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This is what scares me about ever owning a Cirrus… The minute someone mentions any problems they are having everyone jumps on them about not being a member and discussing it on the other side. Seems that everyone is trying to squelch anything bad about the aircraft.
Most folks are not going to join the COPA board until after they have purchased a Cirrus. Yet the way this thing is setup, you can’t access much detail until after you join. Seem backwards to me.
I’d agree with your post if the purpose of COPA was to sell airplanes on Cirrus Design’s behalf.
COPA is not selling planes. COPA does not financially benefit from your decision to purchase a Cirrus or not.
COPA’s value is a membership.
Would you be scared to buy a set of golf clubs because the golf course did not give you free rounds of golf (or lessons) on their course?
Cirrus is sells airplanes For about $300k and up. COPA sells membership…the value of which is the network, information and access. A COPA membership only costs about $50 yearly. Any true aeronautical enthusiast would agree that $50 (now less than 1 hour of gas) is a bargain.
I can see that a response on the “guest” side could be interperted as squelching. However, most issues raised on the guest side are discussed at length on the member side. The content of those threads can accumulate to hundreds of hours of aggregated composition. Encouraging someone to join to get the answer from my perspective would be the best suggestion to get a complete answer. Additionaly the membership side is dynamically interactive.
You may find the process backwards and that feeling is probably noted by the board managing COPA. However, there are more than 2100 people who have stepped forward with their wallets and suggested the system as designed is equitably fine. Personally, I can provide my testimony ‘the $50 paid to COPA has been the best value of ANY purchase I have ever made in aviation.’
Last, I’m concerned for Harald, where is he?
His post is like a Hit and Run accident.
There were legitimate responses to attend to his question. Harald should exercise some basic etiquette to reply to others that have attempted to help him IMHO. If something happened to him I’d like to know. Did he get resolution? If he was a member I could probably call or email Harald to make sure he is ok. At this point I can not even be sure he is a real individual.
Fly Safe, from just a COPA member…