I’m just starting my PPL and looking for some advice. Ultimately I want to purchase a SR22 to fly in the UK and around Europe. Multiple reasons for wanting the SR22 such as quality, safely, speed, equipment, range etc etc.
I’ve been told by a pilot friend of mine that I will be best learning in the type of aircraft that I will ultimately be flying - that makes a lot of sense to me. However I haven’t found a flying school that has either a SR20 or SR22, and there must be a reason for that….
I am based close to Andrewsfield and Earle’s Colne.
Is it a good idea/advantageous to learn in an aircraft that would ultimately be flown once a licence is gained? And if so does anyone know any flight schools in the South East that can do it?
Yes there are advantages to training in the aircraft make and model you will fly after earning your license, however it is not indispensable.
Cirrus SR20’s and SR22’s are ubiquitous in the training market in the USA, any scarcity of these in other markets is not due to the aircraft’s performance as a trainer which is excellent, heck Cirrus even sells an SR20 specifically for primary flight training.
I’m in the process of buying a SR22T, which I want on a G plate as I need to keep it on the CAA register for various reasons. I’m also British although I don’t live there.
I’m buying it though Cirrus UK who are also helping me with training. I’ve got 150 hours but lost my medical, a few years ago but can now get it back, so not quite a complete novice but need some training to get current before my renewal flight test.
It depends. Some ultimately fly a jet, and still they don’t learn to fly in one.
A first ever lesson in an SR22T vs. a C150 is a huge difference in my opinion. For some it will work, for others it will be frustrating.
An SR20 seems to me like a good compromise between old, worn out „junky“ spamcans vs. new glass cockpit leather seat gizmo filled modern planes.
Some airlines use Cirrus for training pretty early on but that’s under a rigid, full time training structure.
Cirrus are the top of the line of personal piston touring planes. Flight school planes for basic training (learning to fly, and especially to land) tend to be cheaper, simpler, slower and more forgiving types.
I’m not saying it has to necessarily be that way, but that’s what it is (in Europe even more so).
As a first step I’d go to the nearest ATO and do an introductory lesson. Ignore the old plane, focus on the flying. See how you like it.