As part of professional and private pilot training, pilots generally learn to safely control an aircraft within a wide operating range. To date, the authorities have not required training in flight conditions that may occur in the border area. However, this training is an important prerequisite for pilots to be able to safely and quickly return an aircraft to a normal and safe flight path from these flight conditions. This new training is known as “Upset Prevention and Recovery Training” (UPRT) and has been mandatory in the training of commercial and airline pilots since December 20, 2019. However, EASA has also made concrete proposals for the introduction of this training content in LAPL and PPL training. This should enable pilots to safely control the aircraft in the future, even in the event of unexpected incidents that might lead to a loss of control without this training.
Thanks to its many years of experience in training pilots, Westflug is a predestined partner for carrying out this training. Although UPRT has nothing in common with classic aerobatics, it makes sense to use a thoroughbred aerobatic aircraft. This allows upset maneuvers to be trained in such a way that there is no need to worry about operating the aircraft beyond its limits in the event of pilot error. Westflug guarantees its customers to be in the hands of well-trained, experienced and professional pilots. Every instructor used in the Upset Recovery Training has extensive experience and this makes Westflug an ideal training provider.
Because safety is paramount, we only use the German-built Extra-330LX for the UPRT, which is a perfect training platform for all training programs. The Extra is certified to +/- 10 G, all maneuvers may be flown, it has a climb rate of more than 3200 feet per minute and is therefore one of the safest aircraft in the sky.
During the course, the performance and special features of the specific aircraft of the course participants are addressed. Despite the superior performance and capabilities of the Extras, all maneuvers are taught in such a way that each student is able to master recovery techniques within the performance envelope of their specific aircraft.
The Advanced UPRT course is a combination of 5 hours of classroom instruction and 3 hours of flight training with the aim of equipping flight crews with the necessary skills to avoid unusual flight situations and, should they occur, to fly aircraft out of them. Each flight lasts approx. 45 minutes. Of course, there will be a comprehensive pre- and post-treatment discussion. Videos with different camera angles help to improve the student’s skills in the debriefing and are also a great reminder of this interesting course.