International Development of Technology (IDT) and Starr Consulting Services have signed an agreement for the exclusive provision of specialised safety-related aviation training services, including Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT) and Final Approach Standardisation Training (FAST).

Led by Dr. Sunjoo Advani, IDT (Breda, The Netherlands) provides type-specific UPRT training to airline operators aspiring to meet regulatory mandates, as well as enhancing the related competencies of their pilots. IDT also supports authorities on the implementation of UPRT into their rulemaking.

Dr. Advani  founded the International Committee for Aviation Training in Extended Envelopes (ICATEE) in 2009, which defined the requirements for UPRT. These are embodied in ICAO Manual 10011. IDT served EASA as a core member of the FCL committee under Rule Making Task .0581 & .0582 on UPRT implementation.

IDT’s FAST has recently been developed to manage landing-related threats and reduce incidents related to unstable approaches, hard landings, bounced landings, runway excursions, etc.

Both UPRT and FAST include instructor training, academics for pilots, and dedicated simulator programs.

Starr Insurance Companies are a leading insurance and investment organization, and underwrite several of the world’s major airlines, airports and business aviation operators. Starr also provides commercial property and casualty insurance, including travel and accident coverage to   businesses and industries around the world.

“Airlines seek training that is above the minimum regulatory level. Our packages and method of delivery   ensure that pilots gain and maintain confidence to deal with unexpected challenges in-flight”, said Dr. Advani, president of IDT.

“We are confident that the integration of IDT’s services into Starr’s portfolio will lead to reduced operational risks to airlines implementing these training programs”, according to Mr. Matt Williams, Head of Starr Consulting Services.

IDT clients include several major airlines, training providers, national aviation authorities, as well as simulator manufacturers Avion, MPS and FlightSafety International. The company has also served CopterSafety, NASA Ames, and the Simona Research Simulator at TU Delft.