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Upset Training Deficiencies: Response to Colgan 3407

Arizona-based Flight School Addresses Airplane Loss of Control Training Deficiencies in Response to the Fatal Colgan 3407 Accident in Buffalo, NY

Mesa, AZ – Aviation Performance Solutions, LLC (APS) announces its firm commitment to actively support the Airline Safety and Pilot Training Improvement Act of 2009 requiring enhanced stall and airplane upset recognition and recovery training for Part 121 Air Carriers. APS has augmented its on-going training solutions to further assist commercial aviation operators to mitigate the loss of control in-flight threat tragically demonstrated by the Colgan 3407 fatal crash in Buffalo, New York in 2009.

Over the past 50 years of statistically analyzed accident history in commercial aviation, Loss of Control In-Flight (LOC-I) is indisputably one of the leading causes of airplane crashes and crash-related fatalities worldwide. Regrettably, current pilot training curricula, standards and certification requirements perpetuate this pilot-skill deficiency. In a report issued by Boeing in July 2009, the Commercial Aviation Safety Team’s statistical research clearly shows LOC-I representing the most severe cause factor in commercial aviation over the past 10 years, resulting in the most crash-related fatalities from 1999 through 2008. Commercial aviation will continue to experience high rates of LOC-I fatalities until a training solution to mitigate this threat is implemented. Today’s aviation training marketplace does not currently offer a tangible solution to dealing with Loss of Control In-Flight (LOC-I) using readily available assets, technologies and knowledge resources. This is primarily due to the perceived risk of thorough upset recovery training, the limited accuracy of simulator fidelity in extreme flight conditions, and the stark absence of instructor knowledge to effectively teach all-attitude all-envelope recovery procedures.

“At APS Emergency Maneuver Training, we consider upset recovery training to encompass the entire field of adverse flight-attitude and flight-envelope situations irrespective of whether they are pilot-induced, environmentally-induced or system anomaly-induced.” says Paul BJ Ransbury, President of APS Emergency Maneuver training. “APS fully supports upcoming industry regulatory changes to improve the safety of air travel by addressing the LOC-I threat head-on. Robust upset recovery training solutions must be proven effective and remain focused on recognition and avoidance through enhanced pilot awareness. The actual process of on-aircraft recovery technique implementation is both irreplaceable and crucial to significantly enhancing the professional pilot’s LOC-I skill-set. However, ‘recovery techniques’ on their own must not be the sole focus, nor take precedence over the pilot’s specialized education in prevention and diagnosis of potential upset situations. With APS’s enhanced multi-faceted approach to delivering our integrated prevention and recovery LOC-I strategies, tomorrow’s commercial pilot will be optimally armed to recognize, avoid and, if necessary, immediately recover from life-threatening flight scenarios such as the Dash-8 Colgan 3407 accident this past year in Buffalo, New York”.

About APS Emergency Maneuver Training

APS Emergency Maneuver Training has trained more pilots in fully comprehensive upset recovery training skill development than any other training organization. For the past 14 years, APS has been committed to giving professional pilots the highest quality, most cost-effective upset recovery training available. APS has a diversity of turnkey solutions to mitigate the Loss of Control In-Flight threat from online computer-based training solutions to a fully integrated full motion simulator curriculum complimented by real on-aircraft training. Every APS instructor pilot’s professional flight experience spans a highly specialized spectrum of aviation uniquely qualifying them as ideal LOCI-I training providers. All APS instructors have extensive experience in; all-attitude all-envelope maneuvering in both piston and jet aircraft, military instruction, technologically advanced aircraft and transport category flight operations. In addition to all APS training being in compliance with the Airplane Upset Recovery Training Aid – Revision 2, APS Emergency Maneuver Training is the only Part 141 Flight School certified in the delivery of upset recovery, spin and instrument recovery training courses worldwide.

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