December 2016 Issue

Upset Training: Recurrency is Key

Loss of control is the leading cause of all GA accidents. Here is how you might train to greatly reduce your risk.

In 2015 there were 384 deaths in general aviation accidents. According to the FAA, the cause of the majority was loss of control (LOC). The FAA’s definition of LOC is an unintended departure of the aircraft from controlled flight. We think that the discussion of LOC should be more encompassing. Of concern to us—which became part of the impetus for this article—is that Aviation Consumer’s research into aircraft accidents on a model-by-model basis for its monthly Used Aircraft Guide points to LOC as the cause of the majority of all general aviation accidents, not just those involving fatalities.

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