Yes, however the Air Force is...well...The Air Force. You don't have a choice whether or not you want to slack off or actually work for it...in GA
, if you're a student pilot with very little time, a Cirrus is way too much airplane for someone like that to handle. And the same with LH
in arizona, you're being trained to fly airliners basically, and im sure the instructors who are teaching you are damned good at making sure you are gonna be good enough to move up. I am just saying, in a normal private pilot and on up training program, the Cirrus is not the airplane you want.
#1. too fast, too much power
#2. you can't log complex time (for a single engine land category airplane to be logged as complex time it must have retractable gear, flaps and a constant speed prop). The cirrus has a fixed landing gear.
#3. the cost would be outrageous. A used airplane costs around 200,000, and if you buy new with all the bells and whistles you would be spending probably close to $400,000 on it. This airplane, like any other high powered airplane requires more maitenance and expensive parts and the like...most likely to break even a flight school would have to charge over $300/ hour on it with instructor costs.
Now im not saying the Cirrus isn't a great airplane, because goddamn it is, my only point was that it is not economical nor practical to train primary students in the Cirrus. I would feel a bit apprehensive about placing a commercial student in that airplane if he had never flown a high performance airplane before. It is just sooo much powerrrr.
*edited for un-words*
[Edited 2004-12-02 02:53:35]