The DEW Line doesn’t normally cover civilian aviation, butthe certain issues are important enough to warrant special attention–such asrecovering an aircraft from upset conditions. Upset conditions begin in aroughly defined “box” where the bank angles exceed 45˚ and attitudesexceed 25˚ nose-up and 10˚ nose-down for large jet aircraft.
Typically, civilian pilot training does not cover much morethan 10% of the all-attitude environment – up to 30˚ of pitch and 60˚ of bank.The result is that most commercial pilots are not adequately trained to dealwith upset conditions should they experience them.
And, with the exception of certain military aviators,certification test pilots and a few others, the vast majority of pilots onlyexperience training with full aerodynamic stalls early in the training process.
Unfortunately, the result is that a when faced with thosetypes of situations, most pilots will react incorrectly as the data shows. But,after the crash of Air France 447 over the Atlantic a few years ago, things arestarting to change as more attention is being paid to the problem.
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to fly with APS–acompany that specializes in upset recovery training. Their instructor pilotsare mostly former military aviators. The company president is a former CanadianForces CF-18 Hornet pilot. The pilot I flew with, Clarke McNeace, is a formerNavy pilot who also flew the Hornet.
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Here are some excerpts from my flight–edited by my colleague Andrew Costerton in England.