"Those scheduled for the initial [Cirrus Pilot Proficiency Program] flight training expressed anxiety as they were over-awed by the resumes of their allocated COPA instructors. However, upon return they all had grins borne out of accomplishment and amazement as to how good the instructors were at stretching their flight envelope without putting them down."
— D.A. Australia
"Thanks for all the Good Info (on airports and FBOs) I now have ten times more info than i had previously, and can make an Informed decision, This is just one of many reasons why i find $65 a year for COPA dues to be worthwhile."
— P.B. CO
"When I read this form and find videos, simulators, etc, I feel like I bumped into a virtual Cirrus piñata, and all that brain candy is raining down on my head. At other times I sense I’ve stumbled into a room with the cast of characters straight out of 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest'".
— A.S. CT
"I make a living teaching others about these great aircraft, and I use COPA and Cirrus Pilot magazine to keep me up to date with current maintenance and safety issues. I spend time with each student during initial and recurrent training, discussing accident statistics. The compilation of data contained in this website and in the Safety Issue makes for easy analysis and if incorporated in proper training should have an impact on fleet training."
— G.W. CA
"If you want to have a great experience, make new friends, enjoy yourself, and significantly improve your piloting skills and flying safely, DO NOT MISS CPPP!"
—(Cirrus Pilot Proficiency Program)
"I think pilots feel [a CPPP weekend] is going to be very stressful and a test situation ... It is just the opposite -- the learning is tremendous and I always had the feeling that everyone was there to help me be a better pilot. Additionally the people you meet, the staff and participants become friends."
"The instructors (ground and flight) [at a CPPP weekend] are among the best available worldwide, not only in terms of subject matter expertise, but also the all important interpersonal relationship skills and ability to precisely address individual goals. And to top it off, the opportunities for casual "hangar talk" with like minded enthusiasts is terrific."
"Yes, I have over 28000 hours, an FAA inspector, an instructor and it is only prudent to get your head in the game each year at a CPPP."
"If I take away 1 or 2 new items [from a CPPP] and get refreshed on several old items, I'll feel that it worth the time and expense."
"A CPPP is very good use of time, the course provides access to a wealth of information"
"I was a fairly experienced pilot with more than 1500 hrs. experience and 500+ hrs in a T210. The COPA website was one of the major reasons why I purchased a Cirrus. The unbelievably eloquent and intelligent posters kept amazing me with their content and opened my eyes to the incredible value and safety Cirrus offered. In the last 5 years on COPA I have learned more about aviation safety, IFR procedures and aviation weather in general than in the previous 15 years!"
— R.V. CA
"I joined COPA right after I started my PPL training, and I can't even begin to gauge how much knowledge I have obtained through the forums. There is the old saying that someone may have 10 years experience, but it might only be 1 year of experience 10 times over. My goal is learn something new about aviation every day. That's pretty easy to do on these forums."
— B.C., CA SR22
"I joined COPA just before buying an SR22 in 2003. I had been flying "seriously" about 4 years and had around 550 hours. Participation in COPA taught me a ton about operating my new airplane safely. It was a two way street. I learned and I shared. The community has been awesome. Not just from a safety perspective, but from a life perspective. There are many new friends I've gained over these past 5 years. Awesome."
— T.A. Minnesota
"I'm very appreciative of the COPA community as an amazing wealth of knowledge."
— K.B., CA
"I have been accident and incident free and am compulsive about safety issues. I think my age (55) has made me more cautious. I learn more slowly, and, as a result, I invest the time to master the details. COPA has taught me a great deal. It is a fantastic resource, particular to a newbie."
— T.F., PA, SR20
"With 240 hours and 165 in a Cirrus I am still a new pilot and am always learning. The COPA website and members have been a terrific resource. Thanks!"
— A.B., CT SR20
"I started flying lessons in January 2007 at the age of 51. In addition to having a great instructor, I have benefited enormously from … Cirrus pilots at my home field, and folks on the COPA forum (I have posted several times in the past, and always received good advice.) I read COPA's postings every day. I would like to think that I am profoundly aware of my limitations, and a safe, newbie pilot."
