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 aircraft 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 12 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 industries.
Beginning your flight education in a Cirrus aircraft with OpenAir, a Cirrus training partner, will ensure that you are being prepared for flight in the 21st century.