On 22 to 24 June 2015, the Eastern and Southern African (ESAF) Regional Office of ICAO held a conference on Upset Prevention and Recovery Training. Nearly 100 delegates from African national Civil Aviation Authorities, airlines and training centres participated. ICAO’s head office, APS Training, the NTSB, South African Airways, IFALPA and Kenya Airways also gave informative presentations.
With its background in defining UPRT program requirements, IDT was invited to deliver several presentations. These included a global overview of the LOC-I (given together with Clarke McNeace of APS Training), UPRT implementation in flight simulators, a review of LOC-I accidents and their causal factors, and crew fatigue risk management. At the end of the conference, IDT delivered an overview and suggested the steps within a long-term plan for the African nations.
South African Airways’ UPRT project leader Brad Bennetts gave an overview of their UPRT program. He mentioned that IDT provided support in establishing the program requirements and suggesting to the airline to seek financial support from its insurance underwriter. Furthermore, IDT delivered its UPRT Instructor Station Tool Kit in the SAA A340 simulator, a facility that is used daily for the training program. IDT and APS delivered the iPad Application on UPRT to the SAA pilot fleet of nearly 800 pilots. APS provided an integrated training program for ten SAA instructors through its operations in the Netherlands.