Aircraft Upsets Making Headlines Over the course of 2014, there have been a number of Loss of Control In-flight (LOC-I) mishaps that have made the headlines.  In December, AirAsia 8501 (an A-320), resulted in the loss of 162 people.  To be …

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Airframe icing and its affect on an aircraft is a complex issue.  Icing adds weight to the aircraft and alters the characteristics of the airfoil.  To prevent or remove airfoil icing, anti-ice and de-ice systems are employed.  These systems, however, …

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  With more and more aircraft entering the market with advanced technology in the cockpit, it would seem that many of the causes of accidents would be mitigated or eliminated.  Even the venerable Cessna 172, with the Garmin G-1000 package, has …

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We found an article in Flying Magazines online version (see the original here) discussing a recent FAA safety alert.  The FAA is concerned that pilots are relying too much on automation, and not retaining proficiency in “hand flying skills”.  The article …

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Graduated Approach to Upset Prevention and Recovery Training

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ICATEE Upset Prevention / Recovery Training (UPRT) vision of graduated approach includes academics, sims, and on-aircraft training in aerobatic platforms.

 

Evolving Upset Prevention and Recovery Training guidelines

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Our thoughts on this resource: We found this article on deficiencies in Upset Prevention and Recovery Training to be very informative.  The authors, Paul “BJ” Ransbury and Dr. Janeen Kochan, identify 7 key deficiencies in current Upset Prevention and Recovery …

 

New Pilot Certification and Qualification Requirements

HR 5900 Since Congress became involved in determining pilot qualifications (fall out of the Colgan Air accident), several Aviation Rulemaking Committees (ARC) have been working to finalize new requirements.  A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) was expected to come out …

 

AP IMPACT: Automation in the air dulls pilot skill

Automation prompts safety officials’ concern about pilots’ skills Airplanes are become increasingly automated, leading some safety officials to raise concerns that pilots might be losing their in-flight instincts, which could be troublesome when faced with an issue. Rory Kay, co-chairman …

 

Experts Urge “Sweeping” Changes in Pilot Training

Training for airline pilots should utilize more-realistic simulators and focus more on manual flying skills, according to a new report by a panel of experts, The Wall Street Journal reported this week. The 54-page report, which was requested by Congress, …

 

Instructor Standards: Cornerstone of Loss of Control Upsets

Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) is an unique and unprecedented challenge for the flight instructor pilot due the counter-intuitive aspects of prevention and recovery mitigation strategies. UPRT is often an individualized training process due to both it’s inherent technical …