FLIGHT TRAINING

What can learning do for me?

Why should you fly? As a pilot utilizing personal aviation, you can streamline your work days and redefine your weekends. Regional travel means long, unproductive car trips, withering commercial air travel or the cramped and dated option of most personal aircraft alternatives. But with a Cirrus, it is speed, freedom, convenience, and control in luxury car comfort.

Using your Cirrus, you will be able to go places you never thought you could go during a weekend, or conduct business trips to multiple locations in a single day. So forget the two-day travel time for that meeting. Conduct business 500 miles away, and be home in time for dinner. Toss the clubs or skis and your family in your personal aircraft, and make the most of your time off.

  • Depart from local, more convenient airports
  • Commercial airlines only serve select airports. With your own Cirrus, you can fly to more than 5,000 public airports in the United States, and many more if you fly in Canada, Mexico, Europe, South America and other regions.
  • Spend less time at the airport
  • Forget the two to three hours lost at commercial airports, not to mention the inconvenience of parking, taking a bus to the terminal, standing in line to check in, standing in line again to pass security and then waiting at the gate until the airplane is ready to board.
  • Travel on your schedule, not the airline's
  • With a private airplane, you can pull your car right next to your Cirrus, throw in your bags, conduct a 10- to 15- minute preflight inspection, start the engine and taxi for departure.

 

 

  • Fly directly to your destination, bring your family and friend and never miss a flight!
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Flying today isn't what it used to be 50 or even 10 years ago.Today's airspace is filled with more airplanes that are capable of travelling farther, faster, and higher than yesterday's typical aircraft. Today's pilot has also changed with the generations. He or she is probably very busy with a career, is often glued to a mobile device, and wishes there was more free time to spend with family or to enjoy other activities. He or she needs to use the airplane not only for fun, but also as a business and transportation tool.

As the world has changed, many aircraft and flight schools are still living in the days gone by. A typical flight school is offering the same type of flight training - geared toward local flying in good weather and "The $100 hamburger" - and in many cases the exact same airplane that was offered decades ago.

Cirrus aircrafts are the pinnacle of what General Aviation flying means today. Features such as advanced composite technology,

state of the art avionics, unparalleled safety features, ease of operation, and speed have made the Cirrus SR22 the best selling airplane in its class for the past 9 years.

Clearly, the old style of flight training is inadequate to prepare pilots for the challenges of safely and efficiently travelling thousands of miles in a single day, across multiple weather systems and through many types of airspace and terrain.

Today's pilot needs to be thinking about these challenges from day 1 and incorporating the required skill and resource management into every flight lesson. This method of training (called Scenario-Based Training) has been proven extremely effective in many other fields including the medical, military, and law enforcement industires.

Beginning your flight education in a Cirrus aircraft with one of our talented training partners will ensure that you are being prepared for flight in the 21st century.

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There are many ways to begin your flying journey with Cirrus. Any may be the right one for you depending on your personal situation.

  • Start training in your own Cirrus
  • If your goal is to someday own your own airplane, this may be the best option for you. Learning to fly in your own airplane will make the experience easier, safer, and potentially more economical than renting aircraft. You won’t have to worry about scheduling conflicts, rental fees and procedures, and the variability of aircraft you may fly. You may also lease your aircraft back to a flight school to offset some or even all of your operational costs - essentially “flying for free.”
  • Train with one of our excellent training partners
  • Cirrus’ global network of Cirrus Training Centers (CTCs) and Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilots (CSIPs) are experts in Cirrus flight training. Cirrus Training Centers will have a Cirrus aircraft available for rental and flight instruction along with professional flight instructors to put you on the right path of your Cirrus pilot education. Once you are ready to make the jump to aircraft ownership, your Cirrus Training Center will be able to manage your aircraft and potentially place it on their flight line to offset some or all of your operational costs.
  • Integrated Flight Training
  • For those who wish to realize the great utility and benefit of personal aviation from day 1, Cirrus and our partners offer flight training programs that integrate learning to fly with your personal and business trips. If you are a non-pilot and wish to begin your training as you fly for business or pleasure, this program may be the perfect fit. Using our state of the art Access to Flight training curriculum, your training will flow seamlessly through your Private Pilot License and Instrument Rating all while you are using your Cirrus for business or pleasure from the start.

