Flight Training Program Takes Off in Cirrus SR20

Duluth, Minn. (August 31, 2006) - Cirrus Design Corporation announced today that the CAPT (Commercial Airline Pilot Training) program, run by FTSI (Flight Training Services International), will begin training pilots on technologically advanced CIRRUS airplanes.

CIRRUS Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing John M. Bingham said that FTSI has taken delivery of the first of 30 SR20 airplanes to immediately begin flight training. FTSI also has options for an additional 20 CIRRUS aircraft. "CIRRUS is determined to expand the world of aviation, not only by continuing to create innovative aircraft but by making them easier to fly," Bingham said, "This resolve, partnered with top-level training facilities will produce more qualified pilots in a market where there is a growing demand. Our partnership with FTSI is a win-win, not only for our companies but for the industry, as well."

The CAPT program, located at Flagler County Airport in Palm Coast, Florida, is committed to training pilots by incorporating the CAPT curriculum with the latest technology and the highest standard of safety. FTSI President and CEO Shawn Raker said, "In our opinion, the CIRRUS SR20 is the best trainer on the market today. We chose CIRRUS aircraft because it met the stringent requirements for the CAPT program, not only for the innovative technology but for the built-in safety features, such as the four-point harness restraint, airbags, side-yoke flight controls, advanced avionics and the airframe parachute."

FTSI and CIRRUS share a dedication to training the next generation of pilot professionals for a wide range of aviation careers.


CIRRUS is a recognized global leader in the manufacturing of personal aviation aircraft that provide unprecedented levels of performance, quality and safety. The popular SR20 and SR22 composite airplanes incorporate innovative advanced technologies into the design, including the unique CIRRUS Airframe Parachute System (CAPS™). CIRRUS has a direct sales force in North America with sales centers across South America, Europe, China, Australasia, South Africa, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Russia. For additional information on CIRRUS and its products please visit: www.CIRRUSdesign.com.