The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and
IATA have published new training requirements for airline pilots
to prevent loss of control situations.
The “upset prevention and recovery training”
(UPRT) requirements aim to improve safety standards by mitigating
loss of control in-flight (LOC-I) accidents.
The requirements are based on
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards and
recommended practices and have been developed by EASA in
consultation with leading industry experts.
All European airlines and commercial business
jet operators are required to implement these provisions by April
Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO,
said, “Although LOC-I events are rare, 97% of the LOC-I accidents
over the past five years involved fatalities to passengers or
crew. Partnering with EASA on this important initiative based on
global standards and best practices will reduce the likelihood of
such events in future.”
IATA, through its Pilot Training Task Force, is
developing detailed guidance material in support of the
implementation of the provisions by its European members.
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