Cirrus Aircraft has made a bold pitch for the flight training market with the launch of a dedicated aircraft, the TRAC.
Key features of the TRAC, based on the SR20, include:
- Cabin seats upholstered with easy-to-clean, wear-resistant materials
- Cabin flor has a durable all-weather floor liner
- Rear seat push-to-talk functionality
- Landing gear simulator
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 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.
“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.”