I don’t contribute as much as I take from this forum, so thought I’d post a little story about this weekend’s trip. I just got my license a month ago so this was my first long foray in the Cirrus. With all the pertinent discussions of various squawks here I’m happy to report that, besides the very real oil temperature cooling nuisance, everything ran smoothly. I had a 100-hour check on the plane last week and everything came back fine, including compression. This weekend’s trip took me from Santa Monica (home) up the west side of the Sierras to Fresno and then over the mountains to Mammoth. I returned down the east side but had to pop back over the Sierras at Olanche to avoid forest fire smoke. Next day took me up the coast (Big Sur!) to Monterey (met Walt!), then on to Concord and Santa Rosa. Yesterday was a 2 1/2 hour straight shot down the Central Valley from Santa Rosa to Santa Monica. Ground speed in mild winds hovered at about 150 kts with fuel flow steady around 11 gal./hr. The auto-pilot is so easy to use it feels like cheating. All-in-all a great weekend of flying in a great plane that’s running well. Ain’t that what it’s all about?
, besides the very real oil temperature cooling nuisance, everything ran smoothly. I had a 100-hour check on the plane last week and everything came back fine, including compression
Has there been anything said or done to decrease the oil temps during climb? Is an aftermarket oil cooler/radiator an alternative? Has Cirrus talked about redesigning the cowling to change the airflow? Or maybe the best question: just what kind of restrictions to climb are you encountering? aa (N204AK)