Throughout my career as a professional pilot, I’ve had the opportunity to experience many facets of the aviation industry. My formative years as a military fighter pilot led to the airlines where my inspiration to passionately address the improvement of air safety took hold. As an airline pilot, I gained a deep and respectful understanding of the exceptional and highly effective safety practices of commercial air travel – the world’s most modern and advanced mode of transportation. However, the same experience equally revealed the critical need for professional pilots to expand their capabilities beyond the traditional commercial licensing skill set. This ‘skill set expansion’ has demonstrated itself to be a critical first step towards increasing every pilot’s competency to effectively address aviation’s most lethal and pervasive threat—Loss of Control In-flight (LOC-I).
In the beginning, in large part due to my military background, I was skeptical that training to overcome LOC-I for the typical civilian pilot was even necessary. Military flight training and operational NATO fighter operations prepares pilots much differently for the LOC-I environment. The military focus on developing a pilot’s ability to perform effectively – both psychologically and physiologically – in threatening environments, produces a different result. Not better, not worse – just different. It was my first experiences in the late 1990s while training civilian production and test pilots from a well-known airplane manufacturer where those differences were revealed that convinced me, forevermore, of the dire need for Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT). The differences were not personal or individual, they are a function of effective, intense, focused, transferable training. Known back then in its foundational stages as emergency maneuver, stall-spin, unusual attitude or advanced maneuvers training, this UPRT-like instruction was primarily designed for general aviation pilots flying light single-engine and multi-engine piston airplanes. In late 2005, with the establishment of Aviation Performance Solutions (APS), we had the opportunity to evolve these valuable training practices into powerful solutions for high performance, multi-engine jet pilots. Our advanced proprietary APS methods were – and are – an evolutionary leap forward for UPRT. The responses from our customers were overwhelmingly positive and the powerful enhancements to their skills were clear and lasting. We soon integrated technology-based learning tools, advanced simulators, and high performance all-attitude jets into our training programs that further served the diverse needs professional pilots.
The long-term effectiveness of the APS series of UPRT services to maximize air safety is unprecedented, yet we dedicate ourselves to being sensitive to the needs and feedback of each one of our customers. Over the course of two decades, training thousands of professional pilots flying all types of airplanes in a wide diversity of conditions, I’m proud to say APS addresses the needs of pilots in all sectors of aviation in a customized manner that unquestionably and markedly improves safety. I’m empowered each and every day knowing the skill enhancements achieved by our graduates can, and do, save lives and dramatically reduce their personal risk of LOC-I.
I am honored to be surrounded by the APS team of passionate, friendly, professional and dedicated experts. It is a privilege to go out into the aviation community and stand on the shoulders of the true and undisputed giants – the men and women at each APS location around the world on the front lines that deliver first class service to our valued customers each and every day.
“Every Pilot Trained – In Control – All The Time”