On my acceptance flight in a SR22, which accounts for my entire 0.6 hours in type, I noticed that the pitch trim was mighty sensitive. I pride myself on having a light touch on the controls, but the sensitivity of the pitch trim seemed excessive to the degree that it seemed doubtful that one could learn to Â“blipÂ” it briefly enough so as not to cause a bobble. This was most noticeable when transitioning to level flight after climbout.
I was told that a Â“work aroundÂ” was to engage the autopilot and altitude hold and let the autopilot make the transition, then disengage the autopilot, and, viola, youÂ’re trimmed. That sounds like what it is Â– a work around.
I was told by an old FAA salt once that trim rate is predicated at maneuvering speed. I did a search of Part 23 and didnÂ’t see any specific reference to that, although there are some references to trim rate in Part 25, which wouldnÂ’t apply. Part 23.677 does specify that when any one connecting or transmitting element in the primary flight control system fails, adequate control for safe flight and landing is available withÂ… the longitudinal trimming devices. No mention of rate.
In any case, it is radically different from the electric trim in my Bonanza 36, which is so slow as to be almost useless, especially when transitioning to landing configuration.
SR22 drivers out there Â– whatÂ’s your experience with the pitch trim sensitivity? Is it something that you can learn to use in a way that allows for smooth transitions? Are the majority of transitions in practice done by the Autopilot as opposed to hand-flying?