— P.W., MD SR22
"I joined COPA 6 months before I got my PPL, and should say a big thank-you to everyone at COPA. It has been my single most significant source of learning about the aircraft and the ways we should fly them. When I do a demo ride for someone joining our group, I often say: "The Cirrus is one of the safest aircraft you can fly, but it will still kill you just like any aircraft if you do not respect the boundries".
— I.V., UK
"I consider daily forays into COPA forums some comfort in fact the collective wisdom of the group makes me feel never entirely alone in the left seat."
— B.A., CA
"…for this low-time pilot and first time aircraft owner, this whole COPA forum has been a real asset for me. You all have scared the pants off me many times over, but I am learning so much about my airplane that I don't think I *ever* would have known or learned in years of ownership. My membership has really enhanced my ownership experience."
— R.T., PA, SR20
"COPA is a great group to join. I have learned a lot about airplanes, engines, navigation, weather, and a bunch of other aviation related information. I keep learning new things as a COPA member. Whenever there is a problem or a question, I post it on the COPA site and get stimulating perspectives and opinions."
— S.T., MI
"Joining [COPA] will give you insight into true ownership at much greater depth than just asking for comments. I joined COPA, Lancair and Diamond to get a better feel for all these new planes. This forum and the members are – by far – light years ahead of all of them!"
— T.J., NJ SR22
"We thought we would buy a demo SR22G2. Before committing ourselves to such an important decision, we figured out that we needed as much info as possible from the people actually using the plane. I went through the public part of COPA's site and already found it a very helping and friendly source of Cirrus knowledge. I had no hesitation to spend the money to become a full member. Since then I appreciate almost every single day the privilege and benefits of belonging to the group. My initial investment has been more than paid back and above all [COPA] teaches me something about critical decision management, human behaviour, flight safety which is priceless as is the comradeship of so many members on this board. Long live COPA and its members."
— P.D. Switzerland SR22
"COPA is the best thing that ever happened to my aviation skills. I am a better, safer, and more knowledgeable pilot than guys with 4x my total time thanks to COPA."
— O.A., Canada
"...one of the SIGNIFICANT reasons that resulted in ANN's purchase of the TN22-G3 we just bought (and will be slaving away to pay off) was the extraordinary value we find in COPA. NO BS... straight truth. This organization adds great value to the Cirrus/GA experience. Period."
— Jim Campbell, Aero News Network
"I became a member 6 months before actually buying a Cirrus, and learned more in that 6 month period, and in the year and a half since, this site is a plethora of Cirrus specific information...I'll bet even the most experienced will get their money's worth in the first few days if they get to searching. I learn something almost every day I."
— P. B.
"COPA offers a place where I can share my experiences and I can absorb experiences of other members. COPA is always here to listen and respond. It does not take long for the response to come back with loud and clear answers, recommendations, personal stories, compassion or empathy. There is definitely magic about COPA and it all comes from COPA members."
— J.G. CA
"I joined COPA at inception and have remained a member over the subsequent 8(?) years even though I have never owned a Cirrus. I feel that membership is a great value in that I gain considerable information here from others' expertise and experience, especially in the areas of safety and engine operation. COPA is an unusually accomplished and talented bunch of folks from whom I regularly learn a great deal. I feel like part of this community and have made some good friends here. "
— K.M. CA
"Being a member of COPA is like having a hangar full of bright, experienced friends who are anxious to help be be a better pilot and owner. Never in a lifetime could I assemble a group with such a broad range of experience and expertise in aviation and Cirrus ownership. I do my best to give back everything helpful that I can, but I my best efforts can only return a fraction of what I receive as a COPA member."
— B.B. MA
The Cirrus Owners & Pilots Association (aka, “COPA”) is a 501(c)7 non-profit corporation dedicated to serving its members. COPA is not in any way affiliated with Cirrus Aircraft, the manufacturer.