Upset Training Takes Hold in Europe

 - March 17, 2014, 10:15 AM
Preparing for flight with instructor Clarke “Otter” McNeace.

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.



J. Clarke McNeace

Vice President of Flight Training & Standards at Aviation Performance Solutions

It was certainly an honor for us at APS Europe to have AIN visit our facility for a day to participate in an evaluation of our UPRT programs. Ian Sheppard (AIN) listened to a couple of hours worth of academic overview and then willingly flew with me in the Slingsby aerobatic aircraft to experience an action-packed flight demonstration of the many "upsets" which is normally thrown at a client over 3 days. After Ian saw the life-saving techniques taught in the aircraft, Ian allowed us to show him how we use transfer-of-skill techniques to complete a client's life-saving skill sets from the Slingsby aircraft to the swept-wing jet. Even though Ian spent an entire day with us, he caught but just a glimpse of the tremendous benefit of a comprehensive integrated approach to UPRT which uses academics, on-aircraft training, and Level-D simulator training.

If you are a flight department decision-maker based in Europe, Africa, or the Middle East, please come visit us for a complimentary evaluation of our UPRT programs.

Note: Just for clarification of something mentioned in the AIN article, Bombardier Leading Edge was not responsible for negotiating lower premiums for APS UPRT graduates, that was a Swiss RE initiative. Bombardier Leading Edge, however, was responsible for recognizing that LOC-I was the number one cause of fatalities and selected APS as their exclusive provider to mitigate this threat. Swiss RE is also an industry leader recognizing the industry's need for comprehensive, standardized UPRT and is willing to "put their money where their mouth is!"

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