Sports training in one area often has applicability and benefit towards other types of activities. One of the incredible aspect of Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT) is the resiliency of the training itself. Like any skill that is difficult to master, such as learning to ski, play tennis, or ride a bike, the skills require rigorous and specific training in the beginning. But if the training is sufficiently focused and thorough, the skills will stick with the learner for a lifetime. Skills learned in UPRT at APS are taught with sufficient repetition to proficiency which ingrains the knowledge and practical application expertise needed to access those skills in a high adrenaline situation such as an unexpected airplane upset. Additionally, by developing a mental model of the flight path of an aircraft in an upset, pilots receive sufficient practice to develop pattern recognition. This allows them to foresee escalating upset situations before they reach a threatening state.
In this testimonial, Challenger 300 Captain Robert Deal discusses how the skills he learned at APS apply across different aircraft types and sufficiently provide pilots with the proficiency required to expertly prevent or recover from a Loss of Control In-flight (LOC-I). Interestingly, Mr. Deal also discusses how quickly he was able to remember and access those skills during recurrent training.