Flight training network

Cirrus Aircraft's worldwide network of flight training professionals are experts in Cirrus flight training. We work only with exceptional people and organizations to continue our unprecedented training outreach. Our global network of Cirrus Training Centers (CTCs) and Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilots (CSIPs) will get you flying in a Cirrus aircraft quickly, efficiently, and safely.

CTCs and CSIPs have been personally trained and evaluated by the training specialists at Cirrus headquarters and follow the same training programs that Cirrus uses during factory flight instruction. All are held to the same high standards of excellence that Cirrus uses for flight training. Whether you are a seasoned pilot looking to expand your flying experiences in a new Cirrus aircraft or someone who dreams of learning to fly in a new, technically advanced aircraft, our network of Training Partners will tailor your flight instruction for a fantastic and exciting experience.

At Cirrus Aircraft, we understand that our owners expect knowledgeable, highly trained professionals, full-service maintenance and training facilities, and an array of amenities when they bring their aircraft in for service or seek flight training. We are committed to providing our owners with a network of the best maintenance and training facilities in the business.

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Revolutionary training facilities

Cirrus' global network of Cirrus Training Centers (CTCs) is composed of elite flight schools that specialize in Cirrus flight training and offer Cirrus rental. Many provide other services such as aircraft management, charter,and professional pilot services. Each CTC employs professional flight instructors that have been personally trained and evaluated by the specialists at Cirrus Aircraft Headquarters. The aircraft at CTC all feature the new and advanced glass cockpits by either Garmin or Avidyne, advanced safety and aerodynamic features and, of course, the Cirrus Aircraft Parachute System (CAPS™).

Cirrus Training Centers use revolutionary training material developed by Cirrus Aircraft which will make your flying experience efficient, safe, and most importantly, enjoyable.

Our scenario-based flight courses will do much more than prepare you to fly in the local airport area; the flight instructors at our Cirrus Training Centers will prepare you to safely operate your Cirrus in a wide variety of conditions and situations, giving you the maximum utility from the airplane.

By choosing to fly with a Cirrus Training Center, you are receiving the support and encouragement of one of the strongest and most popular aircraft companies in the world. When you walk into a Cirrus Training Center, you will immediately sense the values and principles of Cirrus Aircraft emanating from our Cirrus Training Center Network.

Become a CTC

Our global CTC network is expanding and we are looking for leading flight schools that share our vision of flying and flight training to join us and become Cirrus Training Centers. By partnering with Cirrus, you will have the power of the world- renowned Cirrus brand at your disposal, access to our revolutionary training materials, and the full backing and support of Cirrus Aircrft Corporation.

Our strong partner network further strengthens Cirrus Aircraft’s foothold on the market, so our success depends on yours. We are here to provide you with as much assistance as you desire in order to make your flight school a strong, competitive, and profitable Cirrus Training Center. As a Cirrus Training Center, you will enjoy a number of benefits and rewards:

Marketing and Advertising

  • Worldwide marketing support focusing on learning to fly, flying Cirrus, and the Cirrus Flight Training Network
  • Marketing assistance for your own advertising and promotion
  • Access to unlimited free Cirrus promotional material, including brochures, product catalogs, posters, and flyers
  • Customizable templates for your events, programs, and promotions
  • Promotion of and links to your CTC on CirrusAircraft.com


Flight Training Resources

  • Free online access to all Cirrus training and technical publications
  • Flight Instructor management and tracking via the Cirrus Training Portal
  • Cirrus-specific computer-based courses and instructional tools
  • Access to Cirrus’ revolutionary training materials


