Greg is a Platinum CSIP - Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot - which means that he is factory trained and regularly audited by Cirrus to … read more
The FAA in June adopted a national policy notice instructing agency personnel to correct simple mistakes arising from a lack of understanding or diminished piloting skills through training and education rather than enforcement action. It is unclear if those changes are being broadly implemented in the field.
That’s the overwhelming skepticism among pilots and journalists alike… I got that opening paragraph from an article in Flying Magazine.
But I’m happy to report that the initiative is apparently real. I’m on the FAA Safety Team in the San Jose region, and I was recently asked by the FSDO (Flight Standards District Office) to conduct some remedial training as a result of this new program.
A pilot deviation was issued by ATC at Monterey (KMRY) to a pilot who violated a taxi clearance. The FSDO investigator found the airman to be apologetic, cooperative, and willing to undergo training in lieu of a certificate action (what pilot wouldn’t?!). I was paired with him and provided ground and flight training (with emphasis on airport diagrams, taxi operations). Upon completion, a quick note back to the FSDO was all it took to erase the deviation completely from the airman’s file.
Sounds like a great program. So remember, if you ever find yourself in trouble and on the phone with the FSDO: be cooperative, apologetic, and ask for training. It might just get you off the hook.
As prices of used Cirrus aircraft make them affordable to more owners, resist the temptation to treat a Cirrus as just another low-wing single-engine piston airplane. It’s not. The high-performance flight characteristics are outstanding, but come with some caveats. The avionics are also superb, but pilots need to know how the pieces work together and what to do when something weird happens.
The most recent fatal accident in a Cirrus involved a pilot new to the model who had recently purchased a used airplane. Some indications suggest that he declined transition training. Back in 2011, several of those fatal accidents involved pilots who lacked transition training to fly a Cirrus.
The Cirrus Owners & Pilots Association (COPA) recommends that any Cirrus pilot undergo a rigorous transition training program. Some insurance companies require it, for good reason. All Cirrus Standardized Instructors can adapt the transition training syllabus to individual needs. We believe that it pays off.
Read the full safety article on this and other timely topics in COPA Magazine, May/June 2015 issue.
Greg West (the author of this website), is a Platinum CSIP (Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot) in the San Jose / San Francisco Bay Area, and owns a 2004 SR22-G2 with Avidyne avionics. If you’re considering a similarly-equipped Cirrus, contact Greg today for pre-purchase consulting & evaluation, nationwide delivery, and expert transition training.
Were you sitting on the freeway today and thinking there must be a better way? Here in the Bay area the economy is going strong, and there has never been a better time to consider aviation!
Did you know that U.S. sales of piston engine airplanes and business jets jumped nearly 10 percent from 2013 to 2014? While individuals pursue aviation as a recreational avocation, successful entrepreneurs and corporations view aviation in a much different light.
General Aviation is helping many Bay Area executives and entrepreneurs maximize their time by minimizing their commute. With the economy on the rise and traffic getting more and more congested, there has been an uptick in the number of people learning to fly and buying planes. In a recent article in the San Jose Mercury News, time was referred to as the new commodity: “You have your typical executive in the Bay Area, who’s making $400,000 a year…he needs to get to a meeting in L.A. and he knows his company values his time, so he can’t afford to wait in line for 90 minutes at LAX, dreading what awaits him at SFO.” Private aviation offers flexibility and speed, and companies from small start-ups to Intel are seeing a boost in the bottom line by incorporating general aviation into their businesses.
“One industry survey showed that companies using private aviation enjoyed an 11 percent higher market-cap growth than those that didn’t use it and that they also generated more income due to productivity.”
Here in Northern California, a Cirrus aircraft offers the pilot and passenger a multitude of options for transportation. Whether you choose to charter a Cirrus, buy and then learn to fly in your own SR22T, or hire a corporate pilot to fly your team in your own Cirrus, let me assist you with your aviation needs. From business use to a weekend family flight, there is no better way to maximize your time than in a Cirrus!
Contact Greg to discuss how to get started!