A friend of mine flew the SR20, and mentioned that the ventilation system wasn’t too good. When I flew it, the heater was stuck in the on position, so of course it was warm.
Any insights from anyone on this metter? Also, any news about the air conditioner availability and its cost?
My heater was stuck on and it did make for some warm trips now the weather is getting warmer.
However I’ve just been back to Holland to have a few things sorted and it was a very simple job to adjust it , I would do it myself next time.
Generally the ventilation system is very good with a variable hot/cold air supply that in its hottest position is very hot. You can vary this from full cabin through to full screen. Without thinking, we were picking up some ice on a trip recently and I put full heat on the screen. In the front we got the benifit of the screen heat , unfortunately the passenger in the back didnt say anything untill we were on the ground when she admitted to being frozen.
The same trip had a bad start. We were climbing out after take off when I smelt something burning.
Your brain is still thinking this one through when the black smoke starts rising past your leg, by now your passengers have caught on and are pointing out what you have known for at least 10secs. and didn’t want them to know. At this point I wished I knew my emergency checklists. For your information I now know you can open the doors in flight and they will stay 2 or 3 inches open. Anyway I made a pan call did a 180 and headed for the field. By this time the smoke had stopped as quickly as it started. We continued back,I cancelled the pan, this didn’t prevent us being greeted by three fire engines determined not to be robbed of their bit of excitement. I did manage to persuade them not to cover us in foam.
Straight to the maintenance hangar, a very thorough inspection found nothing, everything worked, no fuses tripped. I took a flight with the engineer did everything we could to the plane swichted everything on, nothing.
The general view was that a bit of plastic had got drawn into the heater sleeve, which is wrapped around the exhaust, melted and given off the acrid smoke through the heater. This could have been caused by a bird starting to build a nest which has happened there before apparently.
I have since done over 10 hours with no problem.
Anyway I had then to persuade my two female passengers to get back into the plane to continue our trip to France. Of course my wife didn’t have much choice but I thought the other was very brave especially as the first hour was over water.
On a brighter note, I now have done about 40hours in the plane and it feels better all the time. The comfort,the space, the all round vision,the ergonomics of the cockpit, all the engine instruments to the right in a similar green sector scanned in a glance, three GPS screens giving total situational awareness, a superb audio system. Its great fun to fly or just switch on the autopilot and she purrs along. You always feel so in control. Ithought initially that main wheel steering with a castoring nose wheel was a disadvantage, wrong , you soon get use to the steering and when you want to show off just spin her round on one wheel. Sorry, once I start I get carried away.
Regards to you all.