As another who bought a Cirrus after very few hours and did my instrument training in it, I echo Marty’s sage advice. Here are two more:
- budget for lots of flying time early to build experience.
I realized that my insurance was going to be expensive until I got an IFR ticket and several hundred hours of time-in-type. So I planned to fly a lot in my first year. Lots of cross-country flights with lots of different experiences. When I got my IFR ticket and passed 200 hours, I called my insurance broker and they asked and got a reduction! May not happen ever again, but no harm in asking. Renewal was even lower with more experience.
- expect your instructors to limit your endorsements to what you can handle safely
For this, you need to carefully consider your instructor’s approach to you in this high-performance aircraft. It’s not a trainer, but then again, it’s possible to handle with restrictions. My instructors all gave me limitations on my endorsements – no solo in marginal VFR, no solo in Class B except designated routes that I’d flown with instructor, high performance with no crosswind landings over 10 knots and no Class B without flight following. My solo limitations were removed by my PPL examiner, my high performance limitations were removed by my IFR examiner. I thought this was business as usual so I was surprised to learn that not the case. Choose your instructors carefully, ensure that they teach you how to use the whole plane – albeit a bit at a time – but avoid instructors who won’t let you use the autopilot for IFR training (it has it’s place) or some other cavalier or simplistic approach to flight training in a Cirrus.
Good luck! Have a great Cirrus day.