• Recommended Programs
  • The Industry Perspective
  • The Threat
  • Success Stories
  • How to Select Your Business Aviation Upset Training Provider

Corporate and business aviation enjoy an excellent safety record, largely due to the implementation of Safety Management Systems which help operators proactively identify and manage risks. Loss of Control In-flight (LOC-I) remains the number one cause of fatal accidents in corporate aviation and, as such, is a significant risk to your flight operations. APS directly addresses this risk with industry-leading Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) solutions customized to the needs of your flight department for your specific type(s) of aircraft. Our programs integrate extensive ground instruction, critical on-aircraft training in piston and/or jet aircraft, and high-fidelity advanced simulation when appropriate. The training result for each participating pilot is the development of long term transferable UPRT skill sets which mitigate the LOC-I risk, substantially improving your operation’s overall safety.

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Recommended Programs

Below are the recommended base programs and enhancements for corporate and business aviation customers looking for a comprehensive UPRT solution. Select a base program or enhancement you are interested in for more information.

Training Recommendation #1

Base Program

Jet Pilot Integrated Upset Training

Designed for multi-engine, high performance, career jet pilots to transport category-level stall and airplane upset skills.

Enhancement Options

High Altitude Jet Enhancement

High altitude S211 upset training augments core UPRT skills in a swept wing, glass cockpit, all-attitude jet.

Training Recommendation #2

Base Program

Professional Pilot Upset Training

Structured for instrument-rated pilots to embed long-lasting knowledge and skills to defeat all-weather airplane upsets.

The Industry Perspective

Corporate and business operations are focused on the safety of passengers, crew, and aircraft. Safety is also a key expectation of the high value personnel being transported, making air safety a crucial consideration in every training and operational decision. Regulatory training and recurrent training for corporate and business jet pilots typically expose pilots to unusual attitude procedures in a cursory fashion; however, dedicated UPRT serves to mitigate the risk of LOC-I by addressing the deficiencies of today’s licensing training and ensuring pilots gain the necessary and often counterintuitive UPRT skills they will need to fall back on instinctively if an unexpected airplane upset event should occur.

APS Maximizes Your UPRT Investment

Because UPRT is an important investment for flight departments, APS offers customizable programs to meet your organization’s unique UPRT needs. Additionally, APS offers condensed recurrent training so that pilots who have already acquired a strong UPRT skill set through APS initial training can fully refresh and update UPRT skills periodically at a lower cost and in less time. Insurance providers for flight departments often require training every six months to meet enhanced safety program requirements, and many of these insurers may allow a robust UPRT training program, such as the programs offered by APS, to replace their additional non-regulatory training. This is one method by which a flight department can satisfy their insurance company’s enhanced safety program requirements while addressing the LOC-I threat, often at no additional cost to the flight department.

UPRT Programs Specific to Your Flight Department

All APS UPRT programs are customizable to your flight department’s needs and provide comprehensive, relevant training. Initial on-aircraft training is economically conducted in a single-engine piston commercially certified aerobatic aircraft to maximize the margin of safety during the critical formative stage of initial UPRT skills training. These acquired skills are directly transferable to piston, turboprop, and turbojet platforms operated by corporate and business flight departments. Advanced flight simulators are integrated to allow transfer of training into transport category environment within the certified flight envelope of the simulation to ensure representative and transferrable training is being delivered. For jet pilots wanting additional training, an on-aircraft jet training option with representative business-jet-like performance is available to validate the transfer of skills from a piston to jet platform in the low, medium, and high altitude environment.

The Right Training Platforms for Your Flight Department

APS has extensive experience teaching Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) to a diverse range of corporate and business aviation customers. Although some providers offering on-aircraft upset recovery training programs teach exposure to the all-attitude environment through aerobatic maneuvering, it is important to distinguish that aerobatic training is not at all the same as industry-compliant UPRT. APS offers comprehensive UPRT programs by emphasizing recognition and prevention through enhanced awareness, while also integrating lifesaving recovery skills applicable to transport aircraft.

Although simulator training has UPRT value, the on-aircraft training programs at APS (whether stand-alone or combined with simulator training) provide realism and a sense of urgency that is impossible to fully present in simulator training alone. During proper on-aircraft UPRT, pilots acquire the necessary discipline to effectively respond to realistic sensory cues in an environment with elevated stress levels while piloting an all-attitude aircraft.

The APS Safety Standard

APS IS-BAO UPRTA dynamic safety culture and invested leadership are at the heart of a successful Safety Management System (SMS). APS embraces SMS principles, and integrates them throughout our implementation of the International Standards for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO)—an International Civil Aviation Organization approved SMS. This enhanced level of SMS formalization gives our customers additional confidence that APS is like-minded in actively identifying hazards and mitigating risks in all aspects of our operations.

APS is the exclusive on-aircraft UPRT provider for the Bombardier Safety Standdown’s Leading Edge program and CAE (at both corporate and airline cadet levels), attesting to the quality and safety of UPRT provided by APS. Through APS the Bombardier Leading Edge program provides fully integrated UPRT training for two pilots with the purchase of Learjet, Challenger, or Global aircraft.

The Threat


Loss of Control In-flight (LOC-I), as evidenced by the Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST) and General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC) data, continues to be a major risk to flight operations. Within a 10 year span, from 2004 through 2013, LOC-I was responsible for nearly 40% of all commercial aviation fatalities. Business aviation statistics for LOC-I are slightly more prominent at roughly 45% of all fatalities being LOC-I related. Since the statistical distribution of accidents among reciprocating aircraft, turbine, and home-built airplanes is fairly uniform in aviation, there is no bias for LOC-I toward less capable aircraft or less experienced pilots needing UPRT more than any other group of pilots. The statistics provide ample evidence that LOC-I is a significant risk in all flight operations across the entire spectrum of aviation sectors. As such, a flight department’s SMS requires some form of mitigation for this identified risk. According to industry, one of the best ways to mitigate the LOC-I threat is through a proven UPRT program.

APS provides actual training in prevention and recovery from upsets, rather than just exposure to extreme attitudes. While exposure helps make the all-attitude environment more familiar in some ways, only true UPRT ‘training’ programs provide the skills and proficiency needed to recover from real life situations, when a pilot needs those skills to be second nature to successfully combat and overcome the stress, fear and panic experienced in a real-world airplane upset situation.

Success Stories

Dave is a 17,000 hour professional jet pilot currently flying Global and Challenger Bombardier business jets. When Dave came back to Aviation Performance Solutions (APS) for the APS Recurrent Upset Training program this year, he tells of a story where APS training very likely saved his life. Dave received his initial training with APS through the Bombardier Leading Edge live upset training where APS is the exclusive provider. In his story, he departed out of Hong Kong behind a Boeing 747 with normal separation and got flipped up to approximately 130 degrees of bank less than 1000′ above the ground…watch the video to hear Dave tell the story.


How to Select Your Business Aviation Upset Training Provider

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