Reason 5 – Turbocharged Cirrus

In a 500 nautical mile flight, how does the Piper Archer compare with the Cirrus SR22TN turbo-normalized aircraft? Is the Archer’s smaller 180 HP Lycoming engine more efficient than the SR22TN’s larger 310 HP Continental engine? Which plane consumes more fuel on the trip?

For years, I flew the Piper Archer II between Houston Texas and Birmingham Alabama and believed the smaller engine was more efficient but I was mistaken.

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