Upset Prevention and Recovery Training for ATOs
Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/1974 has mandated that all professional flight training delivered after December 2019 must include an element of on-aircraft upset prevention and recovery training (UPRT). This has now been specified as the new FCL.745.A Advanced UPRT course.
The Ultimate High Academy participated in the Rule Making Group .0581 on UPRT and was also involved in drawing up the regulatory requirements.
1. Student On- Aircraft UPRT
On-aircraft UPRT is a very specialised form of flight training which requires appropriately qualified and experienced instructors, suitable fully aerobatic aircraft and an approved training syllabus that is fully compliant with all pertinent regulations. As the UK's leading UPRT provider, Ultimate High is perfectly placed to deliver this element of the training.
We offer ATOs the option of sending their professional flight students for UPRT at our home base of Goodwood, or can arrange to provide instructors and aircraft at their own base.
2. Introduction to UPRT for Commercial Instructors
Currently, there is no formal requirement for flying instructors who teach commercial flying ratings to have undergone a formal UPRT course. However, as the industry has increasingly become aware of the Loss of Control in Flight threat, then Best Practice will likely dictate that commercial FIs have experienced an FCL.745.A Advanced UPRT programme themselves.
Ultimate High can tailor UPRT programmes for commercial FIs but will normally recommend that the standard on-aircraft UPRT course be attended to ensure that a suitable level of expertise and experience is gained.
3. Train the Trainer - teaching Commercial Instructors how to become UPRT FIs
Under the new EASA UPRT requirements, flying instructors who deliver FCL.745.A On-Aircraft Advanced UPRT will be required to be formally qualified. Ultimate High delivers this demanding training programme to ensure that FIs have the knowledge and skills to safely teach students how to avoid, recognise and recover from flight upsets.
Viewed by many as the most challenging sector of professional flight instruction, FIs must be familiar, calm and comfortable with all attitudes inside and outside the normal flight envelope. A building block approach is essential in order to avoid negative transfer of training and to ensure that students progress at the correct rate.
EASA has mandated the minimum requirements that FIs should have prior to attending this course. In Ultimate High's view, this is very much a minimum and FIs will normally need to be able to fly aerobatics to a fairly high standard in order to have the minimum skills required to effectively and safely deliver on-aircraft UPRT. FIs wishing to carry out this training will normally be subject to a pre-course skills test to ensure their suitability.
The Train the on-Aircraft UPRT FI course is comprised of the following and will normally take 2 weeks (10 days):
Participate in The Ultimate High Academy's UPRT course as a student (3 days).
Knowledge of aggravated stall and spin modes - 3 flights in the Extra 300, to ensure that FIs are comfortable with avoiding and recovering from extreme flight upsets including flat and inverted spins (2 days).
Academic training (1 day)
On aircraft delivery of UPRT programme (4 days).