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Cirrus Transition

A true cross-country airplane, this is a perfect platform to get where you want to go. The Cirrus transition is done in a high-performance Cirrus SR-22.  The SR-22’s are very high performance aircraft and a lot of fun to fly

Course Overview:

The minimum requirement for the Cirrus Transition is 250 hours total time and an IFR rating.  Our transition syllabus consists of 5 total flights (4 if you are VFR-Only) that include aircraft handling, takeoffs and landings as well as Cross-Country planning, abnormal procedures and finally an aircraft checkout.  Both SR-22’s are Avidyne-based systems.  A brief overview of this system can be found here.

All HFA courses, you will receive detailed course tracking information for all flights and maneuvers, giving you immediate feedback of your flight(s).  HFA uses cutting-edge technology giving our students an excellent tool for improving their flying skills every step of the way.  As with all of our courses, we use a structured, syllabus-driven approach to complete your checkout in the Cirrus so we aren’t wasting your time or money.  


  • Flight 1:  This flight is the first flight in the Cirrus SR-22 and will cover aircraft handling and control as well as a significant portion of ground training.  After the ground training,  we will depart Montgomery Field en-route to Anza Borrego (L08).  We will practice many of the Private Pilot maneuvers, including performance maneuvers, approach and departure stalls and general aircraft handling followed by a couple landings at L08.
  • Flight 2:  This flight will consist of a VFR Scenario to a local airport for short-field takeoff and landing practice.  An introduction to systems failures, emergencies and flying the Avidyne will be covered as well.  This flight will involve several abnormal and emergency procedures.
  • Flight 3:  This flight will be an IFR Scenario, departing Montgomery Field with approaches at Oceanside, Palomar and Montgomery airports.  We will review the autopilot and fly a coupled approach into Montgomery.  We will focus on speed management, systems organization nd backup/emergency procedures in IFR conditions.  For VFR-Only pilots, this lesson will cover autopilot use, basic IFR (for emergency only) and additional systems failures.
  • Flight 4:  This flight will be a Cross-Country, Engine Management and Abnormal Procedure flight.  You will have the choice of 4 cross-country scenarios.  We will depart Montgomery en-route to your selected destination utilizing the autopilot, all components of the MFD and PFD, descent planning (VNAV) as well as an instrument approach to your select airport (provided you are instrument rated).  We will complete the flight with an VFR return to Montgomery.
  • Flight 5:  This is the final flight of the transition and will require approx. 1.5 hours to complete.  This final flight will be a check-ride flight based on a simple IFR/VFR scenario.  The flight will result in an FAA Flight Review, Plus One Flyers checkout and Cirrus Transition sign-off.


  • 250 hours total time 

Cost & Aircraft Rental:

  • Aircraft Costs (Approx): $2,600-$3,000
    • Aircraft are rented through Plus One Flyers which requires membership to join.  Membership is $144 + $37/mo should you decide to remain a member.  You can cancel membership anytime.

* Customized destinations and checkouts are available

Payment Terms and Conditions:

  • Lessons are typically in 3 hour blocks and all clients are billed weekly at $120/hour.  Payment is due upon receipt of invoice and prior to following week’s flights.  HFA accepts all major credit cards, cash, check. A 3% fee is added to all non-cash transactions.