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We believe the Pitts Special biplane is the best platform available for teaching aerobatic flying


Why do We Train?

We train because we want to raise the safety bar with the accumulated learning of the entire aviation industry.

What do the Regulators Think?

"We want to give pilots more training and better training on how to recognize and recover from stalls and aircraft upsets.

We will be able to do this in the advanced flight simulators we have today...but the difference is, rather than have a pilot execute a recovery in a highly choreographed event, the new training will be conducted as if they were actually on a flight.

We believe this kind of scenario-based training will enhance safety for the kind of emergencies - that, we all acknowledge, are extremely rare - but we want pilots to have sufficient knowledge, experience and confidence so they can appropriately handle any situation."

Michael Heurta
(recently appointed by President Obama as Administrator of the FAA).

"To err is human. To recover indicates good training."
Dr Doug Farrow, Manager of the FAA ATQ Programme

From the Manufacturers

"The training industry is at a crossroad. We need to dramatically improve the efficiency of our training if we want to improve the safety.

Whilst the present way of training, based on pre-set exercises, mostly mandated by regulations, has been efficient in the past, it is clearly not what we need for the future.

Evidence based training wants to deliver training that is really adapted to the airplanes of today, and the threats of today. This is an industry wide effort that needs to be done within a short time with the regulators, manufacturers and training organizations."

Jacques Drappier
Vice President Training and Flight Operations Airbus until 2011 (now senior
consultant to Airbus for worldwide training and flight operations).

Professional Bodies

Promotes safe and effective training, but warns against negative training by ensuring:

  • Appropriate UPRT instructor pilot background and qualifications.
  • Simulator Fidelity: representative or precise?

Composing UPRT Training model requiring integrated training elements - to be formalised by a proposed UPRT Rating:

Aims to implement this using a graduated strategy, which will involve new rules regarding:

  • FSTDs,.
  • Instructor Qualifications
  • Licensing Requirements

...and the Training Providers?

We look at the overall aims as determined by the regulators, take guidance from the manufacturers, evidence from government bodies (AAIB, NTSB) and have developed training methods to meet specific and agreed objectives soon to be detailed by ICAO. We train for confidence, proficiency, to eliminate fear and to be prepared...always.
Advanced Flying (London) Ltd


UPRT is not just a prelude to aerobatic training. The techniques used for UPRT are very different from aerobatic "Unusual Attitude" recoveries. The modern handling techniques employed by many aerobatic pilots use large and rapid control inputs. This method of instruction is an example of negative training and directly contravenes the advice from Airbus test pilots where".
"The use of very small control inputs cannot be overstated."

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“…There was Miller, who took such personal interest in my progress that it was almost like being at school again...”

– “Fate is the Hunter”, E Gann

AFLL believes that the traditional responsibilities of a professional are to pass on the knowledge of the profession.

For this reason AFLL are working on a Professional Pilot Development and Leadership Mentoring Programme.

This will involve the development of captains such that mentoring will become an established role of Captaincy.

What is "Professional"?

A professional is a person who has studied and is qualified to practice in one of the learned arts.

“…..a vocation founded upon specialised educational training, the purpose of which is to supply objective counsel and service to others.”

– New Statesman 21 April 1917

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