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Flight Research Holds Free Loss of Control Seminars at NBAA Convention

 - October 21, 2013, 2:00 AM
Flight Research of Mojave, Calif., teaches upset recognition and recovery in Sabre 60s as well as single-engine Aermacchi MB-326 Impalas.

Flight Research (Booth No. N515) is holding a one-hour seminar free to NBAA convention attendees who are interested in learning more about how to prevent loss-of-control accidents. The seminar, entitled “Loss of Control Preparation & Prevention–Danger in the Training Gap,” will be offered today and tomorrow at Palmer Room One at the Wynn Hotel. For reservations, call Flight Research at (661) 824-4136.

Flight Research says it is the only upset training company that uses a business jet for real-life training. The company is based at the Mojave Air and Space Port near Edwards Air Force Base in southern California, and it offers two- and three-day upset recognition and recovery courses using both Sabre 60 business jets and single-engine Aermacchi MB-326 Impalas.

Upset recognition and recovery training is gaining renewed attention due to the relatively high number of loss-of-control accidents that have occurred, especially in airline operations where pilots either caused the upset or exacerbated a problem that led to the upset. This highlights the need, according to Flight Research, “to fill a critical gap between simulator-based scenario training and hands-on inflight training using actual jet aircraft.”

“Loss of control accidents can be significantly reduced with proper hands-on training,” said Flight Research CEO Bill Korner. “Unfortunately, an unsettling large number of business aviation pilots today have never been in a fully developed stall or upset condition in the category and type of aircraft they’re flying. We fully believe aerodynamic upsets are something every pilot carrying passengers should understand, experience and learn to successfully recover from.”

While simulators can be useful for training commercial pilots, he explained, “they cannot and should not be a substitute for experiencing upset attitudes and fully developed stalls in an actual business jet–and learning to properly recognize and recover from them.”

As part of its efforts to help prevent loss-of-control accidents, Flight Research is developing new standards for stall training by working with the FAA and other organizations