June 2002 Issue
I enjoyed reading your article comparing the Ovation, SR22 and Columbia airplanes in the May issue of Aviation Consumer.† I have owned a Cirrus SR22 for seven months and 180 hours and can state categorically that you have underestimated the†modelís cruise speed.†
I usually cruise between 8000 and 11,000 feet and I have never seen†the 165 KTAS cruise you cite in your article.† In contrast, I typically see 182 KTAS when operating ROP and burning 17 GPH or 173 KTAS when LOP at 13 GPH.†† To save fuel and reduce stress on the engine, I favor LOP operation in cruise.††
My typical IFR trip between San Francisco and Orange County†takes 2 hours and consumes 29 to 30...
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