Avionics News March 2017 - 50
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In Flight Research's High-Performance Upset
Recognition and Recovery Training course,
pilots learn in a Northrop F-5 fighter jet.
Flight Research ensures pilots are ready for anything
S T O R Y
C H R I S T I N E
n the skies above the Mojave Desert, an Aermacchi
MB-326 Impala climbs rapidly to flight level 200,
reaching its 400-knot cruising speed. The pilot throttles
back, banks hard and relieves the back pressure on the yoke.
The rudder pedals vibrate and the controls go mushy. A
warning chimes as the aircraft
slips into a spin. The pilot has
just seconds to react.
It happens all year long as
accomplished pilots train for
upset recognition and recovery
under the guidance of Flight
Research's expert instructors.
The heart-racing maneuvers help ready pilots for real-world
"Loss of control is the No. 1 cause of aircraft-related
fatalities," said William Korner, president and CEO, a former
U.S. Air Force fighter pilot with more than 11,000 flight hours.
"Yet, most business jet and airline pilots have never had upset
recovery training in a turbine aircraft. At Flight Research, we
K N A U E R
help you find your limits, and help you expand them so that
you'll know how to recognize and respond properly when a
real upset occurs."
Based at Mojave Air & Space Port, Flight Research
specializes in advanced training for business aviation, law
enforcement, military and
private pilots. Its fleet includes
38 aircraft, from a Cessna
150 to a Eurocopter-MBB
Bo 105 to a Northrop T-38
Talon - nearly two-dozen
different types of aircraft in
all. The company's courses
help pilots recognize and recover from stalls, spins and other
unexpected flight upsets in business aviation and transport
"Simulators, as sophisticated as they are, can't fully
develop these skills," said Korner, who also flew helicopters
in the Vietnam War. "It has created a critical gap in current