Cirrus Aircraft has made a bold pitch for the flight training market with the launch of a dedicated aircraft, the TRAC series.
Reliability, durability and economy for high-tempo flight operations underpin the TEAC series. Features found only in the TRAC include rear seat push-to-talk functionality and a landing gear simulator aimed at increasing training productivity.
“Our commitment to flight training goes far beyond innovation in aircraft design to include a unique approach to attracting and training future generations of aviators,” said Zean Nielsen, CEO at Cirrus Aircraft. “The TRAC Series delivers a 21st century solution for world-class, forward-thinking flight training institutions.”
The integrated Perspective+ flight deck includes two large flight displays, a Flight Management System (FMS) keypad controller, an Electronic Stability and Protection system, as well as integrated engine indication and crew alerting/warning systems – all features found on modern airliners.
The cabin of the TRAC has been re-equipped for high-utilisation training environment, replacing the luxurious materials normally found in the SR Series with a durable all-weather floor liner and easy to clean wear-resistant seats.
The TRAC SR20 is powered by a 215hp Lycoming IO-390 with a 2,400 hours before overhaul (TBO).
Cirrus has also produced interactive, tailored flight training content including online courses, engaging videos and iFOM (interactive Flight Operations Manual) for learning anywhere in the world.
Existing training organisation operating Cirrus aircraft were consulted over the TRAC, said David Moser, head of Cirrus fleet ops. They include
Emirates Airline, Lufthansa Aviation Training, the United States Air Force Academy, Airbus Flight Academy, Western Michigan University, Oklahoma State University, Japan Civil Aviation College, the Royal Saudi Air Force and more.