Cirrus Transition Training Courses are organized to familiarize pilots with Cirrus aircraft, its advanced systems and avionics. The course provides thorough training appropriate to either the Cirrus SR-20 or SR-22. Consisting of both ground and flight lessons, the training will prepare you to navigate the skies and to deal with system failures. Upon completion, a transition training certificate will be issued, meeting the requirements for most insurance company's training requirements. (Be sure to check with your insurance company to ensure applicability.)

Cirrus Contact

For more information on Cirrus training, please contact:

Pat Gaston, Chief Flight Instructor

  • (317) 769-4487

 

Cirrus Course Schedule

The Cirrus Transition Training Course consists of eight lessons. The length of time to complete the eight lessons is dependent upon the experience of the individual pilot. The anticipated time requirements are outlined below.

Flying Experience

Approx. Days Training

If you have over 500 hours total time, and over 50 hours of high performance time, and experience with advanced avionics including GPS, and are instrument rated, current, and proficient...

2 Days

If you have between 200 and 500 hours total time, and between 25 and 50 hours of high performance time, and are instrument rated, current, and proficient...

3 Days

If you have between 200 and 500 hours total time, and between 25 and 50 hours of high performance time, and experience with advanced avionics including GPS...

3 Days

If you have less than 200 hours total time, or less than 25 hours of high performance time, or are not instrument rated, or have no experience with advanced avionics including GPS...

4 Days

Cirrus Transition Training Course Outline

The Cirrus Transition Training Course is accepted by the FAA/Industry Training Standards. The amount of time it takes to complete the course for each person is dependent on several factors:

  • Experience level of the pilot.
  • Overall knowledge of the aircraft and avionics.
  • Insurance requirements.

Lesson 1

This lesson is an introduction to Scenario Based Training (SBT) and Cirrus Transition Training. This ground lesson is to ensure the Pilot in Training (PT) has an understanding of the aircraft POH and the contents within at a level in which the scenario-based training can be conducted efficiently, effectively and safely. This lesson will include analysis of decision making processes, Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM) concepts and risk factors in relation to an accident scenario. This lesson will include an overview of the FAA Industry Training Standards (FITS) and the concepts of a FITS accepted course. The pilot in training (PT) and instructor will be introduced to the advanced cockpit of a Cirrus aircraft and practice normal checklist use, avionics symbology and functionality and CAPS training.

Lesson 2

An introduction to normal operations and automation using an aircraft or flight training device. Conducted on a planned cross country scenario, this lesson will include normal operations of critical equipment for flight in VFR and IFR flight. The PT will generate acceptable solutions and alternatives to normal procedures and ADM while performing automation management during a cross country scenario. The PT will implement normal procedures, including checklists, en route procedures and arrival procedures. The PT will make extensive use of the autopilot to gain proficiency in operating various avionics in the aircraft.

Lesson 3

Introduces operational characteristics and normal operations. This lesson is conducted on a planned cross country scenario to provide practice of normal procedures in a technically advanced aircraft and enhanced aeronautical decision making, information management, risk management and single-pilot resource management skills.

Lesson 4

This lesson is a scenario based ground session introducing Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM), which includes numerous risk management tools and techniques to reduce the overall risks associated with flying. This lesson includes the use of PowerPointTM presentation material and other media to introduce and explore scenarios based upon the certification and ratings of the PT.

Lesson 5

Provides an introduction to abnormal and emergency operations and automation competence using an aircraft or flight training device. Conducted on a planned VFR or IFR cross country scenario, the PT will generate acceptable solutions while properly utilizing the available automation and avionics. The PT will demonstrate extensive use of the automation to develop his/her skills relating to workload management and single pilot resource management (SRM).

Lesson 6

This lesson provides additional instruction regarding abnormal and emergency operations with emphasis on the ability of the PT to safely fly the aircraft without the use of the autopilot. Conducted on a planned VFR or IFR cross country scenario, the PT will generate acceptable solutions while using those resources, other than automation, to generate a safe outcome.

Lesson 7

Demonstrates ADM and SRM skills during normal, abnormal and emergency operations, while demonstrating both automation and manual flying competence. Conducted on a planned VFR or IFR cross country scenario, the PT will generate acceptable solutions while effectively using all available resources.

Lesson 8

The final evaluation flight that will take into account previously learned material. Conducted on a planned cross country scenario, the PT will demonstrate knowledge and skill levels that meet or exceed defined desired outcomes.