Upset Training Takes Hold in Europe
The upset prevention and recovery training (UPRT) provided by Aviation Performance Solutions (APS) has played a key part in countering loss of control in flight (LOC-I), now the most significant cause of transport-category aircraft accidents. APS recently launched an ambitious plan to take its UPRT expertise to airlines and business aviation operators around the world, as well as to military air wings, as professional pilot manual-flying skills move increasingly center-stage. APS is the exclusive provider in Bombardier’s Leading Edge program, which can lower premiums for graduates at a growing list of insurers.
Clarke McNeace, APS vice president of flight training and standards, told AIN about recent contracts that would see APS training instructors arrive from CAE’s Oxford Aviation Academy, EasyJet cadets and South African Airways pilots. Last month in the Netherlands, McNeace also demonstrated to this AIN reporter how recovery techniques taught and practiced in a light aircraft and reinforced in an advanced simulator could raise situational awareness and the ability to recover a 737 or similar aircraft. The aircraft trainer flown from Breda International Airport was a Slingsby T-67 Firefly single-engine piston trainer, while the simulator was a Boeing 737-800 at CAE’s Amsterdam Schiphol Airport facility.
In the U.S., APS operates from its base at Mesa Gateway Airport base, as well as in Dallas, while in Europe APS is based at Breda International Airport, located between Amsterdam and Brussels. A full report on AIN’s visit to APS Europe will appear in a future issue of AIN.