Discounts and Preferred pricing

  • Significant discounts on almost everything from our company store, Cirrus Connection, including training and technical publications, software, clothing, and other merchandise, with opportunity for resale
  • Partner pricing on flight training from the factory instructors at Cirrus headquarters
  • Preferred insurance premiums from our partner, Cirrus Insurance
  • Preferred pricing as a Cirrus partner from major simulation providers

Referrals

  • Direct training referrals from our flight training staff at Cirrus headquarters
  • Referrals from the thousands of people that visit CirrusAircraft.com to find flight schools that specialize in Cirrus
  • Inclusion in our Partner Sales Referral program, which incentivizes referrers of new Cirrus aircraft sales at more than twice the rate of non-partners


Support

  • Cirrus staff there to assist with technical flight training questions, business operation, and marketing strategy
  • Management and marketing training to help develop the “soft skills” necessary for a successful business
  • Invitation to attend the annual Cirrus Partner Symposium at Cirrus’ headquarters in Duluth, MN
  • Regional seminars focusing on flight training and CTC operations


Representation

  • Representation by Cirrus at industry and government conventions, seats on committees, and membership in industry organizations promoting flight school concerns and industry issues

Partner Requirements

We at Cirrus Aircraft take flying and flight training very seriously, and we require our partners to do the same. Some of the requirements to be considered for the designation of Cirrus Training Center include:

  • Modern, clean, and inviting facilities that represent the high quality, best-in-class brand of Cirrus Aircraft
  • Flight training philosophies and attitudes that are in line with those of Cirrus Aircraft
  • Professional, courteous, and knowledgeable staff that provide exceptional customer service and high training value
  • Designated Chief Instructor on staff who has completed Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot (CSIP) training and is a CFII with a minimum of 1000 hours total time and 500 hours dual given
  • At least one Cirrus aircraft available for rental and flight instruction that is representative of Cirrus’ current product line

For more information or to apply to join our Cirrus Training Center network, email csip@cirrusaircraft.com

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Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilots

Cirrus’s global network of Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilots (CSIPs) is composed of experienced Instrument Flight Instructors (CFII’s) that have been specially trained by the specialists at Cirrus Aircraft headquarters. These professional flight instructors have undergone extensive ground and flight training in Cirrus aircraft to distinguish themselves as an expert in Cirrus flight training. All CSIPs use standardized flight operations manuals, syllabus suites, and procedures to ensure that your flight training is consistent with other Cirrus pilots’ training and with that of the factory training at Cirrus Headquarters.

CSIPs can accommodate almost any flight training request or requirement and are the preferred training providers by leading insurance underwriters. Cirrus Aircraft strongly recommends that all initial and recurrent Cirrus training be conducted by a CSIP, a CTC, or with a factory instructor from Cirrus Headquarters. Schedule your next flight with a Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot near you.

Become a CSIP

As a Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot (CSIP), you are part of an exclusive team of instructors who specialize in teaching students to fly the best-selling, single engine piston airplane in the world – Cirrus Aircraft. Once recognized as a CSIP by Cirrus, you will be advertised and promoted on our website allowing Cirrus pilots to find you directly. In addition to the visibility you'll receive from inclusion in this worldwide directory, the CSIP credentials you have earned will enable you to teach pilots whose insurance mandates they train or fly with a CSIP. As a CSIP, you will enjoy a number of benefits and rewards:

  • Worldwide recognition as a Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot
  • Promotion as a Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot through the Cirrus website
  • Exclusive access to the latest Cirrus Training Materials and product information via our online training portal
  • An invitation to annual symposiums and periodic training communication from Cirrus developed for the Cirrus training network
  • Use of Cirrus corporate marketing tools and resources in promoting your training capabilities
  • Significant discounts on almost everything from our company store, Cirrus Connection, including training and technical publications, software, clothing, and other merchandise, with opportunity for resale
  • Direct training referrals from our flight training staff at Cirrus headquarters
  • Inclusion in our Partner Sales Referral program, which incentivizes referrers of new Cirrus aircraft sales at twice the rate of non-partners

CSIP Requirements

The requirements to become a CSIP are:

  • CFII (Instrument Flight Instructor) or international equivalent
  • 500 hours total flight time
  • 250 hours dual instruction given
  • Professional and moral character

To become part of our elite CSIP Network, start by filling out this application. For more information, please email csip@cirrusaircraft.com.

