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APS Assists in Top NBAA Safety Focus Area: LOC-I

APS Assists in Top NBAA Safety Focus Area: Loss of Control In-flight

Paul BJ Ransbury

APS President Paul BJ Ransbury is at the forefront of NBAA efforts to reduce Loss of Control In-flight (LOC-I) as the lead for the NBAA Safety Committee’s LOC-I Working Group (WG). In 2016, the LOC-I WG established the first public version of the NBAA Safety Resource on LOC-I — complete with links to relevant industry and regulatory guidance and other resources, such as a Video Series of eight educational videos based on content from the NBAA Single-Pilot Safety Standdown. 2017 LOC-I WG efforts will bring even more NBAA membership resources and tools to bear on this lethal threat to air safety, to further mitigate the LOC-I occurrence category through pilot awareness, understanding, and training.

In March, 2017 the NBAA released their annual list of Top Safety Focus Areas, with Loss of Control In-flight (LOC-I) again included as a main safety concern. LOC-I accidents result in more fatalities in business aviation than any other category of accident. The NTSB also continues to target LOC-I on its 2017 “Most Wanted” list of safety improvements, citing its linkage in over 40 percent of fixed-wing general aviation accidents from 2001 to 2014. The alarming consistency of catastrophic outcomes in this type of accident make this a targeted issue for safety improvement by the NBAA Safety Committee and aviation professional organizations across the globe.

Each year during its annual risk assessment meeting, the NBAA Safety Committee reviews safety survey results, risk-based safety data, and qualitative input from industry and regulatory partners, other NBAA committees and association members. Following this data-driven review, the committee members deliberate and develop a list of safety focus areas for the year. The committee goal is to promote and stimulate safety-focused discussion and advocacy throughout the business aviation industry, as well as to help NBAA prioritize how it should focus its safety-improvement resources.

NTSB Fatal Accidents by Category – 2008 to 2016

The NBAA Safety Committee LOC-I Working Group has established criteria to assist in evaluating Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) providers based on industry guidance and recommendations. The group has compiled a list of UPRT providers listing training platforms, focus areas, instructor qualifications, recognized Safety Management Systems and other relevant criteria.. The Safety Resource site includes Guidelines for Pilots Seeking All-Attitude Training and other documents which can be helpful in evaluating training options and alternatives.

Previously, UPRT had been completely voluntary, but is now a mandatory component for all Airline Transport Pilots as a part of the ATP Certification Training Program requirements. Internationally, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has changed licensing recommendations to call for UPRT prior to Commercial licensing of all pilots worldwide. In these and other cases, a risk management approach to reducing the number one cause of aviation fatalities in business aviation has led to the realization that only enhanced pilot training efforts devoted to upset prevention and recovery can fully mitigate the threat of LOC-I.

The goal of the NBAA LOC-I Working Group is to increase industry awareness of the LOC-I problem and potential solutions by providing information resources in an easily accessible format. “It is a huge privilege to work alongside the NBAA Safety Committee’s large and passionate group aviation safety experts, and to also be able to share the lessons learned from our accumulated experience and decades of personal and professional experience”, said Paul Ransbury of his efforts as lead of the LOC-I Working Group. “Having the opportunity to work in the UPRT environment on a full-time basis with APS’ many qualified instructors has helped us refine processes and concepts that can increase safety for the entire business, Part 135 on-demand, and corporate aviation communities”.



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