Learn to Fly!

Why spend all day at the airport waiting in line when you could be piloting your own plane? Learning to fly has never been easier or safer! Now you can own or lease a Cirrus–one of the world’s safest, most comfortable, and technologically advanced aircraft. Come join us and see why Cirrus is the best-selling and safest private aircraft in the world.

At Clear Star Aviation, we’ve chosen the Cirrus SR-20 as our aircraft of choice because of its safety and technology. With a built in airframe parachute, air conditioning and the latest Garmin technology, you can be confident you will be learning in the best aircraft in the world. Whether you’re an aspiring pilot, a licensed pilot looking to take your skills to the next level, want to get your instrument rating or simply need a refresher course, we are here to serve you and your training needs.

Our Cirrus Training Center will teach you everything you need to know to be a competent and confident pilot. Our methodology combines one-on-one instruction by our Cirrus trained pilots, new 2016 technologically advanced Cirrus aircraft and an FTS VisionMotion simulator to provide the most comprehensive and successful pilot training available.

Discovery Flight

If you’ve always wanted to get your pilot’s license, we welcome you to discover the incredible experience of flying. Come to Clear Star Aviation and see what the thrill is all about! We offer Discovery Flights in our new 2016 Cirrus SR20 at an affordable price.

When you show up for your Discovery Flight, you will be greeted by one of our highly qualified Cirrus instructors. The instructor will spend a brief moment describing the flight and explain the safety features of our aircraft.

Next, you will get in the left seat of the aircraft just as if you were a rated pilot about to take flight. Your instructor will be seated in the right seat explaining and coaching you through every step and teaching you what a normal flight would entail. Once the aircraft is started and safety checks complete, your instructor will demonstrate how to taxi the aircraft and then turn the controls over to you. After completing a few safety checks and being cleared for takeoff by the tower, your instructor will walk you through the takeoff sequence giving you the confidence needed for what’s about to be your first takeoff!

Now that you’re airborne, you will get to experience the fascination and freedom that comes with flying. You will see the world from a new vantage point several thousand feet up. Bring your wife along so she can understand the safety features of learning to fly in a Cirrus.

The Cirrus Approach

The profound passion for everyone at Cirrus is to create safer airplanes, safer pilots and safer skies. Not just for Cirrus pilots, but all pilots. Flying safely will always be our most fundamental mission. Cirrus Approach is our revolutionary take on the flight training industry. Just as Cirrus Aircraft has revolutionized General Aviation aircraft over the past 15 years, Cirrus is once again going to change an industry. Pilots know that regular recurrent training has an enormous positive impact on the proficiency and safety of pilots, but we also know that it is difficult to make time for this training and the training itself is often repetitive and basic. Cirrus is changing the way pilots think about training and what it means to be a proficient pilot. Instead of currency being a specific major event or two over the course of a year, pilots enrolled in Cirrus Approach will be able to choose from a menu of courses and classes that will be fresh and engaging which will most importantly, keep pilots current and proficient.

Engaging Training Material

Remember those dry aviation instructional materials that you used a few (or many!) years ago? We do too, and we have set out to drastically improve the content and the delivery system to make them interesting and easy to access. Cirrus has created an entirely new suite of flight training materials – with over 50 new interactive courses and modules – that are tablet friendly and tailored directly to your stage in your aviation journey.

Debuting the latest innovation in flight training – the Interactive Flight Operations Manual (iFOM). Download your copy at the iBooks Store.

Interactive Courses

Cirrus has created an entirely new suite of flight training materials – with over 50 new interactive courses and modules – that are tablet friendly and tailored directly to your stage in your aviation journey. And we are not stopping there. We have plans to create many more courses and modules that will continue to push the limits of flight training.

What can learning do for me?

Why should you fly? As a pilot utilizing personal aviation, you can streamline your work days and redefine your weekends. Regional travel means long, unproductive car trips, withering commercial air travel or the cramped and dated option of most personal aircraft alternatives. But with a Cirrus, it is speed, freedom, convenience, and control in luxury car comfort.

