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New training launched to prevent pilots losing control

IATA’s director general & CEO said though rare, 97% of loss of control in-flight accidents over the past five years caused fatalities.
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The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the publication of new training requirements for airline pilots to prevent loss of control situations.

The “upset prevention and recovery training” (UPRT) requirements aim to improve safety standards by mitigating loss of control in-flight (LOC-I) accidents.

The requirements are based on International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards and recommended practices and have been developed by EASA – the centerpiece of the European Union's strategy for aviation safety – in consultation with leading industry experts.

All European airlines and commercial business jet operators are required to implement these provisions by April 2016.

Patrick Ky, EASA executive director, said: “A number of accidents in recent years have demonstrated that loss of control remains a major area of concern for regulators and should be tackled with the highest priority.”

Tony Tyler, IATA’s director general and CEO, added: “Although LOC-I events are rare, 97% of the LOC-I accidents over the past five years involved fatalities to passengers or crew.

"Partnering with EASA on this important initiative based on global standards and best practices will reduce the likelihood of such events in future.”

IATA through its Pilot Training Task Force is developing detailed guidance material in support of the implementation of the provisions by its European members.

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