With a rash of recent accidents, Cirrus Aircraft has decided to take affirmative action and urge Cirrus owners/pilots to take a 1 to 1 1/2 hour checkride at a qualified Cirrus Training Center, which begs the question: How safe are Cirrus aircraft. The Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association, in co-ordination with Cirrus Aircraft, has urged its members to participate in a special flight program involving energy management for their aircraft. The group noted that "A recent fatal accident involved a touchdown with a prop strike and subsequent loss of control. AOPA’s Air Safety Foundation has found that Cirrus aircraft generally fare better in pilot-related takeoff, approach, and maneuvering accidents, but worse in go-arounds." Cirrus pilots are urged to review the Pilot's Operating Handbook and complete the special curriculum developed to address the energy management problem, particularly as it relates to go-arounds and approach and landing. This additional training is urged for all pilots without regard to their total flight experience, including the amount of flight experience in Cirrus aircraft. I am not suggesting that this aircraft is unsafe, and commend Cirrus Aircraft and the Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association for taking action to address what they perceive as may be a problem in the operation of the aircraft. The safest pilots are well informed, well trained and current pilots in the aircraft they are flying. Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 Most accidents originate in actions committed by reasonable, rational individuals who were acting to achieve an assigned task in what they perceived to be a responsible and professional manner. — Peter Harle, Director of Accident Prevention,Transportation Safety Board of Canada ps: Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter "All Things Aviation" here!
by John M. White •