FlightSafety International and Flight Research have partnered to provide upset recognition and recovery training, the companies announced yesterday. The program fuses FlightSafety’s type-specific simulator training with Flight Research’s in-aircraft instruction, with the aim to reduce loss of control in flight (LOC-I) accidents.
According to FlightSafety, the in-aircraft portion allows pilots to experience in-flight upset with real gravitational forces, vestibular excitation, and mental stress. Meanwhile, FSI’s simulation programs replicate scenarios that can’t be safely accomplished in an aircraft such as low-level stalls. “Using technology and the aircraft provides the most thorough training possible against loss of in-flight control, the single greatest cause of fatal aviation accidents for more than a decade,” FlightSafety said.
FSI president and CEO Brad Thress noted that the two companies share a “mutual safety obsession…so working with [Flight Research] to develop this enhanced upset recovery training makes perfect sense.” Mojave, California-based Flight Research uses Sabreliners, Aermacchi MB-326 Impalas, and Slingsby T-67 Fireflys for its jet upset prevention and recovery training program.