Paul ‘BJ’ Ransbury

Paul ‘BJ’ Ransbury, President and CEO, Aviation Performance Solutions (APS)

• Lead of the Loss of Control – Inflight (LOC-I) Working Group for the NBAA Safety Committee
• 23 years specializing in UPRT with APS
– Leads the industry in five UPRT sectors of aviation: owner/operator, government/military, airlines, corporate/executive and flight schools
– Exclusive and/or preferred provider of UPRT for two US legacy air carriers, two top aviation insurance companies, one global flight academy and several government agencies
– APS operates in US and EU delivering and overseeing the implementation of APS-certified UPRT to over 25,000 pilots annually.
• Personal experience delivering over 5,000 flight hours dedicated to teaching and instructing all-attitude all-envelope maneuvering techniques and strategies in both piston and jet aircraft
• Gold Seal flight instructor / 6-time master CFI – Aerobatic / CFI / CFII / MEI / AGI
• Former Airbus A320 airline pilot
• Former F/A-18 Hornet fighter pilot and tactics instructor
• Graduate of the Fighter Weapons Instructor Course
• Royal Military College of Canada, BSc Honors Mathematics and Physics
• South New Hampshire University, MBA (finishing)


Upset Prevention and Recovery Training within MPL: What is Needed to Mitigate the Threat

The last three annual summaries of worldwide commercial jet airplane accidents compiled by Boeing using statistics complying with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST) protocol paint a startling picture. The three most recent ten year studies published in 2016, 2017 and 2018 show that the contribution of fatalities due to Loss of Control In-Flight (LOC-I) have climbed from 43% to over 49% of all worldwide commercial aviation fatalities.

While the threat of LOC-I is real, the required elements of comprehensive Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) at the Multi-Crew Pilot Licensing (MPL) level are well known and accepted. The presentation will address what UPRT must include and how is must be delivered to effectively mitigate the LOC-I threat. An example of effective MPL UPRT delivery will be discussed, along with the correlation to UPRT programs instituted at major international air carriers. UPRT compliance with the recommendations of ICAO Document 10011, the Manual of Aeroplane Upset Prevention and Recovery Training, will be highlighted.