As a professional pilot, a lot of time is spent above FL300 and/or .7 Mach. Few all-attitude flight training airplanes can reach the altitudes and airspeeds achievable with the A-4 Skyhawk. The ability for pilots to practice Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) concepts in this high performance flight regime allows pilots see how core UPRT skills are transferable to swept wing jet aircraft. Building on the core skills learned in a base training program, the Jet A-4 enhancement takes UPRT skills to the ultimate environment where they are commonly called upon.
Among other upset conditions, the high altitude stall is a critical real-world scenario that all professional pilots should experience. The delta-winged platform and higher wing loading of the A-4 provides swept wing handling characteristics that are representative of swept wing business jet aircraft.
The importance of any training platform, whether an aircraft or a simulator, is providing transferable lessons that are applicable to the aircraft you fly. APS instructor pilots are experts in using a refined flight profile to highlight the important concepts and techniques that are pertinent and relevant to your airplane.
While still a very capable training aircraft, the A-4 Skyhawk is a veteran of carrier operations during the Vietnam War and was a formation platform for the U.S. Navy Blue Angels for over a decade. You can’t beat the opportunity to refine your UPRT skills in this accomplished and historic jet warbird. Read more about the APS A-4 High Altitude Upset Training program.