At Flight Research we carefully select aircraft for our training program that provide the most realistic environment and responsiveness for our business aviation and commercial airline students – while always maintaining a very high margin of safety. We do not use do not use purpose-built piston-engine aerobatic aircraft, simply because they do not properly replicate the physical or the sensory experience of an unexpected control upset in a turbine aircraft, nor do they allow effective teaching of proper recognition and recovery techniques when an upset occurs.
We utilize three primary aircraft in our advanced training program: The NDN-1T Turbo-Firecracker, the North American Sabreliner, and the Aermacchi MB-326 Impala. In addition, we also utilize the Slingsby T-67 Firefly for students requesting an initial basic introduction to all-attitude flying, prior to taking our two or three-day Upset Recognition & Recovery course.
Here’s a quick summary of our training aircraft, and their capabilities:
The Turbo-Firecracker is a purpose-built primary military trainer powered by the Pratt & Whitney PT6A. It is a retractable-gear aircraft well known for its ability to replicate the handling qualities of an advanced jet trainer, while remaining the forgiving, docile nature demanded of a good, all attitude training aircraft.
North American Sabreliner
The Sabreliner is a beloved and robust mid-size aircraft that has served many roles – from executive jet to military trainer. Originally designed for the USAF as a military training aircraft, the Sabreliner is an extremely capable platform for upset recognition & recovery training from both strength and a maneuverability standpoints. It nicely replicates the size and aerodynamic characteristics of business jets, as well as the world’s primary airline population.
Aermacchi MB-326 Impala
The Impala is a well-proven military trainer flown by the air forces of 15 nations. It is an excellent all-attitude aircraft with predictable spin behavior and recovery performance that closely parallels the world’s most popular business jets. The Impala’s control forces are extremely well-balanced and it’s fun to fly – which combines to help make it an upset recognition and recovery teaching platform that is unequalled in the industry.
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.