"All-Attitude" Recovery Technique Promoted

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APS Emergency Maneuver Training, an Arizona upset recovery training school, says it has developed a single set of in-flight procedures to recover from virtually any uncontrolled flight attitude, outside of a fully developed spin. Called the All-Attitude Upset Recovery Technique, the deceptively simple protocol is aimed at reinforcing the correct, and usually counterintuitive, actions to take when the airplane is doing something that neither the pilot nor manufacturer intended. APS President Paul “B.J.” Ransbury, in a letter to customers, said that while there are numerous factors affecting the successful recovery from those life-changing moments, a decade of experience teaching those skills has shown him and his instructors that there are also some basic similarities. What’s more, he said, the resulting technique works in everything from light singles to heavy transports. “The All-Attitude Upset Recovery Technique Checklist is a logical single-procedure checklist that, when combined with proper knowledge and skill, effectively deals with a wide variety of stalls, upsets, wake turbulence encounters and unusual attitudes encountered in fixed-wing aircraft,” Ransbury said. The program takes two days, including six hours of class time and three flights to teach a pilot to memorize just five words (push, power, rudder, roll and climb) and when to express them through control inputs. But since at least some of them are exactly the opposite to what a pilot’s highly charged senses are telling him to do in these awkward circumstances, it takes time to ingrain the training. “The key to being properly prepared to deal with an aircraft upset is no different than any other specialized flying skill: study, instruction, understanding, integration, application, error analysis and practice, practice, practice,” Ransbury said. It also may be just a little fun. All flights are in an Extra 300, a popular aerobatic aircraft used by Patty Wagstaff and other air show performers.