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Sharp launches Upset Prevention and Recovery Training program

written by Jake Nelson | June 12, 2024

Sharp Airlines operates a fleet of Fairchild Metroliner aircraft. (Image: Sharp Airlines)

Sharp Airlines says it will become the first Australian regional carrier to implement a comprehensive Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) program.

Starting next year, training company UPRT Australia, with the support of QBE Insurance, will provide the training to Sharp Airlines pilots in a bid to reduce the risk of loss of control in flight, said to be the leading cause of aviation fatalities around the world.

UPRT is a combination of theoretical and practical training to provide pilots with skills to prevent and recover from an aircraft upset, defined by the FAA as an aircraft unintentionally exceeding the parameters normally experienced in flight, including pitch altitude greater than 25 degrees up, a pitch altitude greater than 10 degrees nose down, or a bank angle greater than 45 degrees.

UPRT programs aim to teach pilots how to overcome their natural startle response to an upset and manage their emotions during recovery.

While UPRT is mandatory for operators of larger aircraft, this will be the first “fully comprehensive” partnership of its kind with ab initio training for regional airlines and general aviation, said Sharp Airlines managing director Malcolm Sharp.

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“By integrating the academics, simulator, and on-aircraft training, we will be the first regional operator in the country to meet and exceed all the recommendations of UPRT from the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO),” Sharp said.

“Our goal has been to influence the broader industry, and champion a paradigm shift towards a safer, more supportive aviation environment.

“We strive to build a culture of innovation, one that looks for opportunities, invests in training and development, encourages initiative and spreads new ideas, and we’re thrilled to be launching a new initiative that embodies this.”

UPRT Australia’s CEO, Shane Tobin, said the company is excited to partner with Sharp Airlines on this new program.

“Malcolm Sharp has always been a progressive and a champion for the industry, and we are privileged to be able to enhance the skills of [Sharp Airlines’] cadre of pilots through this program, and elevate their operational risk mitigation,” he said.

Sharp Airlines, which operates a fleet of 23 Metroliner aircraft serving five states with FIFO, charter and regular passenger transport services, is one of the largest privately owned aviation businesses in Australia and carries over 100,000 passengers and more than two million kilograms of freight per annum.

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