Congratulations on getting back into the air. [Y] And, welcome to COPA! Many of us don’t monitor the guest portion of the forum. And, although you’ve already gotten some excellent responses IMO, there’s much more info on the member side of things.
First, I’m 71, as well! And, although I’m not a CSIP, I am an active CFI/II, have owned a Cirrus SR-22 for ~17 years, and fly quite a bit. I live in Gilbert, AZ and teach out of Chandler (KCHD) in a variety of ASELs. And, I’m not looking at providing instruction for you - just responding to your post. [;)]
Like Jerry, I think getting back into the aviation scene by reviewing the fundamentals shows sound thinking on your part. Plus, I suspect you’ll find it to be fun … and reassuring! While undoubtedly you’ll run across some things that you either didn’t know, have forgotten, or perhaps didn’t fully comprehend during your previous training, I think you’ll discover that you recall/know much more than you might expect. And, in terms of prior flight training, you have some significant advantages. IMO the fact that you’ve flown/trained in several different types of aircraft (including both high- and low-wing configurations) promotes flexibility in a pilot. And, that’s a very good thing!
Allow me to offer a couple of additional comments/thoughts about your reentry into this wonderful world of flying machines:
- I’d give strong consideration to getting current once again in an airframe that you have flown previously. Rather than dive into something new at this point, just get comfortable and reassure yourself (through your linear training approach) that you’ve “still got it”. You already have a great deal of experience! Your PPL and instrument rating are proof of that. Take advantage of that experience by doing rust removal in a familiar airframe.
- Once you are once again current and competent (but not necessarily IFR current) and if you’re still interested in flying a Cirrus SR-2X (i.e., a -20 or -22), then look at some transition training. COPA is a big proponent of using CSIPs and while I’ve never bothered (or spent the $$) to become a CSIP myself, there are some very good reasons for using one! CSIPs have to go through a factory program ensuring they teach using a standardized syllabus. The advantages of this cannot be emphasized enough. It’s not that the Cirrus airframe is difficult to fly - it’s not from my POV as an instructor and pilot/owner. But, it is a high-performance aircraft with a low drag profile. Energy management (particularly during approach/landing) is quite important. And, that’s a topic that doesn’t receive much emphasis when flying training aircraft like C-172s and simpler PA28s. Plus, SR-2Xs have newer avionics that most training planes. And, CSIPs are required to be familiar with those systems.
Personally, I really like the Cirrus aircraft; I have a 2002 SR-22. (The early versions were “half glass” and didn’t have a PFD, only an MFD.) My wife and I have flown all over the country in it. This summer, we took it to the Bahamas for six weeks. In February 2020, I’m taking a small group down to Baja (Mexico) to do some whale-watching. My point is only that I enjoy going places, and Cirrus’ SR series are wonderful planes for doing just that!
If you have questions, I suggest joining COPA. There’s an incredible wealth of aviation experience immediately available to any member.