This course is limited to US citizens working for US organization or to organizations with approved Technical Assistance Agreements (TAA).

Course Learning Outcomes

Anticipated Course Learning Outcomes

a. Be familiar with:

  • Basic aerodynamics typically applicable to airplane upsets in transport category airplanes, including case studies of incidents involving potential or actual upsets.
  • Aerodynamics relevant to the airplane and exercises used in the practical training.
  • Possible physiological and psychological effects of an upset, including surprise and startle effect.
  • Strategies to develop resilience and mitigate startle effect.
  • Memorizing the appropriate procedures and techniques for upset recovery.

b. Understand:

  • How to cope with the physiological and psychological aspects of dynamic upsets in airplanes.
  • The appropriate recovery techniques and strategies and develop the necessary competence and resilience to be able to apply them.

c. Know:

  • Strategies to mitigate psychological and physical effects associated with upsets.
  • How to recognise upsets.
  • How to apply correct recovery techniques from specified upset scenarios.

Topics to be Covered

  • Introduction Aerodynamics and Limits
  • Propulsion Stability
  • Energy Management and Lift Vector Control Basic Maneuver Toolbox
  • Recovery Techniques Human Factors
  • Environmental and Mechanical Case Studies
  • Wrap-Up

Specific Course Information

a. Course Content:

The Upset Prevention and Recovery Training course trains pilots how to recognize, what to expect, and how to recover from upset conditions. It is ideal for those seeking the best in UPRT training and is suited for first-time trainees and those already comfortable with all-attitude flying. The course was developed and has evolved over the years to include application of industry standards and apply current upset prevention and recovery emphasis items. Course length is 3 to 4 days, depending on the pilot’s training needs, and can be flown in jet aircraft or turboprop aircraft.

The course begins with lectures in advanced aerodynamics and aircraft performance related to aircraft loss of control throughout the full flight envelope. Afterwards, the certification criteria related to our universal method of upset recovery and the method of upset recovery are discussed. The academic part is followed by flight training.

Flight training will include three 1-hour sorties: one Heavy Aircraft UPRT sortie followed by two sorties in an aerobatic-certified aircraft. Pilots will choose to train in Jet aircraft or Turboprop Aircraft for these sorties. An additional day may also be inserted for a fourth flight, Introduction to UPRT, which is flown in an aerobatic piston aircraft. This is a good option for those new to all-attitude flying.

The UPRT courses are developed in accordance with:

  • ICAO Annex 1 & 6: Standards for Upset Recovery Training & Certification;
  • FAA AC 120-111 Upset Recovery Training Requirements;
  • EASA Requirements established in EASA FCL 745A.

This UPRT course is in compliance with EASA FCL.745.A (EASA.ATO.0027)

b. Academic Lecture Hours are shown in the following table, in the sequence typically scheduled. Course coordinators have latitude to vary the sequence if required.


Academic Subjects Hrs
Introduction 0.5
Aerodynamics and Limits 1.0
Propulsion 1.0
Stability 1.0
Energy Management and Lift Vector Control 0.5
Basic Maneuver Toolbox 0.5
Recovery Techniques 0.5
Human Factors 0.5
Environmental and Mechanical 0.5
Case Studies 1.0
Wrap-Up 0.5
Total: 7.5

c. Instructional Laboratory Hours



Egress Training


Cockpit Familiarization – Jet only (Back Seat)


Cockpit Familiarization (Front Seat)




d. Reports and Exams

Reports and Exams #
None 0.0
Total: 0.0

e. Flying Hours

Flights Pilot
Heavy Aircraft UPRT (Jet or Turboprop) 1.0
UPRT Introduction (Optional) (1.0)
UPRT Advanced Handling (Jet or Turboprop) 1.0
UPRT Advanced Upset (Jet or Turboprop) 1.0
Total: 3.0 (4.0)

Process of Evaluation

In accordance with EASA FCL.745. Advanced UPRT course – aeroplanes, the course is considered to have been satisfactorily completed if the trainee is able to successfully:

  • Apply strategies to mitigate psychological and physical effects;
  • Recognize upsets;
  • Apply correct recovery techniques from specified upset scenarios.

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