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Aviation Performance Solutions (APS) has focused on addressing aviation safety issues associated with Loss of Control In-flight (LOC-I), the #1 cause of aviation-related fatalities, for more than three decades. During that time, we have developed a long-standing trust in the global aviation community as an organization that unfailingly supports the safety needs, expectations, and challenges faced by manufacturers, government agencies, airlines, flight departments, regulators, flight schools, and industry safety organizations.

Preventing LOC-I related accidents through Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) is our passion. Our programs are built on decades of experience, research and testing as we have worked with major regulatory agencies and top industry leaders to ensure that our training is standardized according to proven best practices that achieve excellent results while maximizing training safety and value. Our commitment to excellence, safety and customer satisfaction is the reason we are trusted by corporations large and small, military and government agencies, global airlines and major US air carriers.

 

The APS Vision

Purpose

We help pilots bring everyone home safely.

Mission

Provide life-saving upset training to 50,000 pilots annually by 2021 within an inspiring culture.

Brand Promise

Every Pilot Trained – In Control – All the Time

Core Values

At APS, our core values drive our purpose, our business practices, and everything we do. We are more than a company. We are a team of individuals united in our purpose to help bring pilots, and all who fly with them, home safely. Our shared values guide our actions and decisions, ensuring we move together toward our goals and vision. These values are not only what we stand for, they represent who we are and how we execute our APS Vision.

APS History

1996

APS president forms an advanced flight instruction company focused on closing gaps in general training.

2000

Company expands to Williams Gateway Airport (now the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport—KIWA).

2005

Aviation Performance Solutions LLC (APS) founded to advance modern Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT).

2006

APS completely overhauls its training methods, practices, and techniques in preparation for its next level of evolution: becoming an integrated multi-domain/sector training provider.

2008

APS expands its piston airplane-based training foundation with web-based instructional methods and the integration of advanced simulation.

2009

The APS president joins the Royal Aeronautical Society’s 5-year ground breaking global harmonization of UPRT through the International Committee for Aviation Training in Extended Envelopes (ICATEE).

2012

APS Europe opens at the Breda International Airport in The Netherlands.

2013

APS Texas opens in Arlington Municipal Airport.

APS becomes the first IS-BAO registered Part 141 Flight School in the USA and the first IS-BAO registered UPRT provider in the world.

2014

APS establishes a licensed location in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to support the implementation of UPRT on a third continent.

APS announces the integration of the A-4 Skyhawk into its menu of UPRT.

2015

APS becomes the go-to UPRT train-the-trainer provider for airlines around the world, establishing strong training relationships with more than a dozen air carriers in both hemispheres as their training provider and consultant on delivering ICAO UPRT Manual instruction.

APS President joins NBAA Safety Committee to lead LOC-I Working Group.

2016

APS acquires two high performance, high-altitude sweptwing all-attitude jet training platforms, the SIAI-Marchetti S211 and the Dornier Alpha Jet.

2017

APS opens its first military UPRT location in Dothan, Alabama, in partnership with CAE USA (the military division of CAE, Inc.).

APS announces full-service airline type-specific UPRT solutions for Airbus A320 / A330 / A340 and Boeing 737 / 747 / 757 / 767 / 777 / 787 platforms.

APS achieves IS-BAO Stage II at all US operating locations.

2018

APS contracts with its second major U.S. legacy air carrier to provide APS-proprietary UPRT nationwide.

APS achieved its 2020 mission of training 25,000 pilots annually in life-saving APS upset training methodologies two years ahead of schedule at the end of FY2018.

new aps facility
2019

APS announces development plans for a new 25,000-sq-ft headquarters facility at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport on its 4.5-acre premium lot at the north end of the airfield, slated to open in late 2019.

Paul "BJ" Ransbury
Paul ‘BJ’ Ransbury
President & CEO

A message from
our founder

Throughout my career as a professional pilot, I’ve had the opportunity to experience many facets of the aviation industry. My formative years as a military fighter pilot led to the airlines where my inspiration to passionately address the improvement of air safety took hold. As an airline pilot, I gained a deep and respectful understanding of the exceptional and highly effective safety practices of commercial air travel – the world’s most modern and advanced mode of transportation. However, the same experience equally revealed the critical need for professional pilots to expand their capabilities beyond the traditional commercial licensing skill set. This ‘skill set expansion’ has demonstrated itself to be a critical first step towards increasing every pilot’s competency to effectively address aviation’s most lethal and pervasive threat—Loss of Control In-flight (LOC-I).

