I have #122 and I also have an October 31 date. However, I have been unofficially advised to expect delivery around mid December 2001.
As for the bulb in the Sandel, I recall reading that during initial certification that the life of this bulb was dramatically longer than 50 hours. Regardless, for those who are still having a problem with the ARNAV, the Sandel 3308 will interface to just about anything! And if you still have anxiety, I would vote for replacing the turn and bank indicator with one that also incorporates and electric AI. I am about to do this in my Skylane.
I have #121 with a date of October 31 (haven’t had a revised date yet). I went for the A model for a few reasons. First, I asked if the auto pilot is upgradeable and was told that it is. Second, when I looked into the Sandel, in addition to many fine points, I found that you have to change the bulb that provides the backlight for the screen every 50 hours. That seemed like a pain, but it also got me thinking about how much fun it would be if that bulb burned out in IMC (I understand that that the 50 hour bulb change is supposed to prevent this, but I wasn’t interested in putting Mr. Murphy’s law to the test). Third, I would rather put the money into a storm scope, TCAD, engine monitoring and a back-up AI. I feel that would provide greater safety and value. Finally, I figured that going for the B model wasn’t going to advance my delivery date very much (in fact there was no change form the SR20 date).
Any word on when the SR22 “A” deliveries are likely to begin?
Just curious…anyone know about how many A model 22’s vs B model 22’s have been ordered? We have #102, an A model and would like to hear from other A modelers. Anyone out there with #101? I suspect since none have been delivered, and with enough voice, any substitutions (avionics) to this model might be possible.