In Wake Of Crashes, Cirrus CEO Appeals To Pilots

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In the wake of three fatal crashes involving Cirrus aircraft in the past couple of weeks, Cirrus CEO Alan Klapmeier is urging pilots to set and follow their own personal limits for flying in marginal weather. And although his message is addressed to Cirrus owners and pilots, it could apply to just about any pilot. In a letter to Cirrus owners, Klapmeier urges them to take stock of their abilities and review all the safety-related material and services the company has created to try and prevent accidents. "Historically, weather has been one of the most significant risk factors affecting general aviation," Klapmeier wrote, noting that the onset of winter magnifies and extends potentially dangerous conditions. "We, as prudent pilots, must adjust our decision making to the new season."

Even though few people know Cirrus systems and performance data better than Klapmeier, he said in the letter he intends to review all the relevant safety and systems-related data and make sure he's up on the best places to get weather information. "As Cirrus pilots, we owe ourselves, our passengers, and our families a professional approach to operating our airplanes," he wrote. "It means that we are proficient at risk management, information management, and aircraft automation management all the things that Cirrus transition and recurrent training are intended to support."