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Airplane Upset Training Evaluation ReportAirplane upset accidents are a leading factor in hull losses and fatalities. This study compared five types of airplane-upset training. Each group was composed of eight, non-military pilots flying in their probationary year for airlines operating in the United States. The first group, 'No aero / no upset,' was made up of pilots without any airplane upset training or aerobatic flight experience; the second group, 'Aero/no upset,' of pilots without any airplane-upset training but with aerobatic experience; the third group, 'No aero/upset,' of pilots who had received airplane-upset training in both ground school and in the simulator; the fourth group, 'Aero/upset,' received the same training as Group Three but in addition had aerobatic flight experience; and the fifth group, 'In-flight' received in-flight airplane upset training using an instrumented in-flight simulator. Recovery performance indicated that clearly training works - specifically, all 40 pilots recovered from the windshear upset. However few pilots were trained or understood the use of bank to change the direction of the lift vector to recover from nose high upsets. Further, very few thought of, or used differential thrust to recover from rudder or aileron induced roll upsets. In addition, recovery from icing-induced stalls was inadequate.
Document ID
Document Type
Contractor Report (CR)
Gawron, Valerie J. (Veridian Engineering, Inc. Buffalo, NY United States)
Jones, Patricia M.
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
May 1, 2002
Subject Category
Air Transportation and Safety
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.26:211405
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 728-20-30
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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