The airline transport pilot was conducting a cross-country personal flight. Radar data indicated that the Cirrus SR22 took off from the departure airport and then climbed to an altitude of 21,000 feet mean sea level before leveling off and maintaining that altitude for about an hour.
The pilot then contacted an air route traffic control center and requested and received several descent clearances over the course of about 45 minutes.
The pilot’s communications over the next 10 minutes were consistent with impairment. During this time, he reported that he was having some difficulties but did not state the nature of the problem. [Read more…]