Initial CSIP Training

CSIP training is a comprehensive course and requires dedicated pre-training on your part to be prepared for the intensive flight training segment. Flight training occurs only with a Cirrus headquarters professional flight instructor with emphasis on developing your ability to fly and teach in a standardized fashion using Cirrus' proven syllabi. Closely mirroring the style of the customer Transition Training program, CSIP training goes one big step further as you will be required to demonstrate an instructor level of knowledge. By the end of the course, you will be expected to teach the last few lessons.

For most flight instructors, CSIP training is scheduled to occur over the course of 3 days with a mix of ground and flight lessons. The price is approximately $2700 which includes 3 days of flight instruction, 1 hour in our FTD, and a training kit. Aircraft rental/use, fuel, travel, and accommodations are not included in this estimate. Since the course is completely proficiency based, the course may be longer or shorter depending on experience and aptitude. Cirrus requires that all CSIP applicants have sufficient knowledge of systems and operations before on-site training can take place. Failure to properly prepare for CSIP training will increase your overall training time and expense.

CSIP Renewal

To retain your status as an active and current Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot (CSIP), you must renew your CSIP status each year. The CSIP Renewal Application can be found on the Cirrus Training Portal and you will be reminded of your renewal two months prior to your expiration.

To renew CSIP status, each CSIP must complete the renewal application and one of the following activities:

  • Complete online renewal modules*, or
  • Complete recurrent flight with Cirrus Factory Instructor or authorized Platinum CSIP or CTC

* To qualify for the online renewal, CSIPs must have conducted 100 hours PIC in Cirrus - 50 of which is dual instruction - in the previous 12 calendar months.

Flight Training at Cirrus Aircraft Headquarters

It all begins here.

At Cirrus, we believe that a well trained pilot is a key element required to maximize the aircraft's utility in the safest manner possible. We also believe that training is never concluded, but continues throughout the life of the pilot. Cirrus Aircraft's Flight Training Department specializes in providing flight education in all Cirrus aircraft models. Train with experienced flight instructors who teach exclusively in Cirrus and are amongst the most experienced Cirrus instructors on the planet. Expand your capabilities and comfort levels in our exact cockpit replica, Frasca Flight Training Device. Select a packaged training course or work with us to build a training experience tailored specific to your needs.

Our courses can be easily adapted to meet your needs and insurance requirements. Most training is conducted one-on-one, but each course can be easily adapted to accommodate training with multiple pilots including spouses, aircraft partners, and associates. It is highly recommended to conduct training on-site in Duluth, MN, allowing you to take advantage of our Frasca Flight Training Device and avionics procedures trainer and conduct a tour of the Cirrus campus. If your schedule does not allow training in Duluth, our Factory Flight Instructor can travel to your home airport and conduct training. You can also take advantage of our Accompany Home service and simultaneously conduct training while en route from Duluth, MN to your home airport. Or, we can ferry the aircraft to you and conduct flight training at your home airport.

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Our courses can be easily adapted to meet your needs and insurance requirements. Most training is conducted one-on-one, but each course can be easily adapted to accommodate training with multiple pilots including spouses, aircraft partners, and associates. It is highly recommended to conduct training on-site in Duluth, MN, allowing you to take advantage of our Frasca Flight Training Device and avionics procedures trainer and conduct a tour of the Cirrus campus. If your schedule does not allow training in Duluth, our Factory Flight Instructor can travel to your home airport and conduct training. You can also take advantage of our Accompany Home service and simultaneously conduct training while en route from Duluth, MN to your home airport. Or, we can ferry the aircraft to you and conduct flight training at your home airport.

