What are the Requirements to Fly a Cirrus Aircraft?

What are the Requirements to Fly a Cirrus Aircraft?

Excellent performance, airspeeds several knots faster than the competition, an innovative blend of features, the unique Cirrus Aircraft Parachute System (CAPS), and an intuitive design for natural adaptation to avionics, it’s easy to see why Cirrus aircraft are highly desirable.

But what are the requirements to fly Cirrus aircraft?

 

How to Fly Cirrus Airplanes

The best way to learn how to fly a Cirrus airplane or any aircraft equipped with Cirrus engines is to take courses from a Cirrus-certified flight school.

For students with pilot licenses, Mach 1 offers a Cirrus transition course called VFR Cirrus Transition, a comprehensive course designed to help pilots transition into flying Cirrus airplanes. Such a course will teach experienced pilots about the unique instrumentation and handling of Cirrus-equipped planes, focusing on aircraft control, emergency procedures, avionics, and engine management, all while using Cirrus-approved curriculum. The result? Licensed pilots become fully competent in handling Cirrus aircraft, ready to embark on an entirely new and incredible experience in the air.

For brand-new students learning how to fly, the prerequisites to be a private pilot include:

  • 16 years of age to solo
  • 17 years of age for a license
  • Must have an FAA 3rd-class medical
  • Must be proficient in the English language
  • Be a U.S. citizen or comply with TSA requirements
  • Minimum of 40 flight hours Pass FAA Private Pilot written exam

The above are the requirements that all pilots need to fly Cirrus aircraft. However, different types of pilot licenses will have different requirements, and the types of Cirrus craft an individual would like to fly will also dictate the types of requirements that individual will have to meet.

The best thing to do for those interested in flying Cirrus airplanes is to speak with a certified Cirrus instructor. Such an instructor can assess the individual’s goals and determine the best training plan for them.

Where to Fly Cirrus Aircraft

To fly Cirrus aircraft on the west coast, one should look to the best flight school in California, Mach 1 Aviation. Mach 1 is the only Los Angeles flight school to have earned the esteemed title of a Platinum Cirrus Partner.

Credentials matter; if flying Cirrus planes is the goal, Mach 1 can make that goal a reality. With a reputation built on nationwide recognition for producing knowledgeable pilots skilled in the theory and application of flying, Mach 1 graduates students who are fully competent while sitting in the pilot seats of the best Cirrus airplanes in use today.

Unlike many flight schools that tend to rush the process, Mach 1 Aviation is passionate about creating educated, responsible, and knowledgeable pilots who put safety above all else and can handle any aeronautical event in their favorite Cirrus plane, no matter how complicated. For a quality flight instruction experience in top-grade, luxury Cirrus aircraft, call Mach 1 at (818) 390-9960, email our front desk at frontdesk@flymach1.com, or submit a convenient contact form.

Top 5 Most Beautiful Flight Destinations in California

Top 5 Most Beautiful Flight Destinations in California

Few places offer such a varied and exciting range of landscapes as California, and that’s why the Golden State is a premier destination for flying. A pilot can take off in a small plane at Half Moon Bay on the Pacific Coast, cross San Francisco Bay, transcend the Central Valley, fly over Yosemite National Park, then land at the Lee Vining airstrip in the desert.

In just about 90 minutes in the air, that flight will open the pilot’s eyes to the wonder of stunning natural landscapes, unique topographies, a variety of vegetation, skyline, mountains, valleys, forests, wildlife, and a vast visual splendor best experienced in person.

Though picking just a few of our favorites is challenging, the following sections outline California’s five best flight destinations.

 

Agua Caliente Airport

A lesser-known airstrip yet visually stunning and close to several attractions, the Agua Caliente Airport is 18 nautical miles south of Borrego Valley Airport, in the middle of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The airstrip is well-maintained, and its remote location creates a sense of peace and calm, much appreciated by pilots looking to escape the hustle and bustle of urban California city life. The nearby Agua Caliente’s hot springs are worth the $3 admission for a relaxing dip.

Expert tip:  The airport’s proximity to the mountains can make for varied wind and visibility conditions, so flight instructors at Mach 1 recommend pilots use runway 29 for landing and 11 for departure.

 

Oceano County Airport

Located a stone’s throw from the Pacific Ocean, the Oceano County Airport is an excellent staging site for flights over Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez, and the Danish village of Solvang. The area is famous for its vineyards, and the approach to the landing strip and departures from it present no particular difficulties. The nearby dunes provide endless seaside off-roading adventure, as Oceano Dunes is the only California State Park where visitors may drive vehicles on the beach. Beach buggies are available for rent, and there are several nearby restaurants for food and beverage. Visitors also enjoy hiking trails, shops, and overnight accommodations.

Expert tip: Due to restricted airspace around Vandenburg Air Force Base, the coast directly south of Oceano is a no-fly zone. Morro Bay VOR will help you with your navigation if you require assistance.

 

Lee Vining Airport

Located on the shore of Mono Lake, the Lee Vining Airport provides pilots and their passengers access to some of California’s most stunning nature sites. Mono Lake is a unique natural phenomenon, a saline soda lake with high salt concentration levels. Nearby Yosemite National Park, El Capitan, Half Dome, and the Tioga Pass all provide stunning views from the air, arguably one of the best aeronautical experiences in North America.

