The concept of UPRT was introduced in 2009 when there was no
regulation applicable to this form of training. However, it became
clear that introducing this safety enhancement to pilot knowledge
and skills required assurances that it was being implemented
correctly and without unintended consequences.
ICAO implemented UPRT into its overall framework, referring to UPRT provisions from Annex 1, Annex 6 and PANS-TRAINING. These are shown below.
As a result, ICAO took on the task of creating Document 10011,
the Manual on Aeroplane UPRT, providing guidance on how it
should be implemented worldwide.
Member states then took on the task of implementing mandates
for their respective regions.
The regulations primarily state:
- UPRT academic instruction for all pilots and instructors
- Proper use of simulators, ensuring the instructor understands their capabilities and limitations
- Specialised training for UPRT instructors on knowledge and skills
- Training programs that develop the skills and knowledge on prevention and recovery from upsets
These recommendations were integrated into ICAO Manual 10011.
ICAO’s recommended simulator requirements for UPRT are published in Document 9625.
Doc 9625 “Manual of Criteria for the Qualification of Flight Simulation Training Devices”, Volume 1 — Aeroplanes Fourth Edition, 2015
ICAO published amendments to Annexes 1 and 6 in 2014, detailing SARPs aimed at mitigating LOC-I, by introducing the concept of UPRT.
The amendments to ICAO Annex 1 mandate UPRT for the MPL and multi-pilot type rating training course. In addition, ICAO recommends UPRT in an aeroplane for the CPL training course.
Furthermore, the amendments to ICAO Annex 6 contain requirements for UPRT programmes for all Commercial Air Transport (CAT) aeroplane operators. ICAO also provided further supporting guidance on UPRT in ICAO Doc 9868 ‘Procedures for Air Navigation Services – Training (PANS-TRG)’ and ICAO Doc 10011 ‘Manual on Aeroplane Upset Prevention and
Moreover, ICAO published amendments to ICAO Doc 9625 ‘Manual of Criteria for the Qualification of Flight Simulation Training Devices’ containing provisions on flight simulation training device (FSTD) aerodynamic modelling, instructor operating station (IOS) and on what manoeuvres should and should not be trained in an FSTD to avoid negative transfer of training, in support of UPRT.
National Authority Implementation
EASA issued in May 2015 under parts ORO.FC.220 and ORO.FC.230. Final implementation of all EASA requirements was published under Part FCL for training, and for simulator requirements under CS-FSTD(A).
EASA Rules for UPRT
EASA Rules apply now through both Part ORO (Operator-level requirements), as well as Part FCL (licensing). In fact, EASA UPRT rules apply to all pilot license
holders, and not just those operating commercial airliners (as opposed to the FAA regulation, which currently only applies to Part 121 Air Carriers).
The specific objective of EASA’s UPRT rule making task has been to ensure that initial and operator training and checking is adequate to provide pilots with the knowledge, skills and attitude to be competent in preventing and, if necessary, recovering from an upset event. EASA had developed amendments to the
Aircrew Regulation in order to ensure adequate transposition of the amendments to the ICAO SARPs into the European Union requirements by requiring:
• Basic UPRT for all aeroplanes (for the MPL(A), CPL(A) and ATP(A) training courses);
• Advanced UPRT in an aeroplane for the CPL(A), MPL(A) and ATP(A) training courses;
• ‘Type-Specific’ UPRT for all type rating training courses (and will be in the MPL Advanced phase).
• The related ED Decision, containing the AMC/GM includes the UPRT elements for;
• the MPL(A), CPL(A), ATP(A) training syllabi;
• Single and Multi-Pilot Type Rating training to include :
• training in flight mechanics;
• training in all applicable flight control laws of the aeroplane type and the operational consequences resulting from law degradations;
• training in all the relevant specificities of a certain aeroplane type;
• recovery exercises from (impending) stall situations during the take-off and the approach phase;
• manual aeroplane handling exercises and techniques during stall prevention and stall recovery scenarios, including exercises at high altitude;
• realistic training scenarios that contain surprise and startle effects;
• more emphasis on manual aeroplane handling skills and, for initial type rating training, a
requirement to conduct a go-around in the aeroplane with all engines operating;
• training on the conduct of a go-around at low speed with pitch trim in an unusual nose-up position, and consider including this exercise in the skill test or
proficiency check; and
• more emphasis on the potential degradation of situational awareness (basic pilot skills) and flight path management due to the increased flight crew
reliance on aircraft automation; and
• the LAPL(A) and PPL(A) training syllabi, adapted to the safety risks identified during the Agency’s safety review in GA.
The following are applicable since December 2019 under EASA:
UPRT for initial licensing, class and type rating training
CS-FSTD Issue 2 (elements) for FSTDs used for;
- UPRT in class and type ratings
- UPRT in CAT operators recurrent training
EASA UPRT Applicability
UPRT will apply to all EASA pilots of fixed-wing aircraft. For the purpose of this discussion, the various levels are delineated below.
• UPRT under Part FCL (Licensing):
• a light version of UPRT applies to non-commercial pilots (PPL, LAPL holders; not covered in this report)
• Basic UPRT
• Advanced UPRT (for those pursuing a license in the commercial sector)
• UPRT under Part ORO (Operators)
• Pilots entering this level are now required to have the Advanced UPRT in advance
• Current pilots who do not have the Advanced UPRT training must undergo an Initial Operator
UPRT course, developed by the operator
EASA UPRT Structure for Pilots
The following is the structure for the EASA rule for airline pilots starting from the bottom to the top, as they progress through their career.
EASA Structure for instructors conducting UPRT
The following applies to instructors who deliver UPRT at either the Licensing level or at the Operator (airline) level.
EASA Links Applicable to UPRT
EASA UPRT Regulations (general)
EASA Licensing Regulations for Initial Qualification for UPRT
EASA Licensing Regulations for Continuing Qualification for UPRT:
EASA FSTD requirements for conducting UPRT:
The FAA has issued Part 121.423 changesÂ for UPRT, including post-stall training in simulators. These are driven byÂ Public Law 111-216 Sec 208, Implementation of NTSB Flight Crew member Training Recommendations. The FAA requires all Part 121 pilots to be UPRT-trained by March 2020.
FAA Links Applicable to UPRT
FAA Air Carrier Training Enhanced Pilot Training and Qualification Requirements
FSTD Qualification Standards for Extended Envelope and Adverse Weather Event Training Tasks (Final Rule)
FAA FSTD Evaluation and Qualification for Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) Tasks
FAA FSTD Evaluation and Qualification for Full Stall Training Tasks (Advisory Circular AC120-109A)
IDT’s role in UPRT
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