With a combined total of over 20,000 Cirrus flying and teaching hours, Cirrus Factory Instructors are amongst the most experienced Cirrus flight instructors and pilots on the planet. Based at Cirrus headquarters, our instructors teach exclusively in Cirrus aircraft and specialize in providing flight instruction in all models of Cirrus aircraft.

The most experienced Cirrus instructors on the planet. - Right Block

Experience the benefits and gain valuable insights by flying with a seasoned instructor who fly and teach in Cirrus aircraft throughout the US and world. Our instructors go beyond the role of a typical flight instructor and will ensure that your training event is enjoyable, educational, and worth your time and efforts.

Our Frasca Flight Training Device is an exact cockpit and avionics replica of an SR20 or SR22, G3 equipped with Cirrus Perspective avionics. The Frasca TrueVision™ visual system with a 14 foot tall, 220-degree wrap around visual screen creates a realistic flight experience with the ability to simulate unlimited weather and environmental scenarios. Cirrus courses strategically integrate flight simulation to increase training efficiency and to provide realistic emergency training that is not safe or possible in the actual aircraft.

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Our Frasca Flight Training Device is an exact cockpit and avionics replica of an SR20 or SR22, G3 equipped with Cirrus Perspective avionics. The Frasca TrueVision™ visual system with a 14 foot tall, 220-degree wrap around visual screen creates a realistic flight experience with the ability to simulate unlimited weather and environmental scenarios. Cirrus courses strategically integrate flight simulation to increase training efficiency and to provide realistic emergency training that is not safe or possible in the actual aircraft.

