Skill Transferability in Upset Prevention & Recovery Training


In order to truly enhance safety and mitigate risk, we know that effective Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT) must be integrated training that includes sufficient on-aircraft practice for pilots to master and ingrain the skills necessary to recover from an unexpected Loss of Control In-flight (LOC-I); however, pilots often wonder what type of on-aircraft training is most effective. First and foremost, properly delivered upset training must be transferable and, per the ICAO Manual on Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT), the provider must conduct training in an integrated environment. There are two undeniable facts as result of the 5-year technical study by ICAO involving more than 80 subject matter experts as follows:

  1. There is no single solution to solving Loss of Control In-flight (LOC-I). Pilots must be trained using an integration of specialized academics, comprehensive on-aircraft training, and the complimentary and aligned integration of advanced simulation. If you are missing any of those elements, you have unmitigated risk.
  2. Aerobatics training is not UPRT. The right kind of training intensity delivered correctly the first time is what will save your life. Consider that aerobatics is type-specific, planned maneuvering focusing on geometric precision. UPRT emphasizes awareness and prevention with recovery training being conducted in an unplanned event environment that generates transferable skills to any fixed wing airplane — skills which will be accessible in crisis as a result intensity and over-learning. If you are getting less that four on-aircraft flights in your UPRT program, your ability to access critical, often counter-intuitive, skills in a life threatening crisis is precarious at best, non-existent at worst, and you won’t know that until you need those skills to save your life. There is a huge difference between UPRT ‘exposure’ compared to UPRT ‘training.’ APS only delivers ‘UPRT training.’

In this video, you will hear from a few APS graduates who experienced and commented on the the transferability of skills learned in UPRT.

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