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Jeez, this is the only aviation website I know where a few posters at least make it singularly unfriendly. You just jump on people in a very unfriendly way, and I have witnessed it a bit too often over the years. I followed the plane for a long time as I have at various times contemplated buying one. Every time someone raises a safety concern or wants to discuss it, someone like you seems to quickly state “this is being discussed amongst owners” brushoff, - or get personally attacked or called a troll.
Fine, I have only been flying 20 years and am passionate about it, but most pilots and forums where I occasionally go to seek information are the friendliest groups of people I know.
I know this is only a few people, but they are like this one in the tone of his response.
Go for example to the caravan website where we can have legitimate discussions about the future of the plane in icing without this type of passive agressive attacking.
Not this website, certainly not after it got divided into public vs private.
Others have responded, but let me add my perspective. I’m a long-time COPA member and very interested in your concerns about our community. Although you claim to have been around for years, your member profile is newly created to make these posts. I don’t know what to make of that, except that I don’t know much about you, your interests, your connection to safe flying, etc. Frankly, the COPA community demonstrates a lot more caring for people flying Cirrus planes that I ever expected from an Internet-based group of people using computers to talk to each other.
However, one of your posts contains a key question:
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This one appears to be avionics/glass panel related, but too many others are pilot error apparently This is such a great plane from all accounts, I wish there was a way to understand what it is that is creating these issues.
And COPA has been working very hard over the past four years to understand what is creating these issues. So we believe that there is a way. Join COPA, read the members postings, participate in COPA safety events, no plane required.
Despite your experience, were you aware that Aero-News.net recognized COPA as one of the best programs in 2005? Their summary: “one of the most valuable safety and educational programs that owners of the Cirrus Design series of aircraft can engage in. Via a very active series of chatboards, annual meetings, regional and international classes, and countless safety, social and educational programs, COPA has built an esprit de corps among CD flyers that has no equal in GA (though a few others are starting to emulate the model… GOOD for them).”
Having said all of that to explain why COPA matters to me, let me extend an invitation to stay a little longer and learn more about your questions and your concerns.