About APS

The Global Leader in UPRT
  • A Brief History of Aviation Performance Solutions
  • A Message From Our Founder
  • The APS Vision
  • APS Advisory Board
  • Global Reach

APS IS-BAO UPRTThe Aviation Performance Solutions (APS) team has been focused on addressing aviation safety issues associated with Loss of Control In-flight (LOC-I) for two decades. During that time, APS has developed a long standing trust in the global aviation community as an organization that unfailingly supports the safety needs, expectations, and challenges faced by manufacturers, government agencies, airlines, flight departments, regulators, flight schools, and industry safety organizations.

APS is the most experienced training provider of airplane Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) in the world. Our team integrates distance learning, tablet/phone applications, on-aircraft piston and jet platforms, advanced simulators, train-the-trainer programs, and specialized consulting services into safe and long-lasting UPRT solutions. With four locations on three continents and serving thousands of pilots each year with a unique UPRT expertise, APS is the undisputed leader in the provision of various training solutions to manage aviation’s most lethal threat to air safety—Loss of Control In-flight.

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A Brief History of Aviation Performance Solutions

1996

The APS President sees a critical need in the aviation industry and co-founds an advanced flight training organization focused on closing the gaps in general training and teaching pilots skills beyond the traditional limits of flight training. His school releases comprehensive programs in advanced, emergency and unusual attitude maneuvers and stall training.

1998

Published: Airplane Upset Recovery Training Aid (AURTA). Unfortunately – although an excellent document – the AURTA is not widely promoted or adopted at this time.

2000

As this specialized flight training company grows, it expands operations and establishes business headquarters at the Williams Gateway Airport (now the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport) in Mesa, Arizona (KIWA).

2005

Leaders organize and found Aviation Performance Solutions LLC (APS) with a specific focus on dedicating the organization to advancing modern Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) for pilots of all skill and experience levels.

2006

APS completely overhauls its training methods, practices, and techniques based on a decade of first-hand experience working with civil and military organizations in the provision of UPRT. These hallmark advancements made to the training, service, and methodology set APS on a course of unprecedented advancement in its services to improve air safety. APS invests two full years into refining its training improvements, based primarily in on-aircraft UPRT, in preparation for its next level of evolution: becoming an integrated multi-domain/sector training provider.

2008

APS expands its piston airplane based training foundation with web-based instructional methods and the integration of advanced simulation. After three years of exhaustive focus on implementing best practices surrounding integrated academic, on-aircraft, and simulator UPRT solutions for pilots at all levels of aviation, APS begins to focus on global expansion in order to more easily serve pilots around the world.

2009

The APS president joins the Royal Aeronautical Society’s five year ground breaking global harmonization of UPRT through the International Committee for Aviation Training in Extended Envelopes (ICATEE). Serving in training development leadership roles, APS team members help ICATEE and its elite team of industry experts shape UPRT recommendations to ICAO, the FAA and National Aviation Authorities around the world culminating in global UPRT mandates set for implementation in 2019 in 200+ states and countries.

2012

Several key relationships are established with major training organizations, manufacturers, and internationally-based flight schools that open the door to the first steps in achieving a global footprint. In December 2012, APS Europe opens, based at the Breda International airport in The Netherlands in mainland Europe.

2013

APS Texas opens in Arlington with facilities similar to APS headquarters in Arizona and integrates advanced simulation training assets located at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

In the same year, APS becomes the first IS-BAO registered Part 141 Flight School in the USA and the first IS-BAO registered UPRT provider in the world.

2014

APS establishes a licensed location in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to support the implementation of UPRT on a third continent. That same year, APS announces the integration of the A-4 Skyhawk into its menu of UPRT services creating a new era of training opportunity for professional jet pilots.

Published: ICAO Manual on Aeroplane Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (ICAO Doc: 10011). Generally referred to as the ICAO UPRT Manual.

2015

APS becomes the go-to UPRT train-the-trainer provider for airlines around the world, establishing strong training relationships with more than a dozen air carriers in both hemispheres as their training provider and consultant on delivering ICAO UPRT Manual instruction. Published:

  • FAA Advisory Circular 120-111 Upset Prevention and Recovery Training: this document, as is the ICAO UPRT Manual, is in direct alignment with 20 years of APS UPRT investigation, development, and recommended flight training practices.
  • IATA Guidance Material and Best Practices
    for MPL Implementation: this document adopts ICAO UPRT Manual guides for the world’s airlines and sets the standard and best practices for the integrated implementation of UPRT.
2016

APS acquires two high performance, high altitude sweptwing all-attitude jet training platforms, the SIAI-Marchetti S211, uniquely equipped to perform advanced APS UPRT to include: corporate flight deck Garmin glass cockpits, auto-pilot integration, synthetic vision, full IFR UPRT curtain system in the rear cockpit for true instrument jet upset training, and advanced Bluetooth data streaming to overlay key flight information on each customers in-flight video.

APS expands its relationship with Discovery Air through the integration of the Dornier Alpha Jet as APS’ third high altitude, high performance, all-attitude jet UPRT platform in addition to the A4 Skyhawk and Marchetti S211.

2017

APS opens its first military UPRT location in Dothan, Alabama in partnership with CAE USA (the military division of CAE, Inc.). The CAE-APS team in Dothan provides advanced upset training solutions to the US Army, and other militaries, using Grob 120TPs for live on-aircraft training and C12/King Air advanced simulators.

