The transition training course is designed for new pilots transitioning to the aircraft or pilots who have upgraded to different airframe and avionics suite.  Many insurance companies require completion of this training course.


With the first time Cirrus pilot in mind, the Transition Training course is designed for an individual to go from no Cirrus experience to basic VFR proficiency in approximately three days. Upon completion of our most popular training course you will be able to:

  • Understand and operate relevant aircraft systems
  • Operate the aircraft according to the Private Pilot Practical Test Standards (PTS),
  • Confidently program, configure, and interpret Primary Flight Display (PFD) and Multi-Function Display (MFD) information for normal visual conditions,
  • Maintain positive aircraft control in visual conditions and limited instrument conditions,
  • Easily utilize the autopilot to reduce workload,
  • Appropriately manage the engine throughout all phases of flight,
  • Apply aircraft systems knowledge to quickly determine system abnormalities and apply correct checklist procedures,
  • Adhere to aircraft flight procedures and limitations while flying within your personal capabilities,
  • Utilize your aircraft to the maximum extent possible while affording you and your passengers the highest level of safety.

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Typical course duration is three days.


Time to complete the course is dependent on multiple factors that include

If your flying experience includes: Plan for:
1000+ hours total time (with at least 100 hours in last 12 months)50+ high performance Experience with advanced avionics and GPS Instrument rated, instrument current and proficient. 3 Days
1000-500 hours total time 25-50 high performance Instrument rated current and proficient.


1000-500 hours total time 25-50 high performance Experience with advanced avionics and GPS. 3.5 Days
Less than 500 hours total time Less than 25 hours high performance No instrument rating or No experience with advanced avionics and GPS. 4 Days

The Columbia Transition Course consists of:

Ground School Training  – The instructor will go through all the slides (approximately 70) that are used for the initial training program for the Columbia 350/400.

Avionics Procedures Training – The purpose of this training is to provide the client with a hands-on use of the electrical system, the PFD, MFD, and all other avionics equipment. 

Preflight Operations 

Flight Operations – The Columbia 350/400 Initial Airplane Checkout Syllabus is the primary document for the transition training. There are 5 “Units” of flight training.

  • UNIT NO. 1 (Basic Airplane Operations)
  • UNIT NO. 2 (Basic Air Work) – Basic air work items will be incorporated as a means to develop reliance on the PFD. Steep turns and stalls with reference to the PFD attitude indicators will help the client to become familiar with the new presentation, and will also present some of the extremes in indication.
  • UNIT NO 3 (Takeoffs and Landings)
  • UNIT NOS. 4 and 5 (Avionics) – This unit, of course, will be the primary focus of the training. The instructor can use any number of training techniques including approaches to assist the client in becoming familiar and competent in the use of the avionics.