• The Industry Perspective
  • The Threat
  • Recommended Programs
  • Success Stories
  • Why is the Military and Government Mission Different?

Military and government operators are often required to fly in conditions that bring them much closer to the edges of the performance envelope to accomplish their assigned mission. This potentially places those aircrews at a greater risk of experiencing an airplane upset or Loss of Control In-flight (LOC-I) event compared to their typical civilian operator counterparts. Depending on the extent and comprehensiveness of their military fixed wing training, military pilots may or may not have the necessary skills to recover the aircraft in the event of an LOC-I.

An effective operational risk management program will recognize this as a serious risk in need of comprehensive mitigation. Effective LOC-I risk reduction under these challenging conditions can be thoroughly accomplished through a comprehensive, industry-compliant Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) program such as is offered by APS.

The Industry Perspective

APS has experience teaching UPRT to a diverse range of military and government customers. These organizations include the U.S. Army, DEA, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Marshals Service, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and many others. Military and government customers are accustomed to, and expect nothing less than quality-assured standardized training programs. The cadre of pilots at APS are industry-proven experts at delivering this type of standardized, high-quality training, and each instructor has a military background. All of the programs, as well as the APS training philosophy, reflect the elite standards that military and government customers have come to expect in their training solutions.

UPRT Addresses the Needs of Military and Government Flight Operations

While some government and military aircrew may have received all-attitude exposure at some point in their careers—usually through limited aerobatics—it is likely that they did not receive focused and modernized UPRT specific to the safe operations of civilian aircraft. Aerobatics, although useful in all-attitude exposure and flight envelope familiarity, is often aerobatic-airplane specific, planned, and precisely executed. By contrast, UPRT deals with non-precision maneuvering to defeat unplanned aircraft excursions from the normal envelope and includes skills which are transferable to any fixed wing airplane. UPRT programs are specifically focused on reducing the LOC-I in all flight operations.

Military and government recurrent training typically exposes pilots to cursory unusual attitude training that is, for the most part, heavily scripted and may not adequately address the actual concerns and hazards associated with the real world operational environment. This typical recurrent training generally treats upsets and unusual attitudes as an afterthought. An LOC-I event is dynamic and requires unique foundational knowledge that is usually not addressed during typical training, nor well understood—if understood at all—by most instructors.

Customizable UPRT Targeted to Your Organization and Aircraft

APS UPRT programs can be tailored to the customers’ specific needs and provide thorough, industry-relevant training. APS offers comprehensive programs emphasizing upset recognition and prevention through enhanced awareness. Furthermore, UPRT exposes pilots in training to a diverse range of upset parameters and provides lifesaving recovery skills, utilizing maneuvers and scenarios appropriate to the type of aircraft the customer operates.

On-aircraft UPRT (whether stand-alone or combined with simulator training) provides realism and a sense-of-urgency not available in simulator training or even aerobatic flight. Pilots are taught to respond to realistic sensory cues in an environment with appropriate but controlled stress levels in an all-attitude aircraft. The skills taught are directly transferable to the pilot’s own operational aircraft with particular care given to type-specific considerations whether piston, turboprop, or turbojet platforms. Advanced flight simulators are integrated where applicable to allow the transfer of training into the transport category environment within the valid training envelope of the simulator to ensure representative training is being delivered. For jet pilots wanting additional training, a jet training option with representative business-jet-like performance is available to validate the transfer of skills from a piston aircraft to a jet platform in the low, medium, and high altitude environment.

The Threat

Boeing CAST LOC-I Statistics 2015

While comprehensive accident statistics are not readily available for military and government operations specifically, the nature of their missions often place aircrew in high threat situations with respect to the aircraft’s performance, structural, and aerodynamic limits. For these pilots, flying involves harsher flight regimes such as operating at lower altitudes, flying closer to the edge of the aerodynamic envelope, or flying in closer proximity to other aircraft, and hazards such as upsets due to wake turbulence can be more prevalent. For operators in these flight regimes, APS places specific emphasis on the prevention of stalls, spins, and loss-of-control while maneuvering.

Additionally, many military and government operations are conducted in highly modified variants of civilian aircraft platforms. These modifications can result in aircraft that are less stable and controllable. Modifications may have a detrimental effect on aircraft handling and performance, placing a greater emphasis on the need for quality UPRT for the aircrew.

Because critical flight operations must sometimes be performed even in the face of high operational risks, preservation of life and assets are vital. Therefore, providing military and government operators with missing or long-needed refreshing of UPRT skills is crucial in safely meeting mission demands.

Recommended Programs

Below are the recommended base programs and enhancements for military and government aviation customers looking for a comprehensive UPRT solution. Select a base program or enhancement you are interested in for more information. APS has years of experience training a wide diversity of military and government pilots.

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 Option

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.

Enhancement Option

Advanced Spin Enhancement

Augment core UPRT knowledge and skills with an advanced spin awareness, prevention, and recovery session.

Success Stories

Please take a few minutes to listen to Dwight Greenlund, 27-year US Army veteran and Fixed Wing Branch Chief at the Directorate for Evaluation and Standardization, describes his powerful training experience. He also discusses how APS training has given US Army pilots the upset prevention and recovery tools needed to be effective in their airplane type to survive a developing loss of control in-flight event in the real world. Enjoy!


Why is the Military and Government Mission Different?

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