Using your Cirrus, you will be able to go places you never thought you could go during a weekend, or conduct business trips to multiple locations in a single day. So forget the two-day travel time for that meeting. Conduct business 500 miles away, and be home in time for dinner. Toss the clubs or skis and your family in your personal aircraft, and make the most of your time off.

  • Depart from local, more convenient airports
  • Commercial airlines only serve select airports. With your own Cirrus, you can fly to more than 5,000 public airports in the United States, and many more if you fly in Canada, Mexico, Europe, South America and other regions.Spend less time at the airport
  • Forget the two to three hours lost at commercial airports, not to mention the inconvenience of parking, taking a bus to the terminal, standing in line to check in, standing in line again to pass security and then waiting at the gate until the airplane is ready to board.
  • Travel on your schedule, not the airline’s
  • With a private airplane, you can pull your car right next to your Cirrus, throw in your bags, conduct a 10- to 15- minute preflight inspection, start the engine and taxi for departure.
  • Fly directly to your destination, bring your family and friends and never miss a flight!

Beginning your flight training with Cirrus

Flying today isn’t what it used to be 50 or even 10 years ago. Today’s airspace is filled with more airplanes that are capable of traveling farther, faster, and higher than yesterday’s typical aircraft. Today’s pilot has also changed with the generations. He or she is probably very busy with a career, is often glued to a mobile device, and wishes there was more free time to spend with family or to enjoy other activities. He or she needs to use the airplane not only for fun, but also as a business and transportation tool.

As the world has changed, many aircraft and flight schools are still living in the days gone by. A typical flight school is offering the same type of flight training – geared toward local flying in good weather and “The $100 hamburger” – and in many cases the exact same airplane that was offered decades ago.

Cirrus aircraft are the pinnacle of what General Aviation flying means today. Features such as advanced composite technology, state of the art avionics, unparalleled safety features, ease of operation, and speed have made the Cirrus SR22 the best selling airplane in its class for the past 12 years.

Clearly, the old style of flight training is inadequate to prepare pilots for the challenges of safely and efficiently traveling thousands of miles in a single day, across multiple weather systems and through many types of airspace and terrain.

Today’s pilot needs to be thinking about these challenges from day 1 and incorporating the required skill and resource management into every flight lesson. This method of training (called Scenario-Based Training) has been proven extremely effective in many other fields including the medical, military, and law enforcement industries.

Beginning your flight education in a Cirrus aircraft with Clear Star Aviation will ensure that you are being prepared for flight in the 21st century.

Training Paths

There are many ways to begin your flying journey with Cirrus. Any may be the right one for you depending on your personal situation.

Start training in your own Cirrus

If your goal is to someday own your own airplane, this may be the best option for you. Learning to fly in your own airplane will make the experience easier, safer, and potentially more economical than renting aircraft. You won’t have to worry about scheduling conflicts, rental fees and procedures, and the variability of aircraft you may fly. You may also lease your aircraft back to offset some or even all of your operational costs – essentially “flying for free.”

Train with Clear Star Aviation

Clear Star’s Cirrus Training Centers (CTC) and Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilots (CSIPs) are experts in Cirrus flight training. Clear Star has new Cirrus aircraft available for rental and flight instruction along with professional flight instructors to put you on the right path of your Cirrus pilot education.

Integrated Flight Training

For those who wish to realize the great utility and benefit of personal aviation from day 1, Cirrus and our partners offer flight training programs that integrate learning to fly with your personal and business trips. If you are a non-pilot and wish to begin your training as you fly for business or pleasure, this program may be the perfect fit. Using our state of the art Access to Flight training curriculum, your training will flow seamlessly through your Private Pilot License and Instrument Rating all while you are using your Cirrus for business or pleasure from the start.