Randall Brooks

Proper Upset Training for Airline Pilot Cadets

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Randall Brooks, Vice President of Training and Business Development, Aviation Performance Solutions, LLC

Mr. Brooks currently provides Upset Prevention and Recovery Training for a broad range of military and civilian pilots. Randall has provided all-attitude/all-envelope flight instruction for over 25 years in over 40 types of jet, propeller, and glider aircraft. Mr. Brooks holds an Airline Transport Pilot Rating with over 13,000 hours of flight experience and type ratings in multiple jet and turboprop aircraft.Randall’s many past flight operations roles have included director of operations, director of training, production flight test, simulation flight test, marketing demonstration and display pilot, corporate pilot,and ten years as a member of formation aerobatic demonstration teams.Mr. Brooks holds a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado.


Proper Upset Prevention and Recovery Training for Ab Initio Airline Pilots

In 2014, with the creation of the FAA Airline Transport Pilot Certification Training Program (ATP-CTP), US authorities created a new form of training for professional pilots: Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT). In March of 2019 new regulations take effect for US airlines requiring UPRT for all Part 121 pilots. Thurs UPRT, which had previously only been a recommended best practice, has become a core requirement for all airline pilots in the US.

In addition, in 2014 ICAO changed their licensing recommendations to include UPRT in actual flight prior to Commercial licensing, adding UPRT to the classic pilot licensing track as they had previously for Multi-crew Pilot Licensing (MPL).

With the advent of ab initio training programs being established for Delta, United, American, JetBlue and other US and international airlines, a new question has arisen regarding what constitutes appropriate  and effective UPRT for ab initio airline cadets.

The presentation will explain the impact of these new regulatory requirements and internationally accepted best practices for UPRT delivery on the training of future pilots.