In 1922, Amelia Earhart set the feminine altitude record of 4,267 meters (14,000 feet). A courageous and capable aviator, and inspiration to many. Go women in aviation.
“Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds, –
And done a hundred things You have not dreamed of —
Wheeled and soared and swung high in the sunlit silence.
Hovering there, I’ve chased the shouting wind along,
And flung my eager craft through footless halls of air . . . Continue reading “High Flight 2017”→
By the late 1990’s the Klapmeier brothers had moved away from constructing kit planes. They had a bigger vision that would change general aviation. In 1998 the FAA certified their first airplane – The Cirrus SR20. Nine certified SR20’s were shipped in 1999 as reported by the General Aviation Management Association (GAMA). Two years later the SR22 was certified and GA would not be the same. Continue reading “Cirrus SR22 Generation One (G1) Introduction”→
Here’s the right way to take-off in your new airplane. Embark provides Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilots (CSIPs) at no charge to pilots purchasing pre-owned Cirrus Aircraft.
The training is provided by the Cirrus network of instructors and paid for by Cirrus. Embark was created to train pilots buying Cirrus aircraft on the used market. It doesn’t matter if you buy the plane from an individual or broker.
Here’s the thing, statistics for fatal and non-fatal accidents indicate pilots flying without type-specific training from Cirrus trained instructors are at higher risk. Let’s repeat this message, pilots choosing not to receive instruction from CSIP’s are at higher risk for an accident.
Cirrus is a leader in developing world-class flight training materials and proficient flight instruction. Their company culture is dedicated to aviation safety. Embark raises that commitment even higher.
Welcome! This is the fourth anniversary of general aviation writing at wikiWings®. During the year, we added articles on airplane operating costs which is a significant topic of interest for pilots. There are now more than 73 detailed posts on the cost to fly. You can view the operating cost articles in chronological order by selecting “categories” on the wikiWings home page (Select Category is located in the right side margin). Just click on “Cost of Ownership” in the drop-down menu.
This past year, we congratulated the Cirrus Aircraft team for certification of the SF50 Personal Jet and posted eight articles on the new Vision jet including its expected operating cost. Continue reading “Wheels Up! 2017”→
On May 6, 2017, the second Cirrus Austin Texas Get Together (CATGT) occurred at Austin Executive Airport (KEDC). People arrived by both car and plane. Once again, music lightened the air and aircraft were on display in the large Hendrix Jet Center hangar next to the FBO. Several new G6 and G5 SR22’s were there along with the new Cirrus Jet. Rudy’s catered a great barbecue food feast. More than 120 Cirrus enthusiasts came together for an evening of music, food, fellowship and learning.
It was another example of the “Cirrus Life.” A journey with memorable moments and people carried along in personal stories about flying. It’s also about how today’s general aviation is transforming life among business, family and friends.
The 2017 Cirrus Vision SF50 Personal Jet was front and center. It was my first time to see the jet in person. The ramp stature of the aircraft is impressive. It has a higher stance and larger presence than the Eclipse Jet. And, the “V” quad tail is a striking style statement. Inside is a first class interior with a state-of-the-art avionics flight deck – called Cirrus Perspective Touch™ by Garmin. Continue reading “We joined Cirrus Aircraft enthusiasts in Austin Texas – May 2017”→
Over the past several months, we’ve reviewed “fixed expenses” associated with airplane ownership and have organized them into three groups: Yearly Fixed; Life Limited Components; and Other Fixed Costs. You can review detailed information about each of these by clicking the links below.