A plan for currency
Last weekend I taught at the Cirrus Pilot Proficiency Program in Kansas City. During one of my ground sessions we talked a bit about currency and how to maintain it and I pointed out that there’s an excellent syllabus put out by Cirrus for this purpose. As it hasn’t received a lot of attention and there was a definite interest in seeing it, I present it here for download. Just wait a second and read on before you crack it open.
The syllabus suite is fairly straight forward and contains all the training types including initial Transition (which is VFR only) and Advanced Transition (which incorporates IFR proficiency and, of course, takes a bit longer). There’s more to it than that though!
It’s recommend that once you’ve completed your transition a day should be spent about 3 months later to review and fill in the gaps. The transition course is a bit like drinking from a fire hose, so it would make sense that not everything got into the transition pilot’s memory. The 90 day refresher is an excellent opportunity to check for those things.
Having completed that, it’s recommended that you do some training every 6 months. The syllabus suite goes on to offer an outline for that training: one half-day (roughly 4 hours) session every six month, alternating between VFR and IFR procedures but to include normal and abnormal operations in each. If you’re looking to stay sharp, this is a PERFECT way to do that. Once a year is ok, but greater frequency will keep you sharper.
So here for your review is the syllabus suite. If you’re getting a transition training, I strongly recommend that you insist on using this syllabus to get comprehensive training. Some insurance companies even require it. If your instructor isn’t a CSIP, I would strongly recommend seeking one out who is familiar with this syllabus and who adheres to the Flight Operations Manual (here’s the Perspective version and here’s the Avidyne version).
Incidentally, there is an instructor version of this syllabus suite that your CFI should be referencing as they teach you. Keep an eye out for people who represent themselves as Cirrus instructors but who don’t use the latest information, including the syllabus and FOM. I hear there’s a number of them out there and they won’t do you any favors with a home-brew transition. The courses put out by Cirrus are among the best I’ve seen and I’m not saying that lightly. They really did a good job on this.
Chief Pilot, The Flight Academy