The Lancair Columbia is supposed to have a 75% power cruise speed of 190 knots, verses 180 knots for the SR22, on the same 550-N engine. Is somebody fudging here, or is the Columbia airframe that much slicker?
(I’m getting second guessing myself here since I just sent in my deposit fo a SR20.)
David: First, don’t second guess yourself, I think you will be very happy with your decision.
Secondly, we all know that many manufacturers fudge a bit on the numbers. I have it on pretty good authority that the SR22’s numbers are about 2-4 kts SLOW not fast as is usually the case.
Third, the Columbia is probably a bit faster, they used a few aerodynamic tricks that CD chose not to for various reasons, not the least of which was visability.
Fourth, when is your delivery date? What number are you? Now, if you put your deposit down on a Lancair, when do you think you would receive it? How many have they delivered? (Does anyone know the answer?) Isn’t flying in a real airplane which is <10 kts slower better than THINKIKG about flying aroung 10 kts faster?
Fourth, compare the prices of a similarly equipped planes. The SR22 is a better buy.
Finally and probably most importantly, figure out a variety of your typical flight plans using both planes numbjers. On a 400 mile trip, I bet you will find that the time savings is only about 10 minutes at best.
Good luck with your plane.
Marty SR22 # 16)