I got the following inquiry sent to one of the COPA email addresses; I replied with my own personal experiences, but discussed with the email writer the advantages of posting the query here, for more people to respond.
Here’s the query; feel free to reply here or directly to the questioner at Migiziequay@aol.com"]Migiziequay@aol.com[/email]:
My husband & I have had a SR20 on order for a long time. Our # is 269. We;ve both flown the plane several times, and did fall in love with all of it . One of our friends here in Duluth is part of a club with a SR20. It seems that the CG is quite forward, that if you have 2 larger folks (>170#) up front, you need lead placed in the back. It sounds as though flying with more than 3 on board is a challenge with the relatively low useful load. We were flying a Cherokee 140, got frustrated waiting, so recently bought a Cherokee 235, which we love. Soon we may have 3 planes on our hands - something will have to be sold. Would appreciate hearing realistic stories from owners as to traveling with 4 adults, cross-country. Can you do it safely without stopping frequently? Thanks,