Expert tip: Instructors at Mach 1 recommend pilots approach Lee Vining through the Yosemite Valley and Tioga Pass. However, as Tioga Pass is almost 10,000 feet high, pilots must pay careful attention to the route, weather, and visibility conditions.

 

Trinity Center Airport

Located about 38 miles northwest of Redding, Trinity Center Airport is surrounded by picturesque mountains. Positioned near the north shore of Trinity Lake, this truly remote airfield allows pilots and their passengers to reach the natural beauty of Mount Shasta in a fraction of the time it takes most people to arrive at the mountain by car. Trinity Center Airport also provides pilots with an excellent introduction to flying in the mountains.

Expert tip: There are several ways to approach Trinity Center Airport, but Mach 1 instructors prefer to follow the Central Valley right up to its most northerly point, with Mount Shasta looming ever larger on the horizon.

 

Catalina Airfield (Airport in the Sky)

Catalina Island is a popular destination for many reasons. For one, it is the only island off the California coast where private planes are allowed to land. The approach over the sea is exhilarating, and the landing strip is unique and well-maintained. The island itself has a vast array of native flora and fauna, plus a large bison herd that was brought to the island in 1924.

Expert tip: While a shuttle provides transportation from the airfield to the town of Avalon, visiting pilots don’t have to leave the airport just to get a bite to eat! The Airport in The Sky’s DC-3 restaurant provides daily meals.

 

See it All with Mach 1 Aviation

The best flight school in California, Mach 1 Aviation has earned the esteemed title of a Platinum Cirrus Partner, the only flight school in Los Angeles to have earned that title and one of the country’s only schools of that caliber. People interested in experiencing the wonders of flight have reason to put their trust in Mach 1, as the Los Angeles flight school is known throughout the region for offering classes that are more comprehensive, involved, and hands-on than any other regional flight school.

Mach 1 is dedicated to producing knowledgeable pilots skilled in the theory and application of flying. Unlike many flight schools that tend to rush the process, Mach 1 Aviation is passionate about creating proficient pilots who put safety above all else and can handle any aeronautical event, no matter how complicated. For a quality flight instruction experience in top-grade, luxury aircraft, call Mach 1 today at (818) 390-9960, email our front desk at frontdesk@flymach1.com, or fill out our convenient contact form.

The Top 5 Reasons to Give The Gift of Flight This Holiday Season

The Top 5 Reasons to Give The Gift of Flight This Holiday Season

With the world of objects at our fingertips due to online ordering and delivery services, gifting commercial products and physical items to our family members and loved ones has lost some of its splendor. And with more Americans becoming increasingly aware of a need to find joy through what one does rather than what one owns, gift-giving this holiday season should be about surprising loved ones with experiences, not physical presents.

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend who’s always wanted to learn how to fly? But they never really got around to it? This holiday season, consider some of the many reasons why the gift of flight may be the best gift you could give.

 

Five Reasons to Give the Gift of Flight

At Mach 1, every detail of our flight school and aircraft is designed to maximize our aviators’ comfort, enjoyment, and educational experience. With that in mind, the following are five reasons to give the gift of flight this holiday season:

  • It’s safe and fun: As the leading Van Nuys flight training center, Mach 1’s flight instructors are known for the expertise and care they bring to each instruction session. That’s why a flight class with Mach 1 is both safe and fun.

 

  • An unforgettable gift: As a state-of-the-art flight training center, Mach 1 provides students with a highly immersive and luxurious experience. Mach 1 was one of the first Platinum Cirrus Training Centers in the U.S. and is still the only flight school to have reached this caliber in the Los Angeles area.

 

  • The best aircraft available: Mach 1 trains students in the most technologically advanced aircraft available today. Further, students work with top-grade equipment at a state-of-the-art facility inside Signature Flight Support West in Van Nuys Airport.

 

  • Learning a new skill brings joy: We don’t have to be in grade school or college to continue learning, and flight training at Mach 1 puts the instruction of the student at the forefront, empowering them with new skills and knowledge.

 

  • Flight is an experience like no other: While we’re quite proud of our photographs and videos of our flight instructors and students in action, no media fully captures the experience of learning how to fly Cirrus airplanes as much as actually doing it.

 

The Best Flight School in California

At Mach 1 Aviation, we live by the words of one of humankind’s first activation pioneers:

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”

— Leonardo da Vinci

 

Our approach to flight instruction is about training our students to be fully competent and knowledgeable in aviation’s theory, mechanics, and application. Unlike many flight schools that tend to rush the process, Mach 1 Aviation is dedicated to creating proficient pilots who put safety above all else.

The core goal of Mach 1 is to instill a deep understanding and mastery within our students. Our classes are more comprehensive, involved, and hands-on than any other regional flight school. And perhaps that’s why Mach 1 Aviation earned the esteemed title of a Platinum Cirrus Partner, the only flight school in Los Angeles to have earned that title and one of the country’s only schools of that caliber.

For a quality flight instruction experience in top-grade, luxury aircraft, call Mach 1 today at (818) 390-9960, email our front desk at frontdesk@flymach1.com, or fill out our convenient contact form.