The Industry Perspective
Corporate and business operations are focused on the safety of passengers, crew, and aircraft. Safety is also a key expectation of the high value personnel being transported, making air safety a crucial consideration in every training and operational decision. Regulatory training and recurrent training for corporate and business jet pilots typically expose pilots to unusual attitude procedures in a cursory fashion; however, dedicated UPRT serves to mitigate the risk of LOC-I by addressing the deficiencies of today’s licensing training and ensuring pilots gain the necessary and often counterintuitive UPRT skills they will need to fall back on instinctively if an unexpected airplane upset event should occur.
APS Maximizes Your UPRT Investment
Because UPRT is an important investment for flight departments, APS offers customizable programs to meet your organization’s unique UPRT needs. Additionally, APS offers condensed recurrent training so that pilots who have already acquired a strong UPRT skill set through APS initial training can fully refresh and update UPRT skills periodically at a lower cost and in less time. Insurance providers for flight departments often require training every six months to meet enhanced safety program requirements, and many of these insurers may allow a robust UPRT training program, such as the programs offered by APS, to replace their additional non-regulatory training. This is one method by which a flight department can satisfy their insurance company’s enhanced safety program requirements while addressing the LOC-I threat, often at no additional cost to the flight department.
UPRT Programs Specific to Your Flight Department
All APS UPRT programs are customizable to your flight department’s needs and provide comprehensive, relevant training. Initial on-aircraft training is economically conducted in a single-engine piston commercially certified aerobatic aircraft to maximize the margin of safety during the critical formative stage of initial UPRT skills training. These acquired skills are directly transferable to piston, turboprop, and turbojet platforms operated by corporate and business flight departments. Advanced flight simulators are integrated to allow transfer of training into transport category environment within the certified flight envelope of the simulation to ensure representative and transferrable training is being delivered. For jet pilots wanting additional training, an on-aircraft jet training option with representative business-jet-like performance is available to validate the transfer of skills from a piston to jet platform in the low, medium, and high altitude environment.
The Right Training Platforms for Your Flight Department
APS has extensive experience teaching Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) to a diverse range of corporate and business aviation customers. Although some providers offering on-aircraft upset recovery training programs teach exposure to the all-attitude environment through aerobatic maneuvering, it is important to distinguish that aerobatic training is not at all the same as industry-compliant UPRT. APS offers comprehensive UPRT programs by emphasizing recognition and prevention through enhanced awareness, while also integrating lifesaving recovery skills applicable to transport aircraft.
Although simulator training has UPRT value, the on-aircraft training programs at APS (whether stand-alone or combined with simulator training) provide realism and a sense of urgency that is impossible to fully present in simulator training alone. During proper on-aircraft UPRT, pilots acquire the necessary discipline to effectively respond to realistic sensory cues in an environment with elevated stress levels while piloting an all-attitude aircraft.
The APS Safety Standard
A dynamic safety culture and invested leadership are at the heart of a successful Safety Management System (SMS). APS embraces SMS principles, and integrates them throughout our implementation of the International Standards for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO)—an International Civil Aviation Organization approved SMS. This enhanced level of SMS formalization gives our customers additional confidence that APS is like-minded in actively identifying hazards and mitigating risks in all aspects of our operations.
APS is the exclusive on-aircraft UPRT provider for the Bombardier Safety Standdown’s Leading Edge program and CAE (at both corporate and airline cadet levels), attesting to the quality and safety of UPRT provided by APS. Through APS the Bombardier Leading Edge program provides fully integrated UPRT training for two pilots with the purchase of Learjet, Challenger, or Global aircraft.