Inside the Cirrus SR22 Turbo Plane: A Look from the Air
Posted at: 10/01/2012 10:27 PM
| Updated at: 10/01/2012 10:47 PM
By: Alan Hoglund
"If you're well and properly trained, you can fly the plane through the use of the instruments," Pete Carroll told Eyewitness News as we prepared for a flight Monday afternoon.
Carroll's classroom is pretty mobile. He is the newest flight instructor in a group of about six at Cirrus Aircraft in Duluth. He started this year, but has more than a decade of flying experience.
We got an exclusive look at the SR22 Turbo, as crowds gathered for the "Inside Cirrus Event" in a nearby hanger. The company opened its doors to customers, community leaders and partners for a look at headquarters and company progress.
In the plane, Carroll told us he trains customers for between three and five days after they buy a Cirrus plane. After that, they can fly on their own. He said they have to have their pilot's license too.
"The connection with the clients is something you don't get in the airline business," Carroll said, during our flight around the Twin Ports. "In the airline business, you shut the door, fly the plane and open the door when you get back. But in this business, I get to spend days with clients I get to develop relationships with people."