Three-day UPRT course is aimed at commercial pilots to improve flight safety

Skyborne Airline Academy is launching Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) to provide pilots with the skills they need to anticipate, avoid and recover upsets during flight.

Skyborne is adopting an evidence-based approach to UPRT, using deep dive analysis of previous airline accidents and incidents involving loss of control in-flight (LOC-I), to deliver training for commercial airline pilots. The UK CAA-approved three day course has been created in conjunction with industry experts Andrew Bray and David Simmonds and is available through Skyborne’s EASA Integrated and Modular ATPL programmes and as a standalone course.

Loss of control in-flight most frequent and fatal type of accident

Lee Woodward, Chief Executive Officer, Skyborne, said: “Loss of control in-flight is the most frequent and fatal type of accident in general aviation and by December 2019, EASA has decreed that UPRT training will become mandatory for those undertaking commercial pilot training.”

“At Skyborne we are committed to delivering the highest standards, so we have optimised our UPRT course to make it fully tailored for the needs of today’s airline pilots. With this training they will develop a foundation of crucial safety skills that will flow progressively across their future career.”

Pilots at Skyborne’s Gloucestershire Airport HQ will complete one full day of UPRT theoretical knowledge training and three flight sessions in Skyborne’s Slingsby T67 Firefly; an industry recognised aircraft, known for its forgiving airframe for both positive and negative G-forces.

Andrew Bray, course theory instructor and Skyborne consultant, said: “Avoiding LOC-I incidents through UPRT will inevitably save lives. Skyborne’s UPRT course uses the latest thinking in the industry to build confidence and capability in future airline pilots, equipping them with strategies to prevent aircraft upset.”

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