Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT)

Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT)

What is UPRT?

UPRT stands for aeroplane ‘Upset Prevention and Recovery Training’ and includes both theoretical knowledge and flying training. It’s designed to give pilots the skills to prevent and deal with serious events such as stalls and spins.

Since December 2019 it has been mandatory for pilots to complete the Advanced UPRT before starting an MCC Course.

With the objective to introduce different ‘levels’ of UPRT at various stages of a professional pilot’s career, EASA has published its regulations and is currently revising its advice to the industry. 

Levels of UPRT training:

  • Basic: will introduce exercises to be integrated in all CPL and ATPL training courses (modular and integrated courses) as well as the MPL training course.
  • Advanced course: will include at least 5 hours of theoretical instruction as well as at least 3 hours of dual flight instruction in an aeroplane, with the aim to enhance the student’s resilience to the psychological and physiological aspects associated with upset conditions.  Sometimes this course is known as an ‘FCL.745.A course’.
  • Class or type-related: during class or type rating training will address the specifics of the relevant class or type of aeroplane.

These will be integrated into pilot training as follows:

Basic UPRT

    • All modular and integrated CPL and ATP training courses for aeroplanes as well as the integrated MPL training course

Advanced UPRT

    • Part of:
      • Integrated ATP course
      • Integrated MPL course
    • Prequisite to:
      • Training courses for single-pilot class or type ratings operated in multi-pilot operations
      • Training courses for single-pilot high-performance complex aeroplanes
      • Training courses for multi-pilot aeroplanes

Class-or Type-related UPRT

    • Training courses for single-pilot high-performance complex aeroplanes
    • Training courses for multi-pilot aeroplanes
    • Bridge course for extending privileges on a single-pilot aeroplane to multi-pilot operations

UPRT with British Aerobatic Academy

What does this mean for me?

There is currently no requirement for Upset Prevention and Recovery Training at the PPL stage. However, regulators intend to revise the existing advice to industry, with the objective to integrate basic course elements into existing training syllabuses for the PPL.

With effect from 20th December 2019:

  • If you do a CPL course, basic UPRT exercises should be integrated into your training: it is worth confirming this with your training provider;
  • You will have to have done an Advanced UPRT course before you can do an APS MCC or multi-crew type rating course; and
  • If you do an MCC or APS MCC course, Class-related UPRT should be delivered as part of the course (it is worth confirming this with your training provider).
  • If you do a multi-pilot type rating, Type-related UPRT will be delivered as part of the course.

Most pilots following the modular route will do their CPL qualifying cross country and night rating post-PPL and before their CPL course.  This could be where you do your Advanced UPRT, which would mean you can count the training towards the total hours required for issue of your CPL. 

Alternatively, some pilots aim to do the course later, perhaps just before their APS MCC, so they have more total flying experience when doing the course.  Whichever option you choose, aeroplane based UPRT is mandatory with effect from 20th December 2019.

Please note, Wings Alliance do not run our own, in-house UPRT course. Wings Alliance cadets recieve their training from one of our member schools who are specialists in delivering flight training.

Combined APS MCC & UPRT course

Flight Training Courses

Alternatively, you can view more about Upset Prevention and Recovery Training here