These courses are primarily geared toward Cirrus. Please contact us if you have a different airplane make.
This is an intense course with a lot to cover. If you are very familiar with the avionics from previous flying, the VFR transition course will typically require 3 to 5 days with the CSIP consisting of two ground sessions and two flight sessions per day. The dual VFR and IFR transition course will typically require 5 to 7 days with your CSIP, if you are familiar with glass cockpits and are proficient flying IFR. If you are not intimately familiar with glass cockpits, or not IFR proficient, expect to add an extra 2 to 4 days.
Recurrent Check, Refresher Training, Flight Review, IPC
Cirrus recommends a refresher course 90 days after initial training to review normal procedures, and to answer any questions that may have arisen while flying your Cirrus. Cirrus recommends a recurrent check every 6 months consisting of one ground session and one flight session with the CSIP in an observation capacity only.
A Flight Review and / or Instrument Proficiency Check can be completed in conjunction with almost any of the training programs outlined herein.
Your airplane is an excellent platform! During this training, you are setting a good foundation and creating solid safe flying skill.s This is typically completed in three stages: the pre-solo where you learn the airplane and the maneuvers to fly solo; the cross-country, where you learn to plan and fly longer distances both with an instructor and solo; and the checkride prep.
Simultaneous completion with two students for training is encouraged. Each learns from the other, speeding up the training process. The key is that both students need to be on the same schedule with the same availability. The ground portion can be completed together. While flying, the first student rides in the back while the other flies, and then the students switch – an amazing amount can be learned while observing.
Your airplane is the perfect platform to take your flying to that next level!
A fast-track program is preferred, where the on-line course, the self-study portion of the transition course, and the written test are completed prior to the start of training.
Cirrus Pilot Transitioning to a Different Cirrus
Note: The limited transition course is only recommended for pilots with a fair amount of experience in a Cirrus and transitioning to another Cirrus model, such as a pilot transitioning from an SR22 with Avidyne to SR22 with Perspective+ avionics. If only somewhat comfortable with the Cirrus, the full transition course is a better choice
Flying by reference to only instruments is challenging, interesting, and significantly expands the utility of your airplane by expanding the weather conditions wherein you can fly!
We feel it is very important for you to obtain real-world experience in a variety of weather conditions and geography. It is important you have actual experience flying in the clouds and become proficient.
A fast-track program is preferred, where the self-study portion of the instrument course and the written test are completed prior to the start of training. The training is typically broken down into three stages: Learning to fly the airplane with no outside visual reference; the building blocks of approaches and en-route; putting it all together from departure, enroute, and the many approach types.
Simultaneous completion with two students for training is encouraged. While flying, the first student rides in the back while the other flies, and then the students switch – an amazing amount can be learned while observing. The key is that both students need to be on the same schedule with the same availability. The ground portion can be completed together.
Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI)
Certificated Flight Instructor - Instrument (CFI-I)
Certificated Flight Instructor training is a noble achievement - you are able to impart your knowledge to others! The training itself is very focused on building a deep understanding of the fundamentals of teaching. No longer are you expected to just know the information - you are expected to be able to teach someone else the information! The CFI training can consist of many hundreds of hours of self-study, along with practice training sessions with your instructor. The actual flying is a minor portion of the training.
Below are a few apps and training materials
CFI Bootcamp on-line course
Sporty's Learn to Fly Courses
King Schools Online Get it All Packages
ASA FAR/AIM app for iPad
Sheppard Air Test Prep