ECAIR partners with IFSA (French Institute for Air Safety) to help aircrew benefit from its UPRT expertise.

IFSA is at the forefront of technical and regulatory developments, and is offering trainings in the fields of prevention and investigation of air incidents and accidents. Among its references are the armed forces of several countries including France, airlines such as Air France or Royal Air Maroc and some industrial entities such as Airbus, Dassault, Thales or even SNECMA.

ECAIR’s mission is to train pilots to recover from a loss of control in flight. Based at Bordeaux-Mérignac airport, ECAIR instructors, former test pilots, are training pilots to Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT), a method promoted by aviation safety entities, in particular by EASA. ECAIR instructors are duplicating cases of loss of control in flight, both in FSTD and training aircraft scenarios, to help pilots find life-saving techniques.


The programme includes academic courses, simulator sessions and training on ECAIR aircrafts: a Grob 120 AF, a TBM 850/900, a Cessna 150 Aerobat and a variable stability Learjet. “Our trainings objective is to enable pilots to experience once in their life what happens when the aircraft does something unusual. Flights allow pilots to learn how to respond by feeling the physiological effects of stress, which is not easy to get on a simulator,” tells Philippe Borghini, ECAIR’s President and CEO.

“At IFSA, we wanted to partner with ECAIR. We recognize their expertise. Thanks to them, we can raise awareness among our trainees on what is going on when moving away from known situations in flight and give them the opportunity to experience it later on in flight. It’s important because ultimately it is about saving lives. UPRT is like ice driving. One go is enough to know how it works,” explains Air Vice-Marshall Thierry Delahaye, IFSA Director.

Quotes are taken from the following blog post, released by IFSA’s parent organization, DCI.

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