Cirrus Aircraft Launches Private Pilot Program

Cirrus SR Series at Oshkosh
Credit: Molly McMillin/Aviation Week

OSHKOSH—When asked whether one is a pilot, the response is either “Yes” or “Not yet,” says Todd Simmons, Cirrus Aircraft president of customer experience. 

That’s certainly the case at AirVenture 2023. 

As the world’s largest general aviation airshow opens in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Cirrus officials unveiled its new Private Pilot Program designed for students to learn to fly a Cirrus SR Series aircraft and earn their private pilot’s license. 

The program includes immersive ground school training plus a dedicated Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot (CSIP) through a Cirrus Training Center. The course is designed to help students complete their private pilot license in a Cirrus aircraft. 

“Learning to fly and earning a pilot’s license is what moves the personal aviation industry forward,” says Zean Nielson, Cirrus Aircraft CEO. “From day one, our mission has been to grow engagement and participation in personal aviation.” The new program will make the experience easier. 

The program includes 11 modules with 40 lessons for a student to go through pre-study material, ground instruction lessons, flight instruction videos, performance assessment and quizzes. The study material was written by Cirrus Aircraft flight trainers.

The Private Pilot Program includes 11 modules with 40 engaging lessons that take you through the pre-study material, ground instruction lessons, flight instruction videos, performance assessment and quizzes. Captivating by design, the Private Pilot Program is a highly specialized training program offering specific flight training content to learn to fly a Cirrus aircraft alongside a dedicated CTC and CSIP by leveraging study materials designed and written by Cirrus Aircraft’s flight training experts.  

Access to an instructor pilot is a key part of the program, Simmons says. 

Insurance companies prefer to insure pilots who have gone through Cirrus training programs, Simmons says. That includes those taking programs for the Cirrus SR series aircraft or its Cirrus Vision SF50 very light jet.

Cirrus has been expanding and hiring pilots. The company has had good momentum in hiring younger pilots early in their careers. 

The program is available now through Cirrus Aircraft’s corporate-owned flight training locations and U.S. network partners.

Molly McMillin

Molly McMillin, a 25-year aviation journalist, is managing editor of business aviation for the Aviation Week Network and editor-in-chief of The Weekly of Business Aviation, an Aviation Week market intelligence report.


1 Comment
It will never fly, Period. As a first step to interest one in proceeding in a flying career o.k. But to strictly try to "make" pure recreational pilots is a stupid endeavor. Why? Too much money to be a strictly recreational pilot. That and a bum amblyopic right eye kept me from pursuing an aviation career. Gave up after ~150 hours.