The Industry Perspective
Safety of flight is always a primary concern for flight schools—with respect to flight school operations and also the safety of student pilots as they graduate and move on to aviation careers or just as recreational aviators. APS programs offer customized UPRT training for flight school students and instructors. These UPRT skills have been specially developed through proprietary methods to be transferrable to any fixed wing airplane, from the light general aviation aircraft to the heavy, wide-body airliner.
UPRT Training for Students and Instructors
Irrespective of the ultimate career being sought by a pilot, it is ideal to properly instruct pilots in the discipline of UPRT early in their licensing training to have a more thorough understanding of expanded maneuvering envelopes and performance environments. Addressing the Loss of Control In-flight (LOC-I) during primary licensing training provides student pilots with a broad-spectrum understanding of the various LOC-I threats which are present in many facets of the aviation industry, whether general aviation, corporate, military, or airline flying.
Additionally, very few flight schools have flight instructors who have significant experience in the all-attitude environment, which is required to ensure safety in the delivery of UPRT. Training in the all-attitude environment and at the edges of the flight envelope can be dangerous if the flight instructor does not fully understand the aerodynamics, risks, and required margins of safety involved. For this reason, UPRT for existing instructors can be very beneficial from a safety standpoint and can reduce a flight school’s liability.
Initial UPRT alone cannot, however, adequately prepare most flight instructors to safely administer UPRT themselves. Administering UPRT requires instructors who are experienced in all-attitude flying and have received extensive training in the specialized delivery of UPRT. This is a key reason that worldwide aviation leaders in ab-initio training, whether through classical licensing or multi crew pilot licensing, select APS to provide UPRT for their flight instructors and students.
Proper UPRT Training Platforms Are Critical
Effective UPRT cannot safely be conducted in an aircraft that is not certified in the aerobatic category for a variety of reasons, beginning with spin recovery, structural limits, and emergency egress capability. These factors, among others, reduce the margins of safety of non-aerobatic certified aircraft while conducting the training tasks required for effective and industry-compliant UPRT. UPRT conducted by experienced instructors in a robust, aerobatic-certified aircraft compliments the flight school training. UPRT provides a more comprehensive understanding of the aircraft flight envelope and the stall/spin and maneuvering threat, and it prepares pilots for more advanced flight operations.
UPRT Is a Sound Investment for Flight Schools
Addressing UPRT early in a pilot’s career before they have developed unnecessary anxiety about the all-attitude flight environment can make training more enjoyable, safer, and efficient. In fact, UPRT is a demonstrably valuable training solution from the standpoint of the safety benefit received relative to the cost of training—graduates of effective UPRT programs have a lower fail rate and redo rate as compared non-UPRT-trained pilots.