- total newbie, non-pilot still but thinking about getting pp license, researched and researched and seems that cirrus sr22(?) is the one i’d go with, would first train in one too
my question is is the T (turbo) version worth the extra expense? purchase, fuel, performance, maintenance, resale?
my mission would pretty much be personal trips up and down the US east coast, two to four adults, leaving from the philadelphia area, going to small airports, small towns, some fishing and golf, long weekends
safety of course is number one, the descrip of the sr22t on the cirrus site says that it is rated for 25,000 ft but that the sr22 is rated for 17,500 ft (except if you add the oxygen option, that apparently allows a higher ceiling, but didn’t say what it was)
from what i’ve read, it seems that in general a non-turbo, regular piston version has fewer maintenance issues, uses less fuel, and i’m all for good, longterm use, albeit at a slower speed, but what else (besides some speed) would i be losing? for example, does the non-turbo not perform well at higher altitudes (allowed apparently by the optional oxygen system)? or what if i got the sr22 with all the options, just no turbo, would this be taxing the plane lots more than if it were an sr22t with all the options?
thanks so much