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Got to fly a Cirrus SR22 yesterday

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by sopdan, Jan 30, 2005.

  1. sopdan

    sopdan

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    And it was free! :) My flight school is looking at replacing the current fleet and Cirrus loaned us a SR20 & SR22 to test out. This particular plane had all the bells & whistles, and they really are cool planes.

    The sidestick was different from what I was used to, but by the end of the flight it really wasn't bad at all. The PFDs weren't as hard to adapt to as a lot of articles make them out to be, either. However, there is a lot of information that can be presented on those things. And TCAS for small aircraft, definately a good idea, you can find traffic that you missed very quickly with the alerts.

    Another feature that was nice was the 'power' lever. There is no throttle or prop lever, as they're incorporated into a single lever.

    The SR22 has lots of power, as you would expect with a small composite plane with a 310 HP engine. We rotated at 73kts, retract the flaps above 80 knts, and climb out 100 kts, and it pretty much happens as fast as you can read that. At 57% power, we were cruising in excess of 150 KIAS.

    My one complaint was that you sit fairly high in the cabin, which limits your visibility up high when looking outside, and I'm only 5'11".

    If I had lots of money, I'd be tempted to buy one. :)
     
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    Sounds dreamy. When you get one, could you get one for me, too?
     

  3. sopdan

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    Did you pop the tail chute at altitude just to see if it works? - Lee
     
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    PilotKitten Mrs. MrMurphy

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    You suck Dan. Why didn't you tell me? lol. ;Q
     
  6. sopdan

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    It was a spur of the moment thing, I was there, and they needed people to go up and give opinions. :)
     
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    PilotKitten Mrs. MrMurphy

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    Lucky you. ~1

    Wish I coulda been there...lol like they woulda let me go up anyway.... ;Q
     
  8. Wulfenite

    Wulfenite The King

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    What did they tell you the hourly would be on them?
     
  9. sopdan

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    Didn't ask, so they didn't say. ;) But by the time we get them, I'll probably be instructing there anyway, so it won't be my dime. :)
     
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    Just found out you can rent a Cirrus at my local GA airport.

    $169/hr, with discounts if you buy in blocks.



    Looks like an outstanding aircraft.



    I really gotta get going on that private pilot license.
     
  11. Wulfenite

    Wulfenite The King

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    If you read through the accident investigation website the FAA has up it sure seems like you see way more Cirrus's listed than you should given how many you see on the ramp. http://ntsb.gov/ntsb/month.asp
     
  12. ateamer

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    Yep, and it has nothing to do with the plane. Cirrus is getting a bad rap because people with more money than brains are buying them. It's just like the Bonanza used to be.

    AFAIK, none of the Cirrus crashes have been due to the plane. One was due to a mechanic improperly reattaching an aileron. The rest were JFK Jr. type stuff - pilots getting in over their heads.

    I would love to be able to afford flying a Cirrus. I don't like the panel, though - too carlike. I like a flat, grey aluminum panel.