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APS Introduces New Advanced Upset Training Instructor Pilot

APS is pleased to introduce advanced UPRT instructor pilot Jason ‘Duke’ Smith. With extensive all-attitude pilot experience, objective third party recognition, and rigorous APS-proprietary airplane upset recovery specific training, APS instructor pilots are the most qualified in the world to teach comprehensive Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT).

Mesa, AZ – February 15, 2024:

Aviation Performance Solutions (APS) is proud to introduce Jason ‘Duke’ Smith, the newest APS advanced UPRT instructor pilot in our cadre of industry experts to have completed the six months of UPRT instructor experience needed to be fully qualified to teach comprehensive academic and on-aircraft Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT). 

Duke brings with him an extensive background in all-attitude flying and a wealth of experience from his distinguished career in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), where he served with distinction, completing 40 hours of combat missions and excelling in various instructional roles. His philosophy aligns perfectly with APS’ core mission: We Help Pilots Bring Everyone Home Safely. Duke’s experience and dedication are invaluable assets as we continue to develop and deliver the most effective UPRT programs to address the number one fatal risk in aviation – Loss of Control In-flight (LOC-I). Read more about Duke: apstraining/smith

“APS instructors are among the most qualified in the world, with extensive aviation career experience providing a foundation for the rigorous UPRT specific qualification process,” says APS CEO Paul Ransbury. “This process results in standardized instructor pilots who are true experts in mitigating the risk of LOC-I.”  

“The opportunity to drive safety and excellence in the aviation community through teaching Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT) is not only a meaningful career choice for me, but also an exciting one that allows me to stay on the leading edge of aviation“ Duke says. “I look forward to championing this critical training, so that as an industry, aviation can celebrate a reduction in LOC-I related fatalities.”


APS is a global leader in aviation safety training, with an exclusive three-decade focus on transformational UPRT solutions uniquely designed for each operator. Trusted by major legacy air carriers, leading flight departments, insurance companies, military/government agencies, flight schools, and professional pilot owner-operators, APS is committed to reducing Loss of Control In-flight (LOC-I) accidents through top-tier UPRT training and resources.



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