Well, I’ve gotten up to Boulder, CO (1V5) a couple of times now to fly N162CD, and let me just say - WOW!
Here are the particulars of that aircraft: SR20; S/N 10061; “B” model with dual alternators, leather, 3-blade prop; Empty weight - 2127; Moment - 297.264; Ending hobbs today - 93.9;
It rents for $130/hr (wet) and the instructor is $33 (also wet when I fly!)
I am having some trouble in the landings, and would like some feedback from some of you lucky owners. The main problem, I think, is that it flies like a little hot rod - light, responsive controls and very slippery. On final it seems really really “hot” to me, but actually the airspeed is right at 75kts. I’ve flown a bunch of other airplanes with similar final approach speeds, so I’m thinking it must be the vertical velocity that’s giving me trouble. Here’s how they teach it there: On approach, throttle back to 2000 RPM. Put in 50% flaps at 120kts, which slows it to around 100kts. Abeam the numbers, set the power at 12", which slows it to around 85kts. On final (or base, it depends), full flaps, pitch for 80kts. We fly a fairly tight pattern and almost always have power at idle on short final, with 75kts for airspeed. It seems a lot faster than that, and I find myself raising the nose, which is a bad thing! So, how do you folks do it? I think I’d be more comfortable flying a somewhat shallower approach, under power, but I think the tighter, steeper pattern is safer (if the fan quits).
My only other concern is the location of the circuit breakers down by the pilot’s right knee. Are we supposed to be able to read those?
Any pointers would be appreciated. Also, not to start a huge debate, but in the pattern do you use pitch for airspeed and power for descent rate?