I’ve been where you are not that long ago. And when I was there, I found this website. I joined, and now I am excitedly awaiting the pick up in Duluth of my SR20.
I had always wanted to fly. I remember my first toy airplane at the age of five. Over time starting at age 26, I experienced flight in a Cessna taildragger. Later, a 172 and a decade later in a friends twin Seneca. While I still had the desire to fly, I lacked the confidence to go for it…not to mention the money. At age 50, I realized if I ever was going to realize this dream, I had better get to it. Basically, at the spur of the moment with some encouragement from my wife, I took a discovery flight. It was only a while after landing that I realized I was not intimidated at all…must have been the left seat. Soon thereafter, I enrolled in lessons and after a convoluted progress that would fill another book, I finally got my ticket about 18 months ago. My wife was so supportive ( or stupid) depending on how you look at it that she jumped in with me seven days after my checkride. We had a great flight and after lots of discussion, decided we needed our own plane. Cirrus flew down a demo, we took a ride, and she was OK until I put her in the front seat ( I sacrificed flying to sit in the back). She loved the view and the ride in the front and agreed to attend M2 in Duluth with me this past July. We had a blast, met lots of nice and supportive people, including Steve who has offered suggestions on this thread. When we returned home she offered more encouragement and so here we are, hanger, insurance, and transition instruction arranged waiting on delivery.
Cirrus has produced an awesome aircraft. They have paid attention to what common sense would say the aviating public would want. As an architect, I was, from the beginning of training, befuddled as to why new airplanes looked like old airplanes. Where was the innovation? Where was the technology? Where was common sense design?
Call Cirrus, get a demo flight, bring your wife. If that doesn’t ignite a fire in you to go for it, nothing will. And if your wife has the slightest interest in at least being your passenger, she will become your ally. But first, make sure you get her in a Cessna. She needs the comparison. (not knocking Cessna, they are great planes). But the Cirrus is, well, more for today.
Sorry to be so wordy, but when I asked similar questions on this site a while back, I found stories from others thought provoking and encouraging. I hope in some small way this helps. I wish you all the best in your future decisions regarding aviation and look forward to hearing of your progress. Keep us all posted! And as others have offered, if you want to chat just email me for my phone numbers and I would be happy to share experiences and answer any questions you may have.