If an accident occurs, it’s most likely because the pilot lost control over his/her airplane. The accidents involving AirAsia flight 8501 in December 2014, Air France 447 in June 2009, Turkish Airlines 1751, Colgan Air 3407 in February 2009, and several others are examples.
Industry determined that existing practices can be both ineffective and sometimes even contribute to LOC-I accidents. During a sudden unexpected event, a pilot may apply the incorrect action, thereby making the situation worse.
It is vital that any training considers the interaction between the pilot and the airplane, and helps to ensure that this connection is maintained during all situations.
What is an Upset?
An airplane upset is an undesired aircraft state characterised by unintentional divergences from parameters normally experienced during operations. An airplane upset may involve pitch and/or bank angle divergences, or an aerodynamic stall. These can lead to Loss of Control. Hence, preventing and recovering from upsets is the goal of UPRT.
The most essential part of UPRT is the ‘P’, or ‘PREVENTION’. Our training focuses on raising awareness, the recognition of conditions that could lead to upsets, and then systematically training correct intervention techniques for the specific airplane.
Andy has the benefit of years of experience in the airline world plus many years running a training centre using a 737-800 simulator. Now concentrating on teaching the UPRT training and aerobatics courses, this enables the candidate to experience knowledge from both worlds. This is particularly important when looking at recovery techniques in a light aircraft versus the requirements that a future airline pilot will need when flying a jet, or turboprop aircraft. The course is run from Dunkeswell Aerodrome in Devon.
Dave is a former Royal Navy pilot and flying instructor, with long experience on the Sea Harrier, F/A-18 and on the display circuit, flying the classic aeroplanes of the RN Historic Flight and other warbirds.
Born and raised in Edinburgh, he came to flying early in life via an RN flying scholarship which resulted in him gaining his PPL at the Leicestershire Aero Club at age 18. Shortly after finishing school, he joined the Royal Navy and served over 20 years, flying as a fighter pilot and instructor on many different types and travelling all over the world on our three aircraft carriers, HMS Invincible, Illustrious and Ark Royal.
Following retirement form the Royal Navy, Dave became an airline pilot, flying as Captain on Airbus 319/320/321 aircraft for two major UK airlines. Company re-organisations then led him to move to a career in flying business jets where, for the past 14 years, he’s been busy as Captain, Training Captain and TRI on various Bizjets for Embraer, Bombardier and Gulfstream.
Recently Dave’s been spending more time on core flying training work as a freelance FI around the South West, and has recently joined our team as a UPRT instructor. He’s looking forward to working with you to broaden your skills and confidence in handling all types of aircraft in unfamiliar areas of the flight envelope.
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