Took a ride over to John Tune Airport in Nashville today to meet with my new flight instructor – spent a very pleasant hour talking with her and working out a rough training plan to get me back in the air!
This is the aircraft I’ll be flying – a 2018 Cirrus SR 20: it’s quite a step up from the basic trainers I’ve flown almost exclusively prior to now, but it’s the sort of airplane I have always aspired to fly. It has all the very latest avionics, including ADS-B in (for real time weather and traffic displays), plus, like all Cirrus aircraft, it has an airframe parachute – if anything catastrophic happens, the pilot can pull a handle in the cockpit and deploy a large parachute that will then bring the aircraft down to the ground.
The training plan is for me to get a flight review completed ASAP so I’m current as far as the FAA is concerned. Then, I’ll complete a Cirrus Transition Training course which will certify me to fly Cirrus aircraft like the SR 20. Once those two things are done, I can start flying for fun (renting the same aircraft!) and also begin working on my instrument rating.