  • Transition Training (VFR Emphasis)
  • The three day Cirrus Transition course is designed for licensed pilots who wish to fly a Cirrus aircraft. The course focuses on mastering aircraft control, engine management, use of avionics, use of autopilot, and important emergency/abnormal situations in VFR conditions. Completing the Transition Training course satisfies most insurance requirements or aircraft checkout procedures for pilots new to Cirrus aircraft. This package includes 3 days of one-on-one instruction, an aircraft / avionics specific pilot training kit, and 3 hours in the flight training device.
  • Advanced Transition Training (IFR Emphasis)
  • Maximize the aircraft’s utility by completing the Advanced Transition Training course. The advanced version of the Transition Training course develops your proficiency in the IFR environment and culminates with an instrument proficiency check. This package includes an aircraft / avionics specific pilot training kit, 5 days with a Factory Flight Instructor, and 6 hours in the flight training device.
  • Perspective Upgrade Training (VFR Emphasis)
  • The Perspective Upgrade course, designed for experienced Cirrus pilots upgrading into Cirrus Perspective, focuses on the skills and knowledge to operate the Cirrus Perspective avionics suite and upgraded electrical system. Rehearse basic programming tasks using the avionics procedure trainer and simulator before mastering tasks in the aircraft. The focal points of the course are VFR flight planning, communication control, PFD setup and controls, MFD page navigation and controls, autopilot usage, reversionary mode control. This package includes an avionics specific training kit, 1 day with a Factory Instructor, and 1 hour in the Flight Training Device.
  • Advanced Perspective Upgrade (IFR Emphasis)
  • The Advanced Perspective Upgrade course focuses heavily on instrument procedures in Cirrus aircraft with Perspective avionics. The course is designed for pilots that have prior Cirrus experience and desire to become instrument proficient at the conclusion of training while learning the intricacies of the Cirrus Perspective avionics system. The course concludes with an instrument proficiency check and you will enjoy the benefits of being able to maximize the aircraft’s utility right after training. This package includes 3 days with a Factory Instructor, an avionics specific training kit, and 3 hours in the flight training device.
  • Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot Training
  • As a Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot (CSIP), you are part of an exclusive team of instructors who specialize in teaching students to fly the best-selling, single engine piston airplane in the world – Cirrus Aircraft. Once recognized as a CSIP, you will be advertised and promoted www.cirrusaircraft.com allowing Cirrus pilots to find you directly. In addition to the visibility you'll receive from inclusion in this worldwide directory, CSIP credentials will enable you to teach pilots whose insurance mandates they train with a CSIP. For qualified instructors with no prior Cirrus experience, the training will take approximately 3 days to complete. A condensed course is available for instructors with prior instructional experience in Cirrus aircraft. The package includes 3 days with a Factory Instructor, an aircraft / avionics specific instructor kit and 3 hours in the flight training device. For more information about becoming a CSIPclick here
  • Airframe / Power Plant Upgrade
  • The Airframe / Power Plant Upgrade course is a great course for Cirrus pilots upgrading into a Turbo or Turbo-normalized Cirrus. Learn need-to-know engine management techniques that are critical for engine longevity and the ins and outs of high altitude flight planning, use of supplemental oxygen, high altitude weather, physiological concerns, and emergency procedures. The package includes an aircraft and avionics specific training kit and 1 day with a Factory Instructor.
  • CAPS (Parachute) Training
  • All pilots flying Cirrus aircraft should complete formal CAPS training. The training experience is greatly enhanced when conducted in a realistic flight training device. Through repetitive CAPS activations and challenging emergency situations, you’ll be more confident that you will use CAPS properly if the necessity arises in flight. This package includes 2 hours in the flight training device and a half day with a Factory Instructor. Combine this package with the Cirrus Airmanship Refresher course or other courses to increase the value of your total training experience.
  • Airmanship Refresher
  • Many general aviation accidents occur during the landing phase of flight. These accidents are typically the result of poor airmanship or aircraft control capabilities, which may degrade over time or periods of inactivity. Complete the Airmanship Refresher course if you are interested in honing your aircraft control skills. Completing the takeoff and landing challenge along with the slow flight and stall series will boost your confidence and expand your pilot capabilities. Rehearse emergency procedures in the flight training device and know that you will be better prepared to handle situations that can arise in flight.
  • IFR Refresher
  • Real-life IMC approaches actually occur surprisingly infrequently, as does holding, circling approaches, or missed approaches. IFR pilots are strongly encouraged to complete the IFR Refresher course to help remove some rust but also to build confidence and increase aircraft utility. Pilots wishing to get back into IFR flying or looking to expand their IFR capabilities will find this course both challenging and rewarding.
  • Partner in Command CAPS Training
  • Frequent non-pilot passengers are encouraged to attend the Partner in Command course which focuses on basic procedures for activating the aircraft’s parachute system, basic autopilot procedures, and basic communication procedures. The flight training device provides an optimal environment for practicing multiple activations. In addition to CAPS activation, you’ll learn basic autopilot procedures, communication procedures, and post deployment survival tips.
  • Customized Flight Training or Services
  • Our flight training department can customize a training mission that meets your needs. You also may chose to conduct training outside of Duluth, MN or use your instructor to assist in a ferry flight or accompany home while conducting training. Contact us at 218.788.3217 or email training@cirrusaircraft.com to customize a training plan for you.
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Our mission is to provide a training program that is as unique as both the Cirrus Vision and the pilots who will fly the aircraft. Through the strategic use of technology, simulation, distance learning and professional flight instruction, the Cirrus Vision training program will truly be a one-of-a-kind experience. The training program is designed to build your confidence, skills and judgment to safely operate the aircraft and maximize its utility.

Cirrus will be there to guide you through each phase of our four part training program consisting of:

  • Pre Training
  • Type Rating
  • Mentoring
  • Recurrent Training

Each phase is tailored to maximize your time investment. Whether this is your first jet experience or you are a seasoned jet pilot, the Cirrus Vision training program will be customized to your abilities and experience. Stay tuned for more information.