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…but don’t think it is the correct airplane to take my IR checkride in.
Do you mind explaining why not? I took my IFR checkride in my SR20, with only approx. 20 hours time in type at the time. It was amazingly easier than the C172RG I had done all my IFR training in. The workload was MUCH less, and the situational awareness was MUCH greater. I did have to spend a lot of time explaining the avionics, the various airspeeds for operation, and the flying characteristics of the plane to the DPE, because she didn’t have a clue.
(That led to some funny moments during the test - better left to another post - about how the tables got turned and DPE got embarrased when the “student” caught her making a safety-of-flight mistake, called her on it, and proved it with the POH.)