I’ve heard two different schools of thought on this subject, that go like this:
“Don’t flight train in an advanced aircraft like the Cirrus. Stick to the basics and just get your license in a simpler aircraft like a DA20 or a 172 with steam gauges. The Cirrus is a great airplane but more complicated, which can trip you up on your check-ride. After you have your license and feel like you are ready, move up to a Cirrus SR20 or 22. It will make you a better pilot to advance progressively and to fly different aircraft.”
“Train with what you are going to fly in. If you want to fly in a Cirrus, try and find a Cirrus to train in. It may take you extra hours to get your private in a Cirrus, versus another airplane, and it may cost much more per hour, but it is money well spent as you will be very experienced in that aircraft.”
There is a flight school that rents a Cirrus SR20 for $255 per hour, and their flight instruction rate is $79 per hour (it kind of irks me that they charge $59 per hour for non-Cirrus instruction). The plane is a 2014 and very nice. This compares to, for example, another flight school that rents a modern DA-20 at $120 per hour and the instruction rate is just $40 per hour.
So the cost is more than double. Is that money well spent? Or is it better to start flight training in more of a traditional “trainer” aircraft before moving up to a Cirrus?