Flight Schools

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  • The Industry Perspective
  • The Threat
  • Recommended Programs
  • Success Stories
  • Want to Start Your Aviation Career Reducing the Risk of Your Most Fatal Threat?

Flight schools provide pilots with initial flight training and have great impact on a new pilot’s professionalism, flight discipline, and the manual handling skills that can last throughout their entire flying career. These formative years are the ideal time for the delivery of comprehensive Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT), which compliments primary licensing training and continues on from where traditional training typically ends. The UPRT programs at APS are Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved, Part 141 Specialized Training Programs. As a designated Part 141 flight school, APS has demonstrated the structure, quality, oversight and standardization mandated by the FAA. Through the Part 141 certification process, APS has become familiar with the qualification requirements to achieve Air Training Organization certification mandatory by many Civil Aviation Authorities.

The Industry Perspective

Safety of flight is always a primary concern for flight schools—with respect to flight school operations and also the safety of student pilots as they graduate and move on to aviation careers or just as recreational aviators. APS programs offer customized UPRT training for flight school students and instructors. These UPRT skills have been specially developed through proprietary methods to be transferrable to any fixed wing airplane, from the light general aviation aircraft to the heavy, wide-body airliner.

UPRT Training for Students and Instructors

Irrespective of the ultimate career being sought by a pilot, it is ideal to properly instruct pilots in the discipline of UPRT early in their licensing training to have a more thorough understanding of expanded maneuvering envelopes and performance environments. Addressing the Loss of Control In-flight (LOC-I) during primary licensing training provides student pilots with a broad-spectrum understanding of the various LOC-I threats which are present in many facets of the aviation industry, whether general aviation, corporate, military, or airline flying.

Additionally, very few flight schools have flight instructors who have significant experience in the all-attitude environment, which is required to ensure safety in the delivery of UPRT. Training in the all-attitude environment and at the edges of the flight envelope can be dangerous if the flight instructor does not fully understand the aerodynamics, risks, and required margins of safety involved. For this reason, UPRT for existing instructors can be very beneficial from a safety standpoint and can reduce a flight school’s liability.

Initial UPRT alone cannot, however, adequately prepare most flight instructors to safely administer UPRT themselves. Administering UPRT requires instructors who are experienced in all-attitude flying and have received extensive training in the specialized delivery of UPRT. This is a key reason that worldwide aviation leaders in ab-initio training, whether through classical licensing or multi crew pilot licensing, select APS to provide UPRT for their flight instructors and students.

Proper UPRT Training Platforms Are Critical

Effective UPRT cannot safely be conducted in an aircraft that is not certified in the aerobatic category for a variety of reasons, beginning with spin recovery, structural limits, and emergency egress capability. These factors, among others, reduce the margins of safety of non-aerobatic certified aircraft while conducting the training tasks required for effective and industry-compliant UPRT. UPRT conducted by experienced instructors in a robust, aerobatic-certified aircraft compliments the flight school training. UPRT provides a more comprehensive understanding of the aircraft flight envelope and the stall/spin and maneuvering threat, and it prepares pilots for more advanced flight operations.

UPRT Is a Sound Investment for Flight Schools

Addressing UPRT early in a pilot’s career before they have developed unnecessary anxiety about the all-attitude flight environment can make training more enjoyable, safer, and efficient. In fact, UPRT is a demonstrably valuable training solution from the standpoint of the safety benefit received relative to the cost of training—graduates of effective UPRT programs have a lower fail rate and redo rate as compared non-UPRT-trained pilots.

The Threat

Fatalities-GraphThe threat to aspiring pilots lies not only in the short term risk present during their time in flight training, but also from the longer term threat they will face over the course of their piloting career. The number one cause of fatal accidents across all categories of aviation is Loss of Control In-flight (LOC-I). Nothing else can reduce the risk of LOC-I more than the mitigating effects of comprehensive, industry-compliant UPRT.

Benefits in manual handling skills, energy management, and the ability to safely and effectively cope with aerodynamic disturbances such as wake turbulence are all achieved through professionally administered UPRT. Unlike scripted stalls and modest unusual attitudes, the proficiency gained through UPRT allows students to deal with a wide range of potential LOC-I threats. This training is designed to systematically reduce the greatest cause of aircraft hull loss and fatalities in aviation today. Students learn correct relationships between stall speed, angle of attack and load factor, how to appropriately manage G, and many other relationships that might be missing without this essential component of training.

UPRT seeks to close gaps in knowledge and skills and fill in missing elements of manual handling capabilities. There is no better time to provide a pilot with the skills necessary to address these concerns than during a pilot’s primary licensing training. The laws of readiness, primacy, intensity, effect and exercise are each powerful, especially when administered in combination during properly administered UPRT. When harnessed by APS expert instructors, the optimized integration of these laws during UPRT has an unquestionable, life-long impact on the participating pilot’s professionalism, skill, and airmanship.

Recommended Programs

Below are the recommended base programs for flight school 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

VFR Pilot Upset Training

Ideal for VFR pilots seeking comprehensive upset and stall/spin upset awareness, prevention and recovery.

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.

Success Stories

James Tait, a British Airways Professional Pilot in Training, recently received his Professional Pilot Upset Recovery Training at Aviation Performance Solutions (APS). James received his training opportunity through the CAE Oxford Aviation Academy. British Airways and CAE recognize the value in exposing their young pilot cadets to an APS Upset Prevention and Recovery Course in order to mitigate the Loss of Control-Inflight (LOC-I) threat. Please listen to the comments that this future airline pilot shares after experiencing this invaluable training at the start of his career. Enjoy!


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