Weekend Courses Help Keep Cirrus Pilots Current
It's one of those moments that just about every pilot has experienced -- the instant when you go from feeling confident and in control, to realizing that your skills are not as sharp as you'd like them to be. The cure for that sinking feeling is recurrent training, and for Cirrus pilots, it's time to sign up now for this year's series of Cirrus Pilot Proficiency Program workshops, held at various sites around the U.S., plus a couple in Europe. These intensive sessions offer nine hours of ground instruction and six hours of dual in the air, all in a single weekend, for $850. They fill up early, so sign up soon. You can also opt for a full 15 hours of ground instruction for $350. The sessions cover topics such as weather, single-pilot resource management, normal maneuvers, and emergency procedures.
Pilots who take the flight portion are encouraged to arrive with a list of areas they would like to emphasize. Some sessions offer special programs for non-pilot frequent flying companions. Sites for this year include Indianapolis, Ind.; Newburgh, N.Y.; Everett, Wash.; Denver, Colo.; Concord, Calif.; and Shreveport, La., plus one stop each in France and Germany.