Cirrus Aircraft Training Center Lands in Greenville

From left: CTI Corey Politino, CSIP Dimitri Partafyllas, CTI Ryan McCormack, CTI Bob Peck. Cirrus Trained Instructor (CTI) Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot (CSIP)

From left: CTI Corey Politino, CSIP Dimitri Partafyllas, CTI Ryan McCormack, CTI Bob Peck. Cirrus Trained Instructor (CTI) Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot (CSIP)

Stratos Aviation Flight School has earned the Cirrus Aircraft Training Center designation.

“There are so many flight schools in South Carolina, in fact we have 7 at the Greenville Downtown Airport alone”, stated Airport Director, Joe Frasher. “There are only two that have been awarded the prestigious Cirrus Training Center classification, Stratos Aviation at our airport and one down on the coast.”

“Cirrus Aircraft have a parachute that is built into its’ frame making it one of the safest general aviation aircraft to fly”, explained Stratos Aviation’s CEO and founder, Dimitri Partafyllas. “This feature, along with the technologically advanced navigational equipment in the cockpit, made our first Cirrus Aircraft a favorite of our students and instructors. Due to its’ popularity, we are now flying a second state-of-the-art Cirrus Aircraft and we plan to add more.”

“This is a wonderful addition to all the services offered at our airport for local aspiring pilots. Being a Cirrus Training Center, Stratos Aviation will also attract future pilots to come to Greenville for instruction. With our beautiful downtown just 3 miles away, who could ask for a better city to spend time in while learning to fly?” added Frasher.

About Cirrus Aircraft
Cirrus Aircraft is the recognized global leader in personal aviation and the maker of the best-selling SR Series piston aircraft and the Vision® Jet, the world’s first single-engine Personal Jet and recipient of the 2017 Robert J. Collier Trophy. Founded in 1984, Cirrus has redefined performance, comfort, and safety in aviation with innovations like the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System® (CAPS®) – the first FAA-certified whole-airframe parachute safety system included as standard equipment on an aircraft. To date, worldwide flight time on Cirrus aircraft has passed nine million hours and 153 people have returned home safely to their families because of the inclusion of CAPS as a standard feature on all Cirrus aircraft. The company has three locations in the United States, located in Duluth, Minnesota, Grand Forks, North Dakota and Knoxville, Tennessee.

About Stratos Aviation
Since 2013, Stratos Aviation has been teaching people to fly out of the Greenville Downtown Airport in South Carolina. In 2016, The Aircraft Owner’s and Pilot’s Association (AOPA) gave Stratos Aviation an “Outstanding” Flight school award. Only nine flight schools in our country were recognized and Stratos Aviation was the only one in South Carolina. Stratos Aviation was awarded the AOPA “Flight Training Experience Award” each year from 2017-2019. Recently a new office was established at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport, which is also in South Carolina. Find out more about Stratos Aviation by visiting or calling (864) 272-6268.

About Greenville Downtown Airport
The Greenville Downtown Airport, whose Airport Identifier is GMU, is the busiest general aviation airport in South Carolina and is a self-sufficient entity with financial strength that doesn't rely on local taxpayers for funding. GMU is home to Greenville Jet Center, the largest Fixed Base Operator (FBO) in S.C., as well as more than 15 other aviation-related businesses creating 547 jobs that annually contribute more than $68.8 million to the Upstate economy. For more information about GMU, please visit or contact Joe Frasher at [email protected] or 864-242-4777.

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