CAE and APS Emergency Maneuver Training announced the availability of an online computer-based training course designed to improve the ability of business jet pilots to recognize, avoid and, if necessary, recover from loss of control in-flight (LOC-I) flight situations.
The CAE-APS e-Learning course is based on U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recommendations contained in the Airplane Upset Recovery Training Aid (AURTA), Revision 2. The Air Line Pilots Association’s (ALPA) Human Factors and Training Group and the ALPA Training Council announced recently its support for “enhanced academic requirements … on approach to stall, impending stall, full stall and abnormal flight conditions,” including utilization of the AURTA “as a validated and appropriate guide for upset recovery training.”
“Aircraft upset is not a common occurrence and the overwhelming majority of flights proceed without incident thanks to modern aircraft technology and training,” said Lou Nemeth, CAE’s chief safety officer. “However, according to recent studies, loss of control in-flight remains a leading cause of accidents and incidents, and it is essential that professional pilots understand the aerodynamic principles and recommended recovery techniques that are similar for all large, swept-wing jet airplanes.”
LOC-I is defined as flight that occurs outside of the normal flight envelope with an inability of the pilot to control the aircraft. The CAE-APS e-Learning course uses real-world example animations, video, graphic diagrams and other techniques to address topics such as causes of airplane upsets (including environmentally induced upsets, systems anomaly-induced upsets and pilot-induced upsets), swept-wing aerodynamics, control surface fundamentals, high-altitude operations, recovery from airplane upsets, and upset recovery techniques for stall, nose-high, nose-low and high-bank angles.
“With a few dedicated hours of online study, pilots can gain potentially life-saving academic knowledge crucial to understanding unusual flight attitudes, prevention strategies and fundamental all-altitude recovery skills,” said Paul BJ Ransbury, president of APS Emergency Maneuver Training and a former airline and military fighter pilot. “Pilots who understand the conditions of an upset will be better prepared to make time-critical decisions to prevent, or immediately recover from, an airplane upset safely.”
In addition to threshold knowledge in upset recovery principles, the CAE-APS e-Learning course can help prepare professional pilots for scenario-based training in a full-flight simulator and real aircraft training in safe, aerobatic aircraft.