Part 141 Upset Recovery Training
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APS is First Part 141 Upset Recovery Training Provider

What is FAA Part 141 Certification

APS FAA Part 141 Upset Recovery TrainingFAA certification of Flight Schools is governed by Part 141 of the FAA’s Regulations. Its purpose is to create high standards for the delivery of pilot training in a structured and systematic manner. It is similar in terms of philosophy and quality assurance to the Part 142 requirements which govern Flight Simulation Training Centers.

For the FAA this designation governs what many other Civil Aviation Authorities term Approved Training Organization, or ATO. Some of the areas that are reviewed and approved during Part 141 qualification involve training curricula, instructor qualification, aircraft capabilities and maintenance, facilities to include classrooms and pilot briefing spaces, and additional employee qualifications. This certification includes ongoing auditing of all required specifications to provide verified quality assurance. As a Part 141 certified training school, APS Upset Prevention & Recovery Training meets and exceeds standards in the following Part 141 categories.

Instructor Qualification – Part 141 Upset Recovery Training

Though the FAA has no current standard for instructors in the delivery of UPRT, or Part 141 Upset Recovery Training in this case, all APS Part 141 instructors are Certified Flight Instructors (CFIs) which allows them to provide endorsements and sign-offs required by regulation (high performance, tailwheel, CFI Spin, and others). This ensures that APS Instructor Pilots (IPs) are experienced in the delivery of instruction in flight. APS IP qualification goes well beyond the minimum part 141 requirements in three important areas: instructional experience, operational experience, and all-attitude experience.

Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) is one of the most sophisticated and demanding of all flight training disciplines, it is not an entry level instructional arena. All APS IPs have prior instructional experience that prepares them to deliver clear direction in dynamic flight environments and to accurately critique student performance in upset recovery practices and principles.

All APS Part 141 Upset Recovery Training IPs have operational experience in multi-engine transport operations at the airline or business/corporate aviation level. This real world experience allows them to understand the threat environment encountered in normal flight operations and how Loss of Control In-flight (LOC-I) risks can be mitigated.

Most importantly, from the standpoint of flight safety, is the fact that all APS IPs have extensive experience in flight operations involving all-attitude flight in an on-going professional capacity. This familiarity and proficiency in three-dimensional maneuvering assures that APS IPs have command of the instructional environment and can quickly correct any maneuvering situations that occur during training. While all of these internal IP requirements are far beyond the minimum requirements of Part 141, it is what makes APS IPs the most qualified UPRT experts in the world.

Training Program

APS Part 141 Upset Recovery Training AircraftAll Part 141 training programs must adhere to ground and flight lessons in a structured manner following an approved syllabus and lesson plans. The APS program of UPRT has evolved over two decades to become the most refined UPRT course in the world today. Following all current FAA and international guidance on the subject of UPRT, APS’s systematic, building-block approach prepares pilots with robust UPRT which establishes the resilience they need to effectively meet the demands of an unexpected airplane upset event. While Part 141 requires detailed records and minimum student pilot performance rates, it is the thorough APS understanding of UPRT principles and attention to every detail that has created the most effective UPRT programs available.


Aircraft involved in Part 141 training must be made available to the FAA for inspection and are subject to inspection at any time, without notice. This ensures a known standard of maintenance quality, dependability, and safety. APS uses only aircraft certified for all-attitude maneuvering (Acrobatic Category or military equivalent) to ensure necessary margins of safety are preserved during the delivery of UPRT.

Safety Management System

APS IS-BAO USAIG UPRTPart 141 operations establish written safety practices and procedures for conducting flight training. This is especially important for the delivery of UPRT, which is why APS operates in accordance with a Safety Management System governed by the International Standards for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO). Once again, this is well above the baseline requirements for Part 141 certification, but reflects the high standards which APS sets for itself in providing high quality, safe UPRT.

VA Benefits

The Veteran’s Administration will provide benefits for flight training to qualified military veterans provided they attend a Part 141 flight school and are enrolled in approved Part 141 flight courses. The VA will not provide any benefits for flight training conducted under Part 61.

Quality and Value

The bottom line is that Part 141 Certification provides an assurance of quality that helps to guarantee safety in UPRT delivery and the best value from your UPRT provider.


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