Advanced Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (A-UPRT)

Tim Wetterdahl

You might already have heard of UPRT, but in case you have missed it, this article will help you understand what it's all about. We will answer some of the most common questions regarding Advanced UPRT in the next couple of paragraphs, so keep on reading.

UPRT stands for “Upset Prevention and Recovery Training” and will give you both theoretical knowledge and practical experience of unusual attitudes as well as how to avoid and recover from them. Previously this was done in combination with the type rating on the type you were intended to fly, but has now become mandatory prior to starting your first type rating.



Most of you already have some experience of upsets and recovery from initial flight training, such as practicing stalls and spins. During an Advanced UPRT course you will gain more experience with stalls and spins, as you "push the envelope" even further and continue to sharpen your skills. The A-UPRT course will help you become a more proficient pilot and give you the tools you need to prevent such situations, and recover from them should you ever find yourself in an unusual flight condition.


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Now that we have established what UPRT means, lets move on to who will need it. Basically, all pilots that don’t have a type rating and are planning to get one. All pilots that have started or is going to start a type-rating after December 20, 2019 must have gone through an A-UPRT course prior to commencing their first type rating. If you have a type-rating or started your type-rating before this date, you don’t need to do a A-UPRT course.

Ready to get started? Apply now for the upcoming A-UPRT courses at OSM Aviation Academy. 

The A-UPRT course shall be conducted at an approved ATO, such as here at OSM Aviation Academy, and there are 3 different categories of UPRT-courses:

  • Basic
  • Advanced, and;
  • Class- or Type-related

The basic course can be conducted with any qualified Flight Instructor, and must contain high speed, steep turns, spiral dive, slow speed, stall and so on. With the new EASA regulations however, a basic UPRT is not enough. To start your first type rating you must complete an Advanced UPRT course.

Typically, an A-UPRT course will include 5 hours of basic theory instruction and 3 hours of dual flight training with a Flight Instructor that holds an aerobatic rating. During flight sessions, maneuvers will be between -1g up to +4g, and contain spiral dives, stalls, incipient spin and further on. The sessions will be conducted in an aircraft that is certified in the aerobatic category for extra safety margin. Later, when you do your type-rating, you will do a type-specific UPRT course to become familiar with the type-specific handling characteristic of the aircraft in unusual attitudes.

Advanced Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT)

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