Posted by: Orlando Web Services | July 31, 2011

Mid-Summer Training Update

So far its been a pretty hot summer and therefore working indoors with air conditioning and drudging through the Cirrus Workbook has had more appeal than flying. I am pleased to report that the Workbook is now complete and that I have handed it off to my instructor who was also kind enough to help me with Section 5 which deals with aircraft performance.

As part of my Cirrus Transition training we are required to complete the Cirrus Workbook in order to become more familiar with the aircraft performance and the systems onboard the aircraft. You can download the Cirrus Work Book if you are interested in seeing it.

Besides the workbook, I have been trying to use the CATS software mentioned in my previous article in order to learn more about the Cirrus SR-20 aircraft. Sadly, after going a few rounds with UND Aerospace Foundation, the CATS software still fails to save my progress and the aircraft configuration. I have spent more time on dealing with this issue than actually using the software for training. In disgust, I am forging on without UND Aerospace Foundation and have expressed my frustration to Cirrus. For a $299 outlay you would think that the software would function as advertised, but even during the installation I received a permission error…which I fixed. This technically won’t stop me from going through the sections and taking quizzes, but it forces me to re-configure my aircraft every time I launch the software.

As for my transition training in the plane, that will be a slow go. There is no substitute for being in the real plane and flying. However, it is clear that the more you learn on the ground, clearly translates into less thinking and time wasting in the air if a warning light were to comes on and so forth. As in all planes, knowing how to deal with the loss of an engine or an engine fire top the list of things you should know how to handle without a checklist. In the Cirrus other items to consider are: run-a-way trim or a rogue autopilot. It’s important NOT to create an emergency out of something that at the moment might not be an emergency.

Hopefully more Cirrus flying will be coming in the future!

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