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.
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.
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 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.
GET TRAINING FROM THE EXPERTS
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Cirrus SR20 G6
Equipped with Cirrus Perspective+™ by Garmin ®
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.
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.
TAKE TO THE SKIES
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EXPERT FLIGHT INSTRUCTORS
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.