In the beginning, in large part due to my military background, I was skeptical that training to overcome LOC-I for the typical civilian pilot was even necessary. Military flight training and operational NATO fighter operations prepare pilots much differently for the LOC-I environment. The military focus on developing a pilot’s ability to perform effectively – both psychologically and physiologically – in threatening environments, produces a different result. Not better, not worse – just different. It was my first experiences in the late 1990s while training civilian production and test pilots from a well-known airplane manufacturer where those differences were revealed that convinced me, forevermore, of the dire need for Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT). The differences were not personal or individual, they are a function of effective, intense, focused, transferable training. Known back then in its foundational stages as emergency maneuver, stall-spin, unusual attitude or advanced maneuvers training, this UPRT-like instruction was primarily designed for general aviation pilots flying light single-engine and multi-engine piston airplanes. In late 2005, with the establishment of Aviation Performance Solutions (APS), we had the opportunity to evolve these valuable training practices into powerful solutions for high performance, multi-engine jet pilots. Our advanced proprietary APS methods were – and are – an evolutionary leap forward for UPRT. The responses from our customers were overwhelmingly positive and the powerful enhancements to their skills were clear and lasting. We soon integrated technology-based learning tools, advanced simulators, and high-performance all-attitude jets into our training programs that further served the diverse needs of professional pilots.

The long-term effectiveness of the APS series of UPRT services to maximize air safety is unprecedented, yet we dedicate ourselves to being sensitive to the needs and feedback of each one of our customers. Over the course of three decades, training thousands of professional pilots flying all types of airplanes in a wide diversity of conditions, I’m proud to say APS addresses the needs of pilots in all sectors of aviation in a customized manner that unquestionably and markedly improves safety. I’m empowered each and every day knowing the skill enhancements achieved by our graduates can, and do, save lives and dramatically reduce their personal risk of LOC-I.

I am honored to be surrounded by the APS team of passionate, friendly, professional and dedicated experts. It is a privilege to go out into the aviation community and stand on the shoulders of these true and undisputed giants – the men and women at each APS location around the world on the front lines that deliver first class service to our valued customers each and every day.

Aps Advisory Board

We are honored and privileged to have a powerful team of advisers to help shape and guide the global expansion of Aviation Performance Solutions. Each adviser is genuinely and passionately dedicated to improving air safety worldwide through the systematic reduction of LOC-I.

APS board

Marc Delude

APS Advisory Board Member and Cessna Mustang Owner/Operator

Marc Dulude retired as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Rand Worldwide in November of 2014 after having served in that role since 2007 and where he also served as Chairman of the company. Rand Worldwide is a public company focused in the areas of CAD/CAM/CAE/PLM/BIM.

From 2002 to 2010 Marc was a General Partner at Ampersand Capital Partners. During his eight years with the firm, Ampersand was a stage independent private equity firm that invested primarily in the industrial and healthcare markets. Prior to Ampersand, Marc was the President and CEO of Moldflow, the world’s leading developer of software solutions that enhanced the design, analysis, and manufacture of injection molded plastic parts, a role he held from 1996 until 2002. Marc was the central figure in Moldflow’s Initial Public Offering (IPO) of stock on the NASDAQ market, an offering that was ranked in most every list of top IPO’s of the year 2000.

Before moving to Moldflow, Marc was the Senior Vice President of Marketing for Parametric Technology Corporation (NASDAQ: PMTC), where he had overall responsibility for product line management of PTC’s products as well as the creation and dissemination of the supporting marketing materials and PTC’s marketing activities.

Marc has a B.Eng. and an M.Eng. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Carleton University in Canada. Marc Dulude has served on the boards of numerous companies around the world including private and public companies.

APS board

Sylvain Allard

APS Advisory Board Member and Citation CJ3 Owner/Operator

Sylvain has worked in the helicopter industry for 32 years. In May, 1979, Sylvain graduated from the Aeronautical Program of Chicoutimi College in Quebec, Canada and completed his master’s degree in Business Administration at Concordia University in May, 1994. He was employed with CHC Helicopter Corp. for twenty-eight years before retirement. During his career at CHC, he served as Director, CEO and President of CHC Helicopter Corp. for twelve years. As President and CEO, First Reserve Corporation acquired CHC Helicopter Corporation for $3.7 billion in the largest-ever oilfield services buyout.
Sylvain Allard initially joined the company in 1982 as a helicopter pilot. Over the years, he became a chief pilot and moved through various management positions within the company’s divisions. Sylvain helped the company to facilitate the successful acquisition and consolidation of HSG Group and Schreiner Aviation, leading CHC Helicopter Corp. into being the world’s largest provider of helicopter services to the global offshore oil and gas industry with aircraft operating in more than 30 countries. He was appointed President of the company in 1998 and served as Director from November, 2004 until his retirement in 2010. Sylvain Allard is still serving as a Director on the CHC Board.

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