"The Cessna T182T was a trustworthy steed," Karlgaard says, "but it was underpowered and had poor fuel economy. To keep CHTs under 380, you had to run it at 19 gph. I tried running it lean of peak, but that wouldn't work. Also … I hate turbulence as Indiana Jones hates snakes." And in Karlgaard's opinion, the Cirrus "knifes through" turbulence far better than the Cessna. His wife, Marji, agrees. And while the ballistic parachute on the Cirrus wasn't a main factor in the purchase decision, Karlgaard says it's "a comfort to all of us, especially crossing the mountains."