GACA Organizes Workshop to Avoid Disturbance of Aircraft’s Path or Complete Loss of Control
The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), represented by Aviation Standards Sector, organized a regional workshop on how to train pilots to avoid disturbance of aircraft’s path, or loss of control that may occur during the flight, which is known in aviation term as Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT).
The workshop was held during the period of the 3rd to the 6th of February, 2020 at GACA offices in Jeddah and in a second location at the Prince Sultan Academy of Aviation Sciences. It was attended by a group of specialists affiliated with international civil aviation authorities, such as the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), airlines representatives, and local and regional air training centers.
GACA’s goal of the aforementioned workshop is to shed light on main factors that lead to avoiding disturbances, including mismanaging correct aviation decisions, failure to implement corrective measures, exceeding the optimum speed of the plane, failure to follow procedures, ineptness, and the usage of prohibited materials.
The workshop consisted of theoretical and practical training to teach pilots how to maintain and control their aircraft. This type of training focuses on avoiding potentially dangerous situations during flight, where air crews require sound knowledge and commitment to correct operational procedures and effective control. Since it is not possible to avoid all situations and turmoil, training to avoid plane path disturbances, or loss of control is necessary and an important part of initial and refreshed training methods in both ground training and simulator training.
It is worth noting, that the term "UPRT" is a mixture of theoretical knowledge and practical training that aims to provide the flight crew with required competencies to prevent planes of accidentally deviating from its route during flights, or during practical training.
This disturbance is a dangerous condition during flights, which may be placing the plane outside the normal boundaries of its path that may cause loss of control and sometimes the total loss of the airplane. The reasons for this are the excessive weight of the plane, or because of bad weather conditions or the loss of the pilot's self-balance, or malfunction in one of the plane's devices.
Furthermore, attendees praised the usefulness of the workshop organized by GACA and its importance to raise the safety and security level of the most important means of transportation in the world, namely, air travel.
It is worth noting, that GACA obliges all commercial airliners operating in the Kingdom to train their pilots to take this type of training so that the company can operate in line with the international civil aviation standards and applicable laws in force.