Since I began the evaluation, the program has evolved. AirShares is now offering lease options, which allow pilots to get into a Cirrus with less money down, and it's introduced a program to put pilots in the left seat of an existing SR20. The program is designed, says AirShares, to help pilots build time toward SR22 ownership. Because of insurance and proficiency requirements, to fly an SR22 in the AirShares program, pilots need 350 hours of total time and to be working on an instrument rating. SR20 ownership, in contrast, requires just 100 hours total time and a private pilot certificate with no instrument rating needed. AirShares plans to start the program at Danbury (Connecticut) Airport with an existing SR20. Cost of the lease, which provides 75 hours of flying time a year, is $5,000 up front, $80 an hour and $780 per month. The lease customer can renew the agreement annually, and the $5,000, a one-time fee, is partially refundable depending on how long the customer stays in the lease.