The Industry Perspective
APS has experience teaching UPRT to a diverse range of military and government customers. These organizations include the U.S. Army, DEA, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Marshals Service, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and many others. Military and government customers are accustomed to, and expect nothing less than quality-assured standardized training programs. The cadre of pilots at APS are industry-proven experts at delivering this type of standardized, high-quality training, and each instructor has a military background. All of the programs, as well as the APS training philosophy, reflect the elite standards that military and government customers have come to expect in their training solutions.
UPRT Addresses the Needs of Military and Government Flight Operations
While some government and military aircrew may have received all-attitude exposure at some point in their careers—usually through limited aerobatics—it is likely that they did not receive focused and modernized UPRT specific to the safe operations of civilian aircraft. Aerobatics, although useful in all-attitude exposure and flight envelope familiarity, is often aerobatic-airplane specific, planned, and precisely executed. By contrast, UPRT deals with non-precision maneuvering to defeat unplanned aircraft excursions from the normal envelope and includes skills which are transferable to any fixed wing airplane. UPRT programs are specifically focused on reducing the LOC-I in all flight operations.
Military and government recurrent training typically exposes pilots to cursory unusual attitude training that is, for the most part, heavily scripted and may not adequately address the actual concerns and hazards associated with the real world operational environment. This typical recurrent training generally treats upsets and unusual attitudes as an afterthought. An LOC-I event is dynamic and requires unique foundational knowledge that is usually not addressed during typical training, nor well understood—if understood at all—by most instructors.
Customizable UPRT Targeted to Your Organization and Aircraft
APS UPRT programs can be tailored to the customers’ specific needs and provide thorough, industry-relevant training. APS offers comprehensive programs emphasizing upset recognition and prevention through enhanced awareness. Furthermore, UPRT exposes pilots in training to a diverse range of upset parameters and provides lifesaving recovery skills, utilizing maneuvers and scenarios appropriate to the type of aircraft the customer operates.
On-aircraft UPRT (whether stand-alone or combined with simulator training) provides realism and a sense-of-urgency not available in simulator training or even aerobatic flight. Pilots are taught to respond to realistic sensory cues in an environment with appropriate but controlled stress levels in an all-attitude aircraft. The skills taught are directly transferable to the pilot’s own operational aircraft with particular care given to type-specific considerations whether piston, turboprop, or turbojet platforms. Advanced flight simulators are integrated where applicable to allow the transfer of training into the transport category environment within the valid training envelope of the simulator to ensure representative training is being delivered. For jet pilots wanting additional training, a jet training option with representative business-jet-like performance is available to validate the transfer of skills from a piston aircraft to a jet platform in the low, medium, and high altitude environment.