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Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) – General Information

Upset Recovery and Prevention is a critical skill for all pilots, particularly those involved in aerobatic and other high-performance flying. An aircraft upset is a loss of control that can occur when the aircraft exceeds its limits of stability or control and can be caused by a range of factors, from unexpected turbulence to pilot error. Without proper training and techniques, an aircraft upset can quickly lead to a dangerous situation and even result in loss of life. This article will provide an overview of Upset Recovery and Prevention, including the different types of upsets, recovery techniques, and prevention strategies that all acrobatic pilots should be familiar with.

Upset Recovery Training Course

During your Upset Recovery flight training, you will have the opportunity to perform stalls, spins, and recovery from accidental upsets and unusual attitudes that could be caused by wake turbulence. 

The Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT) course is two flights, or one long flight if desired.  For more information about cost, pricing and duration, please click the button below to be taken to the course information.


Understand Aircraft Upsets

To understand how to prevent and recover from aircraft upsets, it is important to first have a clear understanding of what an upset is and how it differs from other flight conditions. An aircraft upset occurs when the plane is no longer flying in a controlled and stable manner, and can manifest in a variety of ways, including unexpected bank angles, altitude loss, and yaw or roll movements. It is important to note that an upset is not the same as a stall or spin, as it can occur at any speed and in any attitude. By understanding the different types of upsets and the aerodynamics that contribute to them, pilots can better prepare themselves to recognize and respond to these situations in a timely and effective manner.

Upset Recovery Overview

When an aircraft upset occurs, pilots must act quickly and decisively to regain control of the plane. There are several different techniques and procedures that pilots can use to recover from an upset, depending on the type and severity of the situation. Some of the key recovery techniques include:

  1. Use the primary flight controls: In most cases, using the primary flight controls (elevator, ailerons, and rudder) is the most effective way to recover from an upset. Pilots should focus on reducing angle of attack (AOA) by lowering the nose of the plane and reducing airspeed, while also correcting any bank or yaw movements.
  2. Power management: Depending on the situation, adjusting the aircraft’s power settings may be necessary to help recover from an upset. For example, reducing power during a pitch-up upset can help reduce AOA and prevent a stall, while adding power during a pitch-down upset can help
increase lift and prevent an impact with the ground.
  3. Stall recovery: In some cases, an upset may be caused by a stall or impending stall. In these situations, pilots must quickly recognize the stall and take immediate action to recover. This may involve lowering the nose of the aircraft, adding power, and reducing angle of attack.
  4. Unusual attitude recovery: An unusual attitude is any flight condition where the aircraft is not in level flight, and can occur as a result of an upset or other unexpected situation. Pilots must be able to recognize and recover from unusual attitudes quickly and safely, using a combination of flight control inputs and power adjustments.

It is important to note that the effectiveness of each technique will depend on the specific situation and the aircraft being flown. Pilots should be familiar with a range of recovery techniques and practice them regularly to ensure they are prepared for any situation that may arise.

In addition to recovery techniques, it is important for pilots to remain calm and focused during an upset, and to communicate effectively with any passengers or crew on board. Pilots should also be aware of the potential risks associated with delaying recovery, such as loss of control, structural damage, or even loss of life.

Training and practice are key to developing and maintaining proficiency in Upset Recovery and Prevention. Pilots should seek out high-quality training programs that offer both classroom and hands-on experience, including simulation and real-life scenarios. By honing their skills in Upset Recovery and Prevention, pilots can help ensure a safe and successful flight, even in the most challenging conditions.

Upset Prevention

Preventing an aircraft upset is critical for ensuring safe and successful flights. Pilots can minimize the risk of an upset by engaging in proper pre-flight planning, maintaining situational awareness, and communicating effectively with passengers and crew. It’s also important to be thoroughly familiar with the aircraft being flown, and to stay up-to-date with the latest techniques and safety procedures through ongoing training and education. By implementing these prevention strategies, pilots can reduce the likelihood of an upset occurring and improve overall flight safety. However, it’s essential to remember that even the most experienced pilots can experience an upset, and proper training in Upset Recovery and Prevention remains essential for all pilots.

Upset Recover Training Course

We will fly a fully aerobatic Decathlon, tailwheel, tandem seating, stick control aircraft. Your training will include ground instruction on the maneuvers we will perform, safety procedures, recognition and avoidance of upsets, stalls, and spins. We will perform stalls, spins and recovery from accidental upsets and unusual attitudes that could be caused by, for example, wake turbulence.

UPRT Course Cost

Cost is $749 and includes two flights (or one long one if desired) in our fully aerobatic Decathlon 8KCAB.

A $250 deposit confirms your position on the training schedule. The balance is due ten days prior to the start of your program. Payments are not refundable but can be used for rescheduling within 6 months. We accept cash, checks, Venmo, MasterCard and Visa.

Bundle and Save:  If you bundle two or more packages, you will receive a discount.

Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT)

The Upset recovery training includes but is not limited to:

  • Understanding your position relative to the horizon.  
  • Learn the acronym of LURR  (Look, Unload, Roll, Recover.)
  • Recovery from extreme unusual attitudes.
  • Advanced understanding of stalls, spins and recovery resulting from upset.
  • Recovery from simulated wake turbulence
  • Recovery from simulated mountain roll (in actual mountains.)
  • Understanding the limitations of other non-aerobatic aircraft when recovering from upset.
  • Understanding power management and the use of primary flight controls in upset recovery.

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