Lancair Mako versus SR22
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I am planning to buy either a used cirrus sr22 or the Lancair Mako, leaning towards the Mako as it is significantly better value for money, I.e. I can buy a new turbo for the price of a 10 year old Cirrus. I would appreciate any feedback from anyone as to the pros and cons of each in order that I can make this difficult decision. Although the Mako is experimental, There are options available that enable me to have very little if any hand-on building time.
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You can't compare a factory production certified airplane to an Experimental-Amateur Built.  One is designed and constructed to exacting Federal standards, and the other was built however the designer and builder chose, and may have a big pile of surprises in handling, control responses, insurability, maintainability, supportability, and reliability.  You can see the differences even between the E-AB Lancair ES and the production Columbia 400 derived from the ES (I've trained people in both).  You have decide whether it's worth the risks to save the money.
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Much appreciated Ron
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Dave Hirschman, one of AOPA's Editor at Large, wrote a relevant article titled "Evaluating an Experimental Aircraft" in June of this year. You may want to read it: https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2020/june/pilot/evaluating-experimental-aircraft
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It really depends upon your definition of "significantly better value".  You are comparing an established company product with over 7,000 certified flying aircraft (and in high demand) with a home built project of questionable value. Further, there will be an insurance difference as well.  At time of resale, the certified established and in demand aircraft will be much easier to sell as well.
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Both good options.  There are some excellent builders that can equal the quality a certified airplane.  The SR22 or Columbia both have wider cabins, more comfortable for larger people.  I've owned a SR22 and Columbia, almost bought an ES a couple of times.  The resale of a certified airplane is easier, more buyers.  Insurance a little higher on experimental, maintenance and upgrades much lower.  Mako should be faster all things being equal.  Everyone loves the parachute but there is the added cost every 10 years.