I agree with you Monty. Someone must have thought the old Cirrus site was not as sophisticated as say the Eclipse site. The problem with this thinking is that the graphics art people go crazy with a concept and make it unusable.
Please, give us back a white backgound with dark letter. Keep it simple and easy to navigate. I thought the older site fit the bill perfectly!
Want to add some cool stuff?
1- Put a form to reserve N numbers from the FAA with a lookup for existing numbers (as on AOPA.org)
2- Put some video (RealPlayer) on the site.
3- Add more factory shots - close ups showing the details of how stuff is done by your very capable staff - (don’t give away sercets but some of us are very interested in how our bird is assembled)
4- With permission, pictures of the smiling new owners and their birds.
5- Have a contest (online with viewers voting) for the coolest place an owner has flown a Cirrus (quarterly)or something similar. With pictures to prove itof course!
6- Sell Cirrus stuff on the web (hats, pens, shirts, etc (how about Scale Models? Posters?) - This is very easy to do and could pay for maintaining the web (read “profit center”)
- sub out the order fullfillment to another company to keep your staff free to build planes
7- Have the Garmin 430 Operating Manual (PDF file) and trainer download available on the site.
8- Work out a deal with a good simulator company to mimic the SR 20’s flight charecteristics and sell the software from the site. Hell, if I can’t fly a real one for two years then I can at least have a blast crashing the sim while I wait.
(I know you sim flyers try to barrel roll the 182 200 feet off the ground!)
9- Online financing arrangements for new owners - have a spot to calculate monthly payments and operating costs
10- Install a form for submitting complaints and comments.
Cirrus is in the enviable position of having customers who have never flown an SR20 that are passionate about the airplane and the company. They (Cirrus) are doing almost everything right! I believe the website could be better and I hope these suggestions, plus any others, are received in the positive spirit that they have been given.
Went to CirrusDesign website. I must say it is very poor. Specifically, dark letters (and too small) against a black background. Additionally, cannot read options list; pictures are too small and of poor quality; flow of info not logically laid out. Overall poor internet effort for Cirrus.