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Pre-UPRT Pilot Recovery Rates

Correct Answer: About 40%

Without EPIC-S2 compliant UPRT, about how successful are professional pilots at safely recovering from an airplane upset?

a. 15%
b. 30% 
c. 40%
d. 75%

The answer to the trivia question was derived from the average results of a pilot performance investigation across several different upset scenarios. In late 2007, Aviation Performance Solutions (APS) initiated an investigation to measure pre-training and post-training pilot skill development in relation to APS-specific Upset Prevention & Recovery Training processes. The data gathering of the investigation occurred over a three month period (Dec 2007 through February 2008) and included 132 pilots. The chart below presents a high-level summary of what we found:



*These results represent APS’ optimized implementation of Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) according to the Every Pilot In Control Solution Standard™ (EPIC-S2™) — see more about EPIC-S2 below.

Results Vary Based on the UPRT Program

While high level guidelines for Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) are given by regulatory agencies such as ICAO, EASA and the FAA, UPRT programs can vary widely within those guidelines. In order for a UPRT program to deliver effective training, best practices for proper UPRT must also be followed. Through experience and testing as well as over three decades collaborating with industry safety organizations, APS has been at the forefront developing UPRT programs that adhere to proven best practices for both efficacy and safety. The Every Pilot In Control Solution Standard (EPIC-S2) outlines these best practices and methodologies according to the the six Critical UPRT Implementation Factors that, when integrated and delivered properly, have been shown to help pilots develop lasting upset prevention and recovery skills in a safe training environment.

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