy’s numbers) the upcoming production numbers for the most part doesn’t really move a particular buyer ahead of others who have waited significantly longer. Albiet I do wonder at times what is happening to the planes earmarked for “Cirrus”.
I understand an accurate delivery schedule is being worked on and should be forthcoming shortly.
This is a new company who continues to learn, plus they are not building widgets but an airplane, one that has both the FAA and trial lawyers to worry about.
I personally think we should all lighten up and be glad they are actually producing airplanes. I would hate to see this be a SR20 vs SR22 kind of place.
Regards M. Myers