17 September 2014
Location: International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) – Bangkok, Thailand
The Asia-Pacific Regional Aviation Safety Team (APRAST) was given a 1/2-day seminar by Aviation Performance Solutions (APS) on industry advances in airplane Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT). The seminar included sessions on; a) the impact of the new ICAO Manual on Aeroplane Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (ICAO UPRT Manual) to Approved Training Organizations (ATOs); b) Implementation of UPRT for Airlines; c) the critical importance of ‘Prevention’ in UPRT; d) global recommendations on UPRT instructor pilot qualifications; e) the gold standard in on-airplane UPRT; and f) flight simulator enhanced envelope advances and simulator instructor operating station tools.
APRAST Upset Training Seminar
Joining APS President, Paul BJ Ransbury (who hosted the seminar and delivered three of the presentations) on site in Bangkok, were Dr. Sunjoo Advani – Chairman of International Committee for Training in Extended Envelopes (ICATEE.org) via remote video, Capt. Clarke McNeace – VP Global Training Integration & Standards for the Upset Prevention and Recovery Training Association (UPRTA.org) via remote video, and Dr. Stephen Clement – CAE Director Regulatory Affairs and Global Safety. These presentations were provided to APRAST for their experts to formulate research, development and implementation recommendations to the Regional Aviation Safety Group (RASG) for the Asia Pacific (APAC) region.
The APAC Office located in Bangkok is accredited to 38 contracting States, and maintains liaison with 1 Non-Contracting State, two Special Administrative Regions of China and 13 Other Territories. The Asia/Pacific Region covers vast airspace, with 50 Flight Information Regions. The primary role of the APAC Office is to foster the planning and implementation by the States of the ICAO provisions: International Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs), Procedures for Air Navigation Services (PANS) and Regional Air Navigation Planning, for the safety, security and efficiency of air transport.
Advancing Loss of Control Training in APAC
TThe goal of APRAST was to gain insight into the ICAO UPRT Manual and how to implement its far reaching requirements and recommendations. Based on the APRAST seminar on Loss of Control In-flight (LOC-I) solutions, the Safety Enhancement Initiative on UPRT will be elevated into the Regional Aviation Safety Group (RASG) yearly work program, giving it a much higher priority in the Asia-Pacific region. An APRAST UPRT champion has been selected and will be structuring guidance to the regulators of member states, regions and territories in the region.
In was a great honor and privilege for APS to help facilitate what turned out to be a pivotal meeting and seminar in the APAC region. It’s exciting to witness and to be a small part of the implementation of ICAO UPRT Manual requirements and recommendations with the APRAST team of dedicated professionals and aviation experts.