UPRT Instructor Training

European Airlines and aeroplane charter operators (Commercial Air Transport Operators) are required to provide Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) during initial and recurrent pilot training. Instructors who provide this training need to be “competent and current to deliver the training and understand the capabilities and limitations of the device used” [AMC1 ORO.FC.220 & 230 (c)]. Operators should provide training and standardisation for instructors. Our course covers all of the training elements in GM5 ORO.FC.220&230 apart form the practical demonstration of skill.

This training will also be required for all pilots qualifying as type rating instructor (TRI) or synthetic flight instructor (SFI).

Training Objective

After attending this course you will understand the requirements for Upset Prevention and Recovery Training, the benefits and limitations of providing this training in a flight simulator and you will be ready to demonstrate your competence in a practical session.

Who should attend?

The session is aimed at training managers and simulator instructors (TRI or SFI) working in commercial air transport aeroplane operators who will be required to conduct UPRT during operator’s conversion courses and recurrent training. The course will also be useful for ground instructors who will deliver theoretical elements of UPRT and training managers responsible for UPRT.


The need for UPRT?

We’ll show with statistics and case studies that loss of control in-flight is still a safety issue. UPRT may be the solution.

Regulatory requirements

We’ll explain (briefly) what the regulations require in terms of upset prevention and recovery training and training/standardisation for instructors providing UPRT and cover some important definitions.

Human performance an limitations

We’ll explore the physiological and psychological factors that can be a barrier to preventing or recovering from aeroplane upsets. We’ll suggest some strategies to mitigate these effects and, in particular how to prevent a ‘surprise’ causing a ‘startle’. We’ll also practice applying threat and error management (TEM) to upset prevention.

Use of simulators for UPRT

Flight Simulators are designed as training devices, they don’t replicate everything an aeroplane can do. We’ll explain how simulators can be used to deliver effective training and highlight the safety risks that can result from incorrect use of simulators.

Delivery of upset recovery training

We’ll explain how to deliver effective recovery training for each of the required upset recovery exercises within the capabilities of a flight simulator.



The training runs for approximately 6 hours including coffee breaks and a lunch break.


As the client you may choose to attend the McKechnie training facility in West Sussex or we can deliver the training at your own headquarters or training location.


We run  ‘open’ training sessions at our facility in West Sussex (close to Gatwick Airport) individual places can be booked for a price of £399.

The cost of a private seminar for up to 6 delegates at our facility in West Sussex (close to Gatwick Airport) is £2080. This includes lunch and refreshments.

If you would like the course to be delivered at your premises then we will make an additionally charge for travel time and costs.


Places for our scheduled open courses may be purchased online. See our list of events.

To make a booking for a private training session or if you need to be invoiced please email contact@mckechnie-aviation.eu or ‘phone (+44 (0) 1293 387365) .