What is Advanced UPRT? UPRT stands for airplane ‘Upset Prevention and Recovery Training’ and constitutes a combination of theoretical knowledge and flying training with the aim of providing flight crew with the required competencies to both prevent and to recover from situations in which an airplane unintentionally exceeds the parameters for line operation or training (airplane upsets).
First, ICAO took the initiative to introduce Advanced UPRT, and then in December 2019 EASA made Advanced UPRT a requirement. Preventing loss-of-control saves lives and Advanced UPRT produces better pilots in both recreational as well as professional setting.
Pipistrel’s SW121 is fully approved for Advanced UPRT training, including fully developed intentional spins in all aircraft configurations, power-idle, power-on, full-power, flaps, spoilers, dynamic entry, etc. Having the SW121 in your flight school environment you can cover ab-initio training, advanced training and all aspects of Advanced UPRT courses with one single airplane. What is more, the SW121 needs not be specially prepared for Advanced UPRT training, so your instructors can fly an UPRT lesson right in the middle of ab-initio or navigational sorties, thus maximizing asset utilization and removing the need for utilizing an Extra 300 or a C152 Aerobat that have much higher operating costs.
Have a look at how normal a spin with SW121 looks like:
PIPISTREL VIRUS SW121, EASA-approved for intentional spins and Advanced UPRT training