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The Use Of In-flight Upset Control Training  
User currently offlineKBUF From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 591 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3919 times:

Researchers at Calspan’s flight group don’t know what caused the Feb. 12 plane crash that killed 50 people in Clarence Center. But they do think they can help prevent other air catastrophes from happening.

For more than a decade, Calspan has run a training program for commercial pilots. The company takes pilots up in a specially equipped jet that simulates unexpected hazards — such as icing or sudden high turbulence.

Currently, very few airline pilots receive this type of in-flight training, according to Calspan.

But under a little-publicized proposal the Federal Aviation Administration issued in January, every commercial pilot in the United States could be required to receive this kind of training — known as upset control training — within the next five years.

“We don’t know what caused the 3407 crash. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating every aspect of the crash, and they will find that out,” said Louis H. Knotts, president of Calspan.

“But I can say unequivocally that, if every pilot is required to take upset recovery training, pilots will be better prepared to handle difficult situations, and air travel will be even safer than it is today.”

Icing, the use of an autopilot and pilot experience have been focal points of the federal investigation into what caused the crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407.

While several other companies offer such training in flight simulators on the ground, Calspan says it is the only private company that offers in-flight upset control training. Training is done in a Learjet equipped with a computer system that can simulate any type of aircraft and how it will respond to any kind of dangerous situation.

Like a high-tech version of a driver education teacher, a Calspan flight instructor sits next to the pilot who is in training. Any dangerous mistakes that the pilot makes are corrected by the instructor or the plane’s computer.

Calspan provides this training for Navy and Air Force test pilots, military pilots from several other countries, and many pilots who fly corporate jets. Some of that training is done in Western New York, in a specially designated area high above Lake Ontario.


Great article. It really does make you wonder how many incidents and accidents could've been avoided if such a method of training was the standard.

[Edited 2009-03-11 08:01:23]

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User currently offlineLowrider From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 3220 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3888 times:

Quoting KBUF (Thread starter):
Currently, very few airline pilots receive this type of in-flight training, according to Calspan.

Calspan needs to check his sources. Every airline I have worked at does this sort of training. Every type ride I have done involves demonstrating a recovery from at least two aircraft upsets. Could we do more? Yes, but the same could be said of all types of training. At some point you have to go fly and help generate revenue.

Quoting KBUF (Thread starter):
We don’t know what caused the 3407 crash.

Exactly, so linking the two is shameless self promotion and poor journalism.

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