Miles Bailey, AVIAÂ Supply Chain
What is it, and why is it becoming mandatory?
The investigation of the 2009 Air France 447, and the analysis of the aircraft black box, revealed that the crew incorrectly responded to the autopilot disconnecting, which resulted in the aircraft going into an aerodynamic stall and subsequent impact.
Following the investigation, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) determined that pilots will be required to undergo specialist upset prevention and recovery training (UPRT) to help respond to unexpected situations, and to avoid loss of control in flight. This will cover both theoretical knowledge and practical, simulator-based scenarios.
Is it mandatory?
Yes. The regulation took effect in April of this year. This doesn’t mean that you have to have completed the training already – operators and crew have 12 months to comply.
What is required?
Training includes 1 ground school class, 1 simulator session and 3 hrs of remote e-learning. The remote learning can be done independently of the ground school and simulator training, but all modules must be completed in order to complete the course.
Can AVIAÂ help?
Yes, we can. Our preferred training partner, CAE offers an EASA & FAA compliant UPRT course. From January 2018 we will be asking all members if they would like to add this with any initial or recurrent training event.
Can I add it to my recurrent training?
Yes, you can. Please advise at point of booking if you would like to add UPRT training to your event.
But I only operate privately; do I still have to do it?
Yes, you do. It’s an EASA regulation affecting all operators of “complex motor powered airplanes.”
I only have an FAA license; do I have to do it as well?
Yes, you do; though the timelines are slightly different. Compliance is required by March 2019, and all training must be completed by March 2020. You may have a little more time, but it’s wise to ensure you are compliant ahead of time. Don’t leave it to the last minute!
I fly multiple types; do I have to do it for every type?
No. Once you have demonstrated compliance it is valid for all types.
How often do I have to do it?
Once the training has been completed it is valid for 3 years.