I called Cirrus today to ask about the POH as I recall them saying that it would be available about now. They said it became available as of today. I ordered one.
I also asked about when my '22, #34, scheduled for April 30th, might actually be ready. At first the woman I spoke with guessed that it wouldn’t be May, maybe June or July. Then she checked with someone more authoritative and the word came back that it would be sometime in May, i.e., within 30 days of the scheduled delivery.
I asked (in a friendly way) what held up the '22 and the woman said she didn’t know and that the production people were quite tight-lipped. She said that they expected the first '22’s to be ready in “mid-February”.
I asked about the progress payments. She said that they were just about to send out letters to '22 position holders asking for progress payments ($15k). I assume (naturally) that these letters will just ask the folks who have deliveries in the next six months to pony up the cash.
I asked about possible factory options, like an air-data computer or TCAD/TCAS. She said lots of people ask, but they have no news on that front.
She was friendly and helpful. I told her how much I was looking forward to my plane and thanked her for being part of the company making such a great product.
PS. Has anyone measured the sound levels in the '20 (or the '22)? I measure both a Beech Duchess and a Cessna Cutlass at 100db. The level drops a few db if reduce the prop to 2100 RPM. Doesn’t change much between the front and rear seats. I have a 8 month old daughter and I worry about her hearing when she takes off her little lightweight Bose ANR (made for airline pax, doesn’t have a microphone, weighs 5.4 oz or 152 grams).