The Industry Perspective
In the airline industry, no concern is greater than safety. While traveling by air is one of the safest ways to travel, just one accident can not only take multiple lives, but it can also permanently damage the reputation of an airline. China Airlines Flight 140, Pinnacle Airlines Flight 3701, Colgan Air Flight 3407, and Air France Flight 447 are but a few dramatic examples of LOC-I accidents which ended in tragedy. Because LOC-I is preventable through effective UPRT training, APS programs, in concert with new regulations regarding pilot UPRT, will benefit the airline industry and passengers.
Comprehensive, Integrated Airline UPRT Produces Results
Currently, most airlines and training centers provide some form of unusual attitude training as a component of traditional recurrent simulator training. However, existing pilot licensing requirements for airline pilots do not require actual all-attitude flight experience. In fact, most airline pilots have not experienced the conditions they would face in an actual airplane upset condition in anything other than a virtual environment. Due to the fidelity limitations of flight simulators, pilots may have even experienced events in simulation which are outside of the valid training envelope, and are therefore not necessarily representative of the aircraft performance and response that would be encountered in an actual aircraft upset. Train-the-trainer Airline Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) integrating extensive ground instruction, targeted on-aircraft training, and simulation allows pilots to ingrain the often counterintuitive, real world skills necessary in an unexpected upset situation.
APS Provides Standardized Instruction by UPRT Experts
All APS instructors are highly qualified with extensive backgrounds in both all-attitude maneuvering and normal flight operations. This combined experience facilitates the deep understanding of the capabilities and limitations of transport category aircraft necessary to effectively teach the transfer of skill from the all-attitude UPRT environment to recovery techniques which are relevant and effective in transport category aircraft. Airline operations mandate high levels of standardization and quality assurance. At APS, the instructor pilot cadre provides highly standardized training programs from diverse scenarios applicable to any aircraft type. The extensive Instructor Pilot (IP) training and qualification system at APS is designed to create an IP that can properly, efficiently, and effectively teach dynamic UPRT concepts in an all-attitude environment.
APS has Airline Instructor Train-the-Trainer programs used by several international airlines. Using web based applications created by APS to deliver industry accepted academic instruction, APS provides the detailed training and experience necessary for airline instructors to deliver accurate and effective UPRT which minimizes the potential for negative training.