APS announces full-service Airline Type-specific UPRT solutions for Airbus A320 / A330 / A340 and Boeing 737 / 747 / 757 / 767 / 777 / 787 platforms.

A Message From Our Founder

Paul ‘BJ’ Ransbury
Paul ‘BJ’ Ransbury
President & CEO
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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”

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The APS Vision

Purpose

We help pilots bring everyone home safely.

Mission

Our mission is to continue to lead the expansion of highly-effective integrated training solutions worldwide that maximize every pilot’s decision making, ability, and airmanship to stay in control of their airplane at all times.
“Every Pilot Trained – In Control – All The Time”

Values

  • Safety – Safety is our Cornerstone.
  • Service – We listen, we care, we serve.
  • Integrity – We act with integrity.
  • Ego – We check our egos at the door.
  • Teamwork – We work and serve as a team.
  • Accountability – We do what we say we’ll do.
  • Innovation – We embrace and drive change.
  • Optimism – We face challenges with optimism.
  • Respect – We practice open and respectful communication.
  • Dreams – We believe in people and their dreams.
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APS Advisory Board

We are honored and privileged to have a powerful team of advisers to help shape and guide the global expansion of Aviation Performance Solutions. Each adviser is genuinely and passionately dedicated to improving air safety worldwide through the systematic reduction of LOC-I.

Marc Dulude

APS Advisory Board Member and Cessna Mustang Owner/Operator

Marc-Dulude

Marc Dulude retired as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Rand Worldwide in November of 2014 after having served in that role since 2007 and where he also served as Chairman of the company. Rand Worldwide is a public company focused in the areas of CAD/CAM/CAE/PLM/BIM. Among its business units is IMAGINiT Technologies, the largest reseller of Autodesk products in the Americas and one of the three largest in the world.

Marc was a General Partner at Ampersand Capital Partners from 2002 to 2010. During his eight years with the firm, Ampersand was a stage independent private equity firm that invested primarily in the industrial and healthcare markets. Spanning sectors such as information technology, software, life sciences, medical devices and specialty materials and chemicals, Ampersand had a broad spectrum of investments in almost every stage of development.

Prior to Ampersand, Marc was the President and CEO of Moldflow, the world’s leading developer of software solutions that enhanced the design, analysis, and manufacture of injection molded plastic parts, a role he held from 1996 until 2002. In this capacity, Marc directed all of Moldflow’s global operations from the head office he established in Massachusetts in the USA. Marc was the central figure in Moldflow’s Initial Public Offering (IPO) of stock on the NASDAQ market, an offering that was ranked in most every list of top IPO’s of the year 2000.

Before moving to Moldflow, Marc was the Senior Vice President of Marketing for Parametric Technology Corporation (NASDAQ: PMTC), where he had overall responsibility for product line management of PTC’s products as well as the creation and dissemination of the supporting marketing materials and PTC’s marketing activities.

Marc has a B.Eng. and an M.Eng. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Carleton University in Canada. Marc Dulude has served on the boards of numerous companies around the world including private and public companies.

Marc took up flying in 2001 and bought his first plane before he was done with the initial training. He went from that Skylane to a Mooney Ovation 2 then bought a Piper Mirage to move to a pressurized aircraft. He had the conversion done to make the plane a turboprop under the JetProp STC. Marc took four years off of flying and then returned to buy a TBM 700 C2 and then made the move to ownership of his current Citation Mustang. He has a single pilot type rating for the Mustang as well as a commercial pilot certificate for single and multi-engine aircraft. He runs, cycles, and swims and is an avid golfer. His grown children are out of the house and he and his wife, Carol, undertake golf trips since Carol is an accomplished player.

Sylvain Allard

APS Advisory Board Member and Citation CJ3 Owner/Operator

Sylvain-Allard

Sylvain has worked in the helicopter industry for 32 years. In May, 1979, Sylvain graduated from the Aeronautical Program of Chicoutimi College in Quebec, Canada and completed his master’s degree in Business Administration at Concordia University in May, 1994. He was employed with CHC Helicopter Corp. for twenty-eight years before retirement. During his career at CHC, he served as Director, CEO and President of CHC Helicopter Corp. for twelve years. As President and CEO, First Reserve Corporation acquired CHC Helicopter Corporation for $3.7 billion in the largest-ever oilfield services buyout.

Sylvain Allard initially joined the company in 1982 as a helicopter pilot. Over the years, he became a chief pilot and moved through various management positions within the company’s divisions. Sylvain helped the company to facilitate the successful acquisition and consolidation of HSG Group and Schreiner Aviation, leading CHC Helicopter Corp. into being the world’s largest provider of helicopter services to the global offshore oil and gas industry with aircraft operating in more than 30 countries. He was appointed President of the company in 1998 and served as Director from November, 2004 until his retirement in 2010. Sylvain Allard is still serving as a Director on the CHC Board.

Global Reach

APS is setting the new industry standard for UPRT through world-class leadership and the implementation of revolutionary training solutions across the globe. Recognized globally as subject matter experts in the field of UPRT and LOC-I, APS is the world’s most active UPRT provider with over 1,000 pilots trained every year. With a network of eleven dedicated UPRT aircraft and multiple advanced simulators at four locations on three continents, APS is truly a global UPRT provider.

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