ThereÂ’s no need for me to "make myself feel better about my former position at your expense.Â” IÂ’ve never regretted for an instant my decision to buy the TB20. I got it much cheaper, years earlier, and it will flat outperform the SR20 in every aspect except economy. ItÂ’s just as fast (slightly faster, if you believe the book), actually has a useful Â“usefulÂ” load, has longer legs, seats five, etc., etc. Sure, itÂ’s not as modern, but I can fly farther, carry more, in any weather an SR20 can, and to the same minimums when I get there. Sure, I have to work a bit harder, but I enjoy Â“flyingÂ” as much as Â“monitoring.Â” (I find a bit of reverse snobbery to be useful here: Â“Gadgets? I donÂ’t need no stiinking gadgets!Â”)
Spending another $75K would have gotten me a 0% increase in utility. DonÂ’t get me wrong, IÂ’m as much a gadget freak as anyone, but theyÂ’re hard to justify in terms of straight utility. If I had unlimited funds IÂ’d have an SR22 today. But donÂ’t feel sorry for me. ThereÂ’s life after Cirrus, and it ainÂ’t bad, for some folks.
But back to the issue at hand. Cirrus put in the CAPS as much for (Jim FallowsÂ’) civiliansÂ’ confidence as for safety. All IÂ’m saying is that a civilian watching a pilot struggle to start a brand new airplane might have that confidence shaken just a bit. We pilots know that once it’s started, it’s started, but I doubt most civilians have that insight.
Frankly, I wonder whoÂ’s trying to make whom Â“feel better.Â”