My SR20 with C configuration, leather, and 3-blade prop was 2103 pounds.
Looking at the 20, versus 22, my take is that the 22 is faster, and does have a higher useful load. Terrific plane, in my view. On the other hand, the 20 burns significantly less fuel. Also, the useful load comparison needs to take into account that the 20 is better able to travel with less than full tanks because of its better fuel economy. Said differently, if you look at a given trip on the 22 versus 20, plan a consistent reserve, and look at how much weight each plane can carry, the 22 typically does better but not nearly by the amount of the useful load/full tanks difference.
If you’re 200# AND you want to fill the seats with adult people, forget about the fueled-for-3.5 hours SR-20 from airports at ANY altitude, much less places like Tahoe.
I was close to getting a “B” model SR-20, and requested they tell me the realistic empty weight of the delivered aircraft. Response from Cirrus was “2,207#” which, with a gross (at the time) of 2,950# left me with all of 743# useful load BEFORE fuel. And you’re looking at a “C” model which, I suspect, will be heavier.
Comrades, I need your advice. I am torm between choosing an SR20 “C” with Stormscope, BF Goodrich Skywatch, ARNAV Engine Monitor and Sandell HSI - vs - an SR22 “A” with its basic package w/ no BF Goodrich Skywatch. At this point, I dont think I can afford the SR 22"B" .
I’m 200 lbs and intend to go flying with full seats. In addition, I intend to go to “high” places like Lake Tahoe (6500 MSL).
I’m concerned about the SR22 fuel burn and its endurance but I am trilled at its ability to haul 4 people. Yet, it’s a lot more expensive.
Well hope to hear from you soon,
Mario SR20 #411