Owner & Operator Aviation

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  • The Industry Perspective
  • The Threat
  • Recommended Programs
  • Success Stories
  • Why is the Owner/Operator at the Greatest Risk of Loss of Control?

The General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC) reported on accidents that occurred in 2001 through 2011 showing nearly 45% of all general aviation fatalities were the result of Loss of Control In-flight (LOC-I). This figure was nearly three times higher than the next highest reported category. The aircraft handling skills developed in today’s regulatory-required pilot training do not adequately address the prevention of, nor recovery from, LOC-I situations. Since Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) is not mandated by regulation, it is incumbent upon the individual pilot to acquire the skills necessary to safely mitigate the LOC-I threat. As an owner/operator, you are the last line of defense in the prevention of, or recovery from, an LOC-I situation. APS offers customized UPRT programs specific to your skill level and aircraft. These targeted programs directly reduce your LOC-I risk level through specialized ground and on-aircraft training which develops the critical handling skills, discipline in a crisis, and mental decision making processes that must be second nature in the event of an unexpected upset.

The Industry Perspective

At APS, your safety is our mission. In your aircraft at any given time, you may be transporting your family, friends, or business associates who are all counting on you to keep them safe. You’ve chosen your aircraft carefully to be the best fit with your intended operations, so be sure to do the same with your training. Remember, operating a high-performance airplane can actually place you at a greater risk of LOC-I, as you are more capable of going higher, further, and longer than ever before into increasingly challenging weather conditions. Don’t count on the aircraft to keep you safe. Recent accident statistics are full of very capable aircraft that ended up in a situation where the pilot was unable to maintain control or relied too heavily on automation. These situations often result in fatal accidents. UPRT at APS gives you the knowledge, experience, and skills to recognize, prevent, and if necessary, recover from an airplane upset or developing LOC-I incident.

UPRT Programs Customized to Your Aircraft and Skill Level

APS provides the global standard in UPRT, and supports thousands of its customers operating top-end, state-of-the-art aircraft. What many owner/operators sometimes don’t realize, however, is that APS training programs are available to all pilots across the pilot experience spectrum; a private pilot license is sufficient to start the VFR Pilot Upset Training program. As you grow in experience to IFR, multi-engine and jet airplanes, APS grows with you through progressively more advanced programs to match your experience level and how you operate your specific type of airplane on a daily basis.

APS instructors are professionally qualified and specifically trained to be able to accommodate a wide range of experience levels and capabilities—from basic to the most elite pilots in aviation. Whether you are a high-time professional pilot with aerobatic experience, or a newly minted private pilot, APS instructors will provide you with the level and intensity of training that are commensurate with your knowledge, ability, desire, and need.

Your UPRT Investment

Pricing is an important factor in selecting a UPRT provider. This is an area where the phrase “you get what you pay for” applies. While others may offer what they call “UPRT” for a lower price, pay attention to what you are getting, who is teaching you, and what their customers are saying about them. A high-performance aerobatic training platform provides a wider margin of safety. Lesser performance aircraft may be able to provide similar training exercises, but at a greater risk and a lower level of exposure to upsets and stall characteristics. Likewise, Instructor Pilot experience in the all-attitude environment is critical to accomplishing UPRT efficiently and safely. When the price tag of high quality UPRT training is examined in the view of safety and total value, the UPRT programs delivered by APS provide the greatest overall value by a significant margin. The initial multi-day investment in UPRT with APS ingrains critical skill sets that can be fully renewed with just a single day of training during future recurrent training sessions. Most pilots determine to attend recurrent training anywhere from every year to every five years. APS is dedicated keeping you safe for a lifetime, and we have a comprehensive plan to do so.

The Threat

Fatalities-GraphAircraft owners and operators can be exposed to the Loss of Control In-flight (LOC-I) threat environment in many ways. Typical accidents involve stall/spin and loss of control while maneuvering, especially at low altitude or while disoriented. Moreover, light aircraft can be more susceptible to external disturbances, such as wind shear and wake turbulence.

Owners and operators of technologically advanced or high-performance aircraft must consider that they and their aircraft are just as susceptible to loss of control in-flight as pilots of lower performance aircraft. UPRT picks up where primary licensing training ends. Licensing training alone does not fully prepare pilots for the stall/spin threat or the all-attitude environment. If a pilot encounters a nose-low overbanked upset and has never seen the startling visual and psychophysiological cues associated with that environment (i.e. ground filling the windscreen while at extreme bank angles), he or she may misinterpret those cues and react in a manner which could prove fatal.

Unintentional flight into instrument meteorological conditions without the proper upset prevention and recovery training is another leading cause of LOC-I, and no pilot is immune to the potential disorientation associated with that flight regime. Unlike classic aerobatic training, UPRT at APS provides practice in the recovery from both visual and instrument flight conditions.

Recommended Programs

Below are the recommended base programs and enhancements for owner and operator aviation customers looking for a comprehensive UPRT solution. Select a base program or enhancement you are interested in for more information.

Training Recommendation #1

Base Program

VFR Pilot Upset Training

Ideal for VFR pilots seeking comprehensive upset and stall/spin upset awareness, prevention and recovery.

Enhancement Option

Advanced Spin Enhancement

Augment core UPRT knowledge and skills with an advanced spin awareness, prevention, and recovery session.

Training Recommendation #2

Base Program

Professional Pilot Upset Training

Structured for instrument-rated pilots to embed long-lasting knowledge and skills to defeat all-weather airplane upsets.

Enhancement Option

Advanced Spin Enhancement

Augment core UPRT knowledge and skills with an advanced spin awareness, prevention, and recovery session.

Training Recommendation #3

Base Program

Jet Pilot Integrated Upset Training

Designed for multi-engine, high performance, career jet pilots to transport category-level stall and airplane upset skills.

Enhancement Option

Jet A-4 Enhancement

Augment core UPRT knowledge and skills with a high-performance transfer of skill session to include high Mach and high altitude.

Success Stories

Hans Barbachano is an Embraer Phenom 100 Pilot Owner who flies privately for himself.  As a pre-requisite for his APS A-4 Jet Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT), Hans participated in the Integrated Full Solution – Professional Jet Pilot UPRT Program at the Aviation Performance Solutions (APS) Texas location in the Dallas area.  Please listen to his comments and how he evaluates his APS training experience.  Enjoy!

Why is the Owner/Operator at the Greatest Risk of Loss of Control?

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