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Fully-Recognized UPRT Program

Leading the industry

Multiple government agencies and rulemaking bodies give their seal of approval to APS’s UPRT program, recognizing the exceptional value of the training in addition to the depth and quality provided by the APS Master CFI team to improve safety across aviation.

Who Recognizes Aps?


APS operates many FAA Part 141 programs. These programs are overseen and signed off by the FAA to ensure the highest standards in training curricula, instructor qualification, aircraft capabilities, training facilities, and maintenance facilities.

Additionally, all APS instructors are required to receive their Master Instructor Master CFI-Aerobatic (MCFI-A) designation within one year of hire. Master Instructor is a national accreditation recognized by the FAA. The MCFI-A designation is one of the most elite pilot recognitions available. With more than 101,000 flight instructors in the U.S., fewer than 50 have received MCFI-A worldwide. APS currently employs the largest number of MCFI-A pilots in the world.


APS is an International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO)-registered UPRT provider. Not only is APS the first IS-BAO-registered provider, but also the first IS-BAO-registered FAA Part 141 Flight School. APS achieves IS-BAO Stage II at all U.S. operating locations.

An industry standard built for operators by operators through the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), IS-BAO is a recommended code of best practices designed to help flight departments worldwide achieve high levels of safety and professionalism. Both the FAA and Transport Canada recognize IS-BAO as meeting the ICAO standard. The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) also recognizes IS-BAO as an industry standard for business aircraft operations.


In addition to meeting the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards as an IS-BAO-registered provider, APS also contributes to increasing safety through sharing and recommending best practices in UPRT to ICAO. APS leadership joined the International Committee for Aviation Training in Extended Envelopes (ICATEE). Serving in training development leadership roles, APS team members help ICATEE and its elite team of industry experts shape UPRT recommendations to ICAO, the FAA, and other national aviation authorities. One culmination of this work is the ICAO Manual on Aeroplane Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (ICAO Doc: 10011), generally referred to as the ICAO UPRT Manual.

Industry Uprt Leadership

APS participates in multiple organizations, lending its leadership on tried and true skills, practices, and insight for preventing Loss of Control In-Flight (LOC-I).


APS President Paul BJ Ransbury sits on the NBAA Safety Committee, leading the Loss of Control In-Flight (LOC-I) Working Group. LOC-I is the #1 Top Safety Focus area of the committee, called out on both the FAA and NTSB Most Wanted list for safety.

UPRT Leadership – UPRTA

APS Vice President of Training and Business Development Randy Brooks and APS Vice President of Instructor and Training Quality Assurance Clarke McNeace are founders of the Upset Prevention and Recovery Training Association (UPRTA). Brooks served as its first president.

UPRTA’s mission is to promote industry-wide adherence to principles of enhanced upset/stall prevention and recovery training instructional practices and programs in commercial aviation training internationally. With a focus to reduce LOC-I, UPRTA is a resource to training managers, air carriers, and regulatory agencies developing and ensuring high-quality industry-approved standardized upset recovery training.


APS awards one UPRT Professional Pilot Training Course, a $4,300 value, every year to a pilot currently in training or at the beginning of their professional pilot career.

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