The SR20 is destined for the Museum’s Aviation Learning Center. In May I chaperoned my seventh grader’s field trip to the Museum, where his class went through a two-hour cirriculum designed to introduce them to the real world of general aviation flying. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the cirriculum is centered around the SR20. They use an interactive computer-based program to flightplan, check weather, do a weight and balance calculation and generally prepare for a flight.
Then they preflight an aircraft, which is where the SR20 comes in. Not only is Cirrus donating an airplane for this purpose, but they (the Museum and Cirrus) want to replicate the concept at museums and schools around the country. The director of the program told me that Cirrus would provide a non-flying “model” for other locations if the program goes.
I suggested that, if they want to think big, they should find a way to get such a program into shopping malls on the weekends. The more kids we can get excited about flying, the more secure the future of general aviation.
I think it’s great (and typical of their foresight) that the Klapmeiers are willing to take advantage of a unique educational opportunity.
Michael SR20 N262BM