Deciding what type of airplane to learn to fly in is the first (and arguably most important) step in a pilot’s journey. How you begin your training will have an impact on your flying future and help you achieve your desired goals.
The choice of aircraft may also influence your desire to complete your training. Comfort, training curriculum, and environment are all impactful to keeping you on-task with your training. Cirrus is a modern aircraft with creature comforts like air conditioning. A comfortable environment will aid in learning and decrease stress.
The Cirrus SR-20 aircraft is one of the world’s safest
and most advanced GA airplane.
Cirrus bucks the trend of legacy airplanes by modernizing General Aviation flight with advanced avionics found in modern jets coupled with docile handling found in more traditional training airplanes. For these reasons, universities, major airlines as well as the United States Airforce have removed legacy airplanes from their training fleet and have converted to using Cirrus for primary and advanced training.
Safety is at the core of the Cirrus platform.
When you think of Cirrus and Safety it’s very easy to think, “Parachute.” While this is the most visible technology Cirrus has built into SR20/SR22 airplanes it is just one aspect of the airplane’s safety – and possibly not the most significant.
Cirrus incorporates safety features in its aircraft in many ways: Aerodynamics and other passive features can help protect you from inattention or distraction; situational awareness and stress reduction features reduce workload and help you give a flight the attention it deserves.
The inclusion of the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS) gives pilots a brand new option in the areas of flight that have historically caused the greatest safety incidents in GA regardless of pilot experience or type of airplane. As an example, nearly all spins close to the ground (1,000ft and under) have been an unrecoverable event until now. The CAPS system is a pilot’s ultimate backup in situations where legacy airplanes have no such alternatives for a safe outcome. In addition, the workload-reducing features of the advanced avionics and auto-pilot give pilots options that just don’t exist in legacy training aircraft. Statistically proven time and time again, it’s the safest GA airplane to fly. Period.
There is an old saying “Train in what you plan to fly”.
If your intent is to fly your family and friends, why not start in the plane you intend to fly long term. As a low-time pilot, it can be more difficult to re-learn aircraft systems, speeds, procedures, sight pictures, and maneuvers. One great option is to start in an SR20 and transition to the SR22 or SR22T after completing IFR training. And who knows, maybe then make the transition to the SF50, Vision Jet.
Some people will argue that the Cirrus is “too complicated” or “too much plane” for private pilot or advanced training but that is comparative to what they know. If you are starting from scratch, everything is new. Someone brand new will learn the Cirrus just as quickly and easily as they may learn another training plane because they have nothing to compare it to. Arguably, the Cirrus is easier to learn than an older more basic training aircraft because of the modern systems, stress-reducing features and environment.
Aside from safety, learning to fly in a Cirrus affords unmatched comfort, availability, performance and style. The handling features, large power band and overall characteristics of the airplane are well suited for training for your private pilot’s license as well as instruments and commercial licenses.
A plane with a plan.
The Cirrus Aircraft is an exceptional platform. State of the art equipment, safety resources and a standardized approach to flight training make personal and business aviation both enjoyable and safe.
In addition to the aircraft, Cirrus offers a wealth of other training tools like Cirrus Approach, Cirrus iFOM, and Flight Fix as well as a vast network of Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilots and Cirrus Training Centers worldwide. This integrated network of aircraft, online tools, Cirrus instructors and training centers supports new students and ultimately results in pilots learning more effectively and being more comfortable with their aircraft quicker. It is also a highly standardized, universally recognized method of training. There is an entire ecosystem of learning and training infrastructure provided by Cirrus and partners like Nassau Flyers that provide pilots and student pilots an entire educational system along with the aircraft itself.
The choice is yours but it’s an astonishing difference
we encourage you to find out for yourself.