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Emergency Upset Training

This course provides complete ground and flight training for pilots of all experience levels in the
procedures and skills necessary for safe recovery from wake turbulence upset, accidental spin entry,
spatial disorientation and icing encounters. Emergency evasive maneuvering is also covered in depth.
Typically one to two ground sessions and three to four flight lessons with thorough briefings are
necessary for course completion. Each flight lesson includes one to two hours of flying time based on
student progress and comfort level. The course training is custom – tailored to each student’s
background, skill level, tolerance level and goals. Upon satisfactory course completion, a graduation
certificate is issued which can be kept on file for pilot insurance renewals and required flight
department records.

Thorough initial and recurrent training on recoveries and maneuvering is essential
to pilots who wish to maintain a high level of skill and competence in this vital area of safety.
The training is conducted by Steve Shaner, a veteran flight instructor and former FAA Pilot Examiner
who has been teaching this course along with aerobatics for over 41 years. The flight training is
conducted in our American Champion Super Decathlon. This aircraft is fully aerobatic with an inverted
flight fuel and oil system. The aircraft is equipped with the mandatory safety chutes and is meticulously
maintained. American Air has an excellent safety record and an excellent reputation with the FAA.
The student learns advanced skills in maneuvering in unusual attitudes with minimal stress to the
aircraft and passengers and minimal loss of altitude. Ten-turn spins, aileron rolls, split-s maneuvers,
inverted flight, 90 degree bank low-load turns and inverted flight recovery are some of the areas
covered in the course (see course outline on next page). Every student who has completed this
training has become a much safer pilot and has gained a much higher level of self confidence in
dealing with surprise emergency events.

Ground Training

  1. Personal Documents / Certificates / Logbook 1) Preflight, start, taxi, pre-takeoff, takeoff climb,
  2. Course overview, procedures, schedule
  3. Introduction to the Super Decathlon – arrival, landing, securing, checklists, traffic systems, normal and emergency procedures, surveillance
    numbers, emergency jettison and evacuation.
  4. Tailwheel ground dynamics and control clean, dirty, extreme attitude stall recoveries
  5. Parachute preflight and operation
  6. Airport and practice area procedures
  7. FARs regarding aerobatic flight
  8. Pilot physiology during aerobatic flight – zero-G pushover, thrust-pitch control what to and not to eat, stagnant hypoxia, gray out, red out, G-LOC, anti-g straining pilot AIMSAFFER checklist
  9. Traffic surveillance and reporting during 9) Sustained inverted flight and recovery aerobatics
  10. Aircraft category stress limits
  11. Load factor analysis and chart control,
  12. G – analysis, g-control, g-meter, zero, positive and negative g flight path control
  13. Load factor variation in turn
  14. Aerodynamics of lift vector variation in and disconnect – subtle / extreme maneuvers and control effect in critical attitudes
  15. Stalls, spins and angle of attack analysis, g-load, recovery & avoidance
  16. Stall speed variations with bank and load changes
  17. CG, stability, controllability, effect on stall
  18. Vertical maneuvers – altitude and airspeed parameters
  19. Recovery options – 3-D, pitch, power and bank, attitude orientation
  20. Unusual / critical attitude recoveries – visual, instrument
  21. Maneuver procedures – aileron roll, barrel roll, split-s, spin, loop, half-Cuban 8, 2-point roll, sustained inverted flight, wing over,
  22. Emergency upset causes and avoidance techniques
  23. Upset cause analysis – evasive maneuvers, mountain wave, rotor clouds, CAT, wing tip vortices, wake turbulence, runaway autopilot (subtle & obvious),
    runaway trim, distraction, lack of attention to flight status, crew interference
  24. limited control recovery characteristics

Flight Training

  1. Preflight, start, taxi, pre-takeoff, takeoff climb, cruise, clearing area and reporting in, descent, arrival, landing, securing, checklists, traffic surveillance
  2. Slow flight, stalls –power on, power off, accel., clean, dirty, extreme attitude stall recoveries
  3. Spin recovery, aileron roll, loop, split-s
  4. Turns – 35, 45, 60, 74, 90 degrees bank
  5. G – control and variation in turns and pull-ups, zero-G pushover, thrust-pitch controlBarrel roll, roll reversal, 2-point roll & recoveries
  6. Negative G – right side up & inverted
  7. Reduced aileron and elevator recovery, wingover
  8. Sustained inverted flight and recovery
  9. Half Cuban-8 with normal and limited ail. recov.
  10. Pitch out-of-trim control, aileron out-of-trim control
  11. Mountain wave upset & recovery, windshear sim.
    positive and negative g flight path control
  12. Wake turbulence & wingtip vortices recovery
  13. Simulated autopilot and electric trim runaway  and disconnect – subtle / extreme
  14. Distractions with emergency upset simulation
  15. Emergency upset scenarios recovery practice
  16. Steep bank diving spiral with high-g recovery