This is the SR20 that I fly. I saw it when it arrived and admired the way it is clearly 30 years newer than the current offerings from the old-guard GA aircraft manufacturers.
This particular plane doesn’t get much use (about 10 hours/month) because of its cost relative to the other planes available. Even though it rents for twice the other planes at the FBO, I wanted to fly it in order to get out of the 1970’s-Piper/Cessna rut I’ve been stuck in for twenty years.
The responsiveness and speed of the SR20, relative to other small singles, has forced me to improve all my skills (except for coordinated rudder inputs!!!). Even though it has lots of goodies to help you fly and navigate, the SR20 is more demanding of a pilot than the simple docile Cherokees I’m used to.
I’m a better pilot for having flown this plane and I appreciate Dakota Ridge Aviation’s willingness, patience, and ability in getting me there. It’s been a great opportunity for me. And I still have to polish up a bit more!
I hope more SR20s show up at FBOs so that more people can discover what modern aviation can be without having to actually buy the latest and greatest aircraft.
Flew into Boulder Airport, CO and noticed
Dakota Ridge Aviation have a SR20 on the line for
$130 an hour. The guy I spoke to said checkout
takes 2-3 hours and is given by one particular
Given that an old 182 in these parts costs $100 an
hour this is not a bad deal.
I have no association with Dakota Ridge - just
suprised to see a SR20 for rent.