“Implementing the new requirements for UPRT is a challenging but achievable task” according to George Rebender, Head of the EASA Aircrew Department. M. Rebender was summarising the session on upset prevention and recovery training (UPRT) held during the 3rd EASA Workshop on the implementation of the Air Operations Regulation on 7th October 2015 in Cologne.
The workshop was attended by 188 delegates from airlines, training organisations and regulators from all over Europe. Francisco Arenas of EASA opened the session on UPRT by explaining some of the content of the recently published requirements for commercial air transport (ED Decision 2015/12/R). Daan Dousi, EASA Head of Aircrew Regulations Section, then explained the content of the recently published ‘notice of proposed amendment’ (NPA 2015-13) that addresses rules for pilot licensing and instructor training. He invited comments on the NPA and explained that the planned publication date for the new rule was Autumn 2016 with a likely date for implementation of April 2018.
Andrew McKechnie (consultant at McKechnie Aviation) explained what AOC operators would need to do to implement the new requirements. He suggested a three-stage process of conducting a ‘Gap Analysis’, implementing the required changes and then training instructors. He gave practical examples of where this could be challenging, particularly of the need to get instructors to ‘buy in’ to a new way of training and change practices that they may have been following for decades. Mattias Dufva of Raynair then gave an explanation of the work that Ryanair have done to address the need for better UPRT. This exceeds the minimum required by regulation and included adding additional training details to their type-rating and command courses and investing in upgrades to their flight simulators.
Summing up the session George Rebender emphasised the need for a ‘paradigm change’ in the way that stall training is delivered and congratulated Ryanair on using a risk-based approach to go beyond the minimum requirements and make a significant investment in pilot-training.
AOC operators will need to adapt their pilot training programmes to comply with ED 2015/12/R before 4 May 2016. McKechnie Aviation are presenting seminars to help operators to understand the new requirements and the work required: www.mckechnie-aviation.eu/events.
Picture shows (left to right) Mattias Dufva, Andrew McKechnnie, Daan Dousi and George Rebender answering questions following during the UPRT session.