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APS Attends NTSB Loss of Control and Stall Seminar

APS Attends NTSB Loss of Control and Stall Seminar

NTSB LogoIn an effort to stay abreast of important Industry developments, APS is constantly involved in international working groups, conferences, and other efforts related to Upset Prevent and Recovery Training and Loss of Control In-Flight (LOC-I). APS VP of Training and Business Development, Randall Brooks, recently attended a Loss of Control/Stall seminar held by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).


The seminar was the fifth in a series of safety seminars presented by the NTSB focused on preventing general aviation accidents. The selection of the LOC-I / Stall as a topic was based on the prevalence of fatalities from these causal factors. Accidents attributed to loss of control in-flight are the number one cause of fatal crashes in the areas of personal, instructional, business, and airline flying. These accidents account for about 40 percent of General Aviation fatalities.

For this seminar, the NTSB partnered with other organizations also committed to enhancing GA safety – the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE).NTSB Training Center

Dr. Earl Weener, a sitting Member of the NTSB Member explained that the annual GA LOC-I accident totals are slowly trending downward, but so are overall GA flying hours. Therefore, the GA LOC-I accident rate is extremely flat over the previous ten year period. This illustrates the fact that training the way current regulations require will simply continue to perpetuate LOC-I as the greatest threat in aviation. Only through modifying pilot training through the addition of Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) can the LOC-I accident rate be diminished. This is due in large part to the underappreciated fact that stalls seen in accidents bear little resemblance to stalls encountered in training.

While there was valuable information provided, there were no references to the recently adopted stall recovery template or other related efforts in the business aviation and air carrier segments of aviation. This highlights the need for greater harmonization on the subjects of LOC-I and stall recovery across the spectrum of aviation to ensure consistent messages are being delivered throughout a pilot’s career.

Further information on the event can be found here including links to the presentations delivered.


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