On 17 September 2019, Dr. Sunjoo Advani, the president of IDT, had the honor of delivering the annual Ray Jones Memorial Lecture at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London, UK. As a member of the RAeS Flight Simulation Group and an avid presenter at many of its conferences, Sunjoo was in a familiar environment.
However, this was an opportunity to present a more in-depth and personal background of UPRT and his personal commitment and contribution to this topic. His speech was entitled “Taking Control of Loss of Control – It takes a
decade to change the world”. And it did indeed take a decade for his ICATEE team to create the main provisions for Document 10011, the Manual on Aeroplane UPRT, published in 2014, followed by years of rule making at the
FAA and EASA.
Most notably, Dr. Advani pointed out that UPRT has really taught us three main things: The pilot must be taught to manage the airplane’s Angle of Attack, manage its Energy State, and the pilot must also manage his or her own Startle Response. With these three primary objectives, we can develop training that is appropriate and meaningful.
In other words, when a rare unexpected event occurs, it is vital that the pilot prioritizes the actions and avoids the undesired situation from developing. The combination of knowledge, skills and attitudes comes into play. The presentation was well attended and drew much discussion from the participants. It was a true honor to have been given this opportunity, and a chance to reflect on the tremendous accomplishments of the past decade.
Much thanks go to the Royal Aeronautical Society fo hosting this event, and supporting the ICATEE initiative.