Cirrus Flight Training at SRQ Aviation

Our mission


To deliver to you the highest level of skill and training. We do this by being exclusively Cirrus. But that’s not all we do. Flight training at SRQ Aviation gives pilots a full, comprehensive foundation so they can fly with complete proficiency and confidence.

Garmin Perspective

All planes in our fleet of new Cirrus aircraft are equipped with Garmin Perspective, glass cockpit avionics, air conditioning, and many more amenities. In other words: training will be safe and comfortable. No other flight school in Sarasota can guarantee this level of service during their training.

Scenario Based Training

Real life scenarios training (the FAA labels this “Scenario Based Training”) is an improved method of flight training that moves away from antiquated teaching methods. It allows pilots to gain real-world flight experience. Our unique scenario-based training helps you master essential skills faster.

FAA Approved Training Simulator

The safest pilot is the prepared pilot, and our FAA Approved Training Simulator prepares you for real world challenges and simulated extreme weather conditions without real world consequences. This simulator reduces your overall training costs and increases your ability to develop good habits that transfer to real-life flight.

What training is right for you?

At SRQ Aviation, you’ll train on advanced, state-of-the-art planes with experienced, Cirrus-certified instructors. All your training is done on your time, on your schedule. Exceptional training. Tailored to you.

Private Pilot Training (PPL)

Your PPL training is a combination of home study through Cirrus’ training portal, simulator training, ground instruction, and flight time. Once this training is complete, you’ll pass a written test and a “checkride,” which is an oral test, as well as an in-flight practical test with an FAA-designated evaluator. Your private pilot’s license entitles  you to operate single-engine aircraft in clear weather conditions. 

Learn More about Cirrus Flight Training at cirrusapproach.com.

How long does it take?

Every training is tailored to the student pilot, so you can take as long as you need to earn your license. The minimum requirements of the FAA are 40  flight hours and 20 instruction hours. However, Cirrus pilots usually require 55-75 flight hours because of the advanced features of the aircraft.

What does it cost to become a PPL in a new Cirrus plane?

Pricing begins at $18k

Are there any prerequisites?

The only prerequisites to begin training are you must be at least 17 years old, a US Citizen or TSA Approved, proficient in English language. You will have other requirements before you are able to be fully licensed, but you can begin training before these are complete.

Additional requirements

  • Hold a student  pilot certificate.
  • Third Class/FAA Approved Medical Certificate.

How do I get started?

Call us!
Our number is 941-351-5340

Instrument Rating (IFR)

This class is beneficial for any pilot who wants to become more skilled and proficient. Added bonus: you’ll have a lot more freedom to fly, so you’ll have confidence and proficiency to fly in coastal fog or other unpredictable weather.

Pilots receive training that go beyond the ACS requirements. Cirrus’ IFR experts will guide you through a thorough curriculum based on comprehensive instruction, including:

  • the decision-making process
  • task management
  • risk management
  • single pilot crew resource management
  • Garmin Perspective Avionics
  • Mastering the Perspective’s AutoPilot System 

How long does it take?

Estimated Course Completion: FAA requires a minimum of 35-40 hours

How do I get started?

Call us!
Our number is 941-351-5340

Commercial Pilot’s Licence (CPL)

This course is for pilots who have earned their PPL. The CPL license allows you  to receive compensation for your services as a pilot, and gives you the foundation you need to turn your passion for aviation into a career.

How long does it take?

Estimated Course Completion: FAA requires a minimum of 250 total hours

How do I get started?

Call us!
Our number is 941-351-5340

Commercial Pilot’s Licence (CPL)

This course is for pilots who have earned their PPL. The CPL license allows you  to receive compensation for your services as a pilot, and gives you the foundation you need to turn your passion for aviation into a career.

How long does it take?

Estimated Course Completion: FAA requires a minimum of 250 total hours

How do I get started?

Call us!
Our number is 941-351-5340

Transition Training: Visual Flight Rules (VFR)

This training is for PPLs transitioning to a new-to-you Cirrus aircraft and provides a way for you to meet flight training requirements for insurance.

Cirrus’ Embark program typically covers the cost of this class.

Through Cirrus’ online learning portal and ground-and-flight training, you will learn the operational fundamentals of your Cirrus Aircraft and proficiency in managing it.

  • Stage One: Review Normal Operations and Maneuvers
  • Stage Two: Maneuvers, Special Procedures, and Abnormal Operations
  • Stage Three: Used when necessary to solidify skill to complete course

How long does it take?

Estimated Course Completion: Typically 3 Days

How do I get started?

Call us!
Our number is 941-351-5340

Advanced Transition Training (IFR)

This class is for PPLs who have earned their IR and are ready to transition into a new-to-them Cirrus aircraft and provides a way for you to meet flight training requirements for insurance.

The Embark program is typically done in your own aircraft and Cirrus covers the cost of this training.

This classes expands on the skills included in Transition Training so pilots master the Garmin Perspective Avionics Suite and gain proficiency in terrain awareness, missed approaches, precision and non-precision approaches, and approaching with and without autopilot.

  • Stage One: Review Normal Operations and Maneuvers
  • Stage Two: Maneuvers, Special Procedures, Instrument Procedures, and Abnormal Operations
  • Stage Three: Used when necessary to solidify skill to complete course

How long does it take?

Estimated Course Completion: Typically 5 Days

How do I get started?

Call us!
Our number is 941-351-5340

Currency Training

Currency Training is continued hours required for pilots to stay current and up-to-date  in their training. These classes are often required by your insurance, and are available after you have received a certificate for your VFR or IFR.

Available Training:

90-day Refresher Course

6 Month (Schedule A) 

6 Month (Schedule B)

Proficiency training IPC-PFR
Flight review requirements (PFR)
- Instrument proficiency requirements (IPC)

CFi and CFII 

Coming Soon: 30 Day Accelerated Class

How long does it take?

Estimated Course Completion: Typically 5 Days

How do I get started?

Call us!
Our number is 941-351-5340

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