Flight Research, Inc. brings critical “training gap” front and center at NBAA 2013
(Mojave, CA) – With 18 accidents resulting in some 1,500 fatalities over the past 10 years,
Loss of Control (LOC) has now surpassed Controlled Flight into Terrain (CFIT) as the leading cause of aviation-related deaths, worldwide. In response to this issue, Flight Research, Inc.
the world's leading provider of Upset Recognition & Recovery training – and the only provider to utilize actual business jets in their program – will conduct a series of one-hour seminars entitled: “Loss of Control Preparation & Prevention – Danger in the Training Gap” at this year's National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention in Las Vegas.
The one-hour seminars will be conducted Tuesday, October 22nd, and Wednesday, October 23rd, during the show – in Palmer Room One at the Wynn Hotel adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center. Admission is free to NBAA attendees– and those interested in participating are invited to call 661-824-4136 to reserve a seat.
"Loss of control accidents can significantly reduced with proper hands-on training" says Bill Korner, CEO of Flight Research, Inc. "Unfortunately, an unsettling large number of business aviation pilots today have never been in a fully developed stall or upset condition in the category and type of aircraft they're flying. We fully believe aerodynamic upsets are something every pilot carrying passengers should understand, experience, and learn to successfully recover from"
he continued. "Simply put, I don't believe the flying public would be comfortable knowing their pilot lacked such training; nor should they be."
Several high profile accidents in business aviation and commercial airlines over the past 36 months have brought significant attention from both the FAA and members of Congress to the need for additional training to fill a critical gap between simulator-based scenario training and hands-on inflight training using actual jet aircraft.
In the aftermath of the Asiana flight 214 crash at SFO, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Congressman Brian Higgins (D-NY) wrote a letter to the FAA asking that a new mandate for additional stall and stall recovery training for pilots be implemented immediately. The letter stated in part: "While the investigation is still ongoing, one thing is clear: This crash, and the other recent crashes like Colgan Air Flight 3407 demonstrates a troubling pattern in which pilots are mishandling airspeed, which can lead to fatal stalls."
With ever-greater advancements in flight simulators, there has been a growing reliance on them to properly train current generation pilots. However, even the very best simulator-based programs, nor even training in a small piston-powered aerobatic aircraft cannot effectively replicate the sensory conditions inherit in a fully developed stall, spin, or inverted attitude in a jet aircraft – nor the proper recovery techniques. This has created a significant gap between training to meet currency requirements versus training to be fully prepared for a loss of control situation.
“Undoubtedly, simulators fulfill a critical portion of a commercial pilot's training" said Mr. Korner. But they cannot and should not be a substitute for experiencing upset attitudes and fully developed stalls in an actual business jet – and learning to properly recognize and recover from them."
Flight Research will be working closely with the FAA and other organizations to develop new standards for stall training as called for by Senator Schumer and Congressman Higgens, and their current training courses in Mojave are anticipated to serve as a potential model for future training.
About Flight Research
Located in legendary Mojave, California, Flight Research, Inc. has been providing upset recognition and recovery training in jet and turboprop aircraft since 1981. Customers include general and business aviation pilots and crews, as well as commercial airlines and freight carriers. Flight Research uses MB-326 Impalas and Rockwell Sabreliner 60s as primary training aircraft for both its two- and three-day courses. The Impala's recovery performance closely parallels those of the world's most popular business jets, and the Sabreliner shares size and aerodynamic characteristics with business jets, as well as the world's primary airline population. In addition, Flight Research's testing division provides high-performance flight platforms and comprehensive testing & development facilities for manufacturers of aircraft, avionics and weapons systems. The company's support division provides aircraft, personnel, and facilities to assist customers in maintaining the highest levels of mission readiness in their aviation operations worldwide – including the National Test Pilot School.
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Press Release – Flight Research, Inc. 09.00.13
"Training Gap" to be front and center at NBAA 2013
Flight Research Leadership
Flight Research is led by chairman and CEO Bill Korner. Bill is considered one of the foremost experts in the field of advanced aviation flight training and flight systems development. He is a pilot with over 10,000 hours of flight time in a variety of aircraft from helicopters to supersonic jets. Bill flew 204 combat missions in Vietnam, and is one of the most highly decorated pilots from that conflict. He was called back to active duty for Operation Desert Storm where he flew 25 combat missions. He is also the recipient of the Air Force's Daedalian Orville Wright Achievement Award, as well as of the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor. As the leader of Flight Research, Mr. Korner oversees a highly skilled cadre of instructors, including former military flight instructors and test pilots, as well NASA astronaut and Shuttle Commander Rick Searfross. All are dedicated to helping Flight Research's customers and their products perform at their safest, highest and best levels.
Flight Research leads the industry in professional upset recognition & recovery training, as well as testing and certification for airframes, aircraft modifications, avionics and weapons systems. Call us today at 661-824-4136 and let's discuss your training or testing needs.