May 2004 Issue

Letters: 05/04

Loser Indeed
Reading your characterization of the Cirrus SR22 as a “loser” in terms of fuel efficiency in your March issue, I had to wonder whether you were even talking about the same airplane as the SR22 I’ve owned for a year. 

I routinely see 13 NMPG-plus at 172 to 175 KTAS, running lean of peak (LOP) in my Cirrus. I typically flight plan 175 knots at 13.8 GPH at 10,000 feet, providing me an endurance of 5.8 hours and a comfortable no-wind range of 850 miles with legal reserves. 

At 6000 feet, your test altitude, I get 175 KTAS at 15.7 GPH. Why anyone would opt for ROP operation at 19 GPH for an additional 2 to 5 knots is beyond me and my view and mode of operation i...

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