7300 Brataas Drive SW, Rochester, MN 55902

Cirrus Authorized

Flight Training Center

Great Planes Aviation is proud to be a Cirrus Authorized Training Center offering a premier pilot training experience for the SR series aircraft. Located in Rochester, Minnesota our training center is nestled in the rolling hills of southeastern Minnesota for the ultimate backdrop for flight training in the air and on the ground.

Experience a Discovery Flight

This 1-2 hour introductory flight allows you to experience the joy of flying an aircraft for the first time. Casual and pressure-free, it’s a great place to start when considering a private pilot’s license. Schedule a flight at one of our certified training centers near you.

Earn Your Private Pilot’s License

The start of your piloting career begins by earning this license. Prepare to spend 4-6 months with a flight instructor as you learn the basics for confident flying. Begin your journey at one of our certified training centers.

Gain Your Instrument Rating

Adding this rating to your pilot’s license is a worthwhile investment. It rounds out your piloting skillset and unlocks some privileges that allow you to fully utilize your aircraft’s capabilities. Talk to one of our certified training centers about the best way to complete this training.

Transition to a Cirrus

Completed over the course of 3-5 days, these courses are designed for licensed pilots to transition into flying a Cirrus for the first time. You’ll focus on aircraft control, engine management, avionics procedures and abnormal situations in VFR conditions.

Advanced Transition to a Cirrus

Designed for instrument-rated pilots new to Cirrus, this expanded 5+ day transition course maximizes the aircraft’s utility and provides an emphasis on the IFR environment.

Recurrent Training

The best pilots never stop learning. Whether you’re looking to refresh your airmanship to better hone take-off and landing skills or looking to expand your IFR capabilities, these 1-2 day recurrent training courses will take your flying to the next level.

Avionics Difference

Designed for Cirrus pilots transitioning into new avionics, this 1-2 day course builds upon Cirrus-specific knowledge and focuses on mastering PFD and MFD interpretation, flight management systems, autopilot usage, navigation and more.

Airframe & Powerplant Differences

Perfect for the experienced Cirrus pilot, this 1-2 day course covers the unique differences in a Cirrus airframe or powerplant.

Cirrus Authorized

Flight Instructors

Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilots (CSIPs) and Training Center Instructors (TCI) are flight training professionals who are experts at Cirrus flight training. Each CSIP and TCI is personally trained and evaluated by Cirrus' own training specialists to ensure a factory-level experience to each and every customer.

Scott Koon

Chief Flight Instructor


Jim Perry

Flight Instructor


Terry Pretzloff

Flight Instructor



Cirrus Aircraft

SR20 G6

Train in comfort with our Cirrus experts in a Cirrus SR20!

215 hp


155 ktas

max cruise speed

17,500 ft

max altitude

709 nm

max range

1,028 lbs

useful load

Cirrus SR20 G6

Flight Deck

Equipped with Cirrus Perspective+™ by Garmin ®


Adaptive Training

Online Learning

Cirrus Approach – a cutting edge robust catalouge of engaging multimedia learning courses designed for pilots of every skill level. It’s an engaging tool our students will have access to as part of the Cirrus training program.

Interactive Tools

Developed with the digital generation in mind, Cirrus’ iFOM provides instant access to aircraft specific procedures, standards and techniques. It’s essential for every stage of learning and an added resource for Cirrus students.


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Our instructors are flight training professionals who are experts in Cirrus Aircraft. Personally trained and evaluated by Cirrus training specialists, each  Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot (CSIP)  and Training Center Instructor (TCI) will provide a factory-level experience designed to get you flying in a Cirrus quickly, efficiently and safely.

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