October 29, 2012
By Alton K. Marsh
Stallion 51, long the place to go if you want to fly a North American P-51 Mustang, now offers unusual attitude training to the corporate world and other interested pilots. The Kissimmee, Fla., company uses a specially equipped Aero Vodochody L-39 jet trainer.
“Our new Upset Prevention and Recovery Training Program definitely raises the bar even higher for pilots who fly for a living and under all types of conditions,” said Lee Lauderback, Stallion 51 president. The former chief pilot for golf legend Arnold Palmer said the curriculum has been in development for five years. “We now have a comprehensive program that covers all areas of prevention, recognition and recovery from unusual attitudes of flying.”
“Every pilot’s definition of unusual attitudes is a little different,” Lauderback said. “The FAA defines them as a position in excess of 25 degrees nose up, 10 degrees nose down and 45 degrees of bank angle. However the real life definition is pilot-specific and is based on variations of experience. Addressing those variations is what sets this program apart from simulation or other training. We tailor our instruction specifically to the individual.”
The idea is to train pilots to recognize and respond accurately and quickly before the situation progresses into an unrecoverable situation. The training includes both physiological sensations and aerodynamics subjects.
Lauderback said the EFIS equipment closely simulates current corporate and executive aircraft cockpit layouts. Onboard cameras inside and outside the airplane are used for debriefing.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
Actor, pilot, and general aviation advocate Harrison Ford was hospitalized March 5 after sustaining injuries in an emergency landing at a California golf course, according to multiple news reports.
AOPA has joined the “Know Before You Fly” campaign that seeks to educate users of unmanned aircraft systems about safe and responsible operations, including where and how high unmanned aircraft may be flown.
With solid instrument meteorological conditions extending hundreds of miles in every direction, a VFR-only pilot was stuck on top. The controller who helped him was among those honored March 4 with the Archie League Medal of Safety Award.
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