Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT)

All Pilots should get UPRT for a variety of reasons. Done properly, it is arguably the best training you will ever receive in an airplane. Before getting training be sure to read all you can on the subject. Don’t be surprised if UPRT eventually becomes mandatory for a commercial airplane certificate.

  • Startle Response  FAA Safety Briefing. Understanding and taming the startle response is critical for dealing with emergencies.
  • The Panic Pull  This is something regarding human performance every pilot should know about as it relates to spin avoidance and upset recovery. Read this AOPA article to learn about the panic pull.
  • Learn to Turn cover    LEARN TO TURN 

    This is an excellent paper by Rich Stowell and Billy Winburn covering turning flight and the inadequate understanding most pilots have concerning turning flight and its relationship with Loss of Control – Inflight (LOC-I). Yes, that is correct, a majority of pilots do not have a complete understanding of turns and will learn something from reading this paper.

  • The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (S.A.F.E.) has publicly available resources on avoiding loss of control, and more. Check out their resources here.
  • LOCWG-300x270  Loss of Control Work group. The General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC) created 2 LOCWGs to analyze and make recommendations for safety improvements in order to curb loss of control accidents. Check out the website for more information. There is a lot of good information to be found there.


UPRT is in Central Oregon! Come to SAW for some great training and have fun doing it. SAW is the only year-round UPRT and aerobatic training school in the Pacific Northwest. We also do tailwheel training and more. Click on the logo to go to SAW’s website.