What’s wrong with Cirrus pilots?

Despite all the safety features it has, from a glass cockpit to a whole airframe parachute, the Cirrus SR-22 has a higher fatal accident rate than most similar airplanes from other manufacturers. “Why, with every safety advantage, has this come to be true?” asks Richard Collins in his blog at Air Facts.  “It can only be because of one thing: The Cirrus pilot.” See if you agree


  1. jay says

    i think it is the way it reaches the stall,
    it looks we are perfectly ok not in a stalling angle compared to other aircrafts previously flown for training etc, another thing is faster stalling speed, and another thing is springloaded control surfaces which dont give much feed back (but gives a smooth ride) 

    • Guest says

      I agree 100%. Controls feel the same on the ground at 0 knots and in the air at 100 knots. In critical situations the lack of control feedback may be the last thing in the chain that kills you.

  2. Rod Beck says

    Having the $financial$ abilty to OWN a high-performance technically advanced aircraft, doesn’t mean one has the “skill” to fly/operate it. Perhaps more rigid insurance qualifications/requirements.i.e, more minimum “dual” in type and higher total instrument time may help.

  3. gbin says

    I think Mr. Collins has an overall reasonable perspective of the situation, but one thing in his blog doesn’t ring true:  You can’t argue both that inadequate training/experience account for more accidents in the Cirrus SR-22’s and that additional training/experience wouldn’t help.

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