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UPRT Course Descriptions and Fees

All Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) courses are flown in SAW’s Super Decathlon.  Flight profiles are listed below course descriptions. Each flight is scheduled to last up to 1 hour.


Pilots in Training (PT) who successfully completes a SAW course earns a course completion certificate and a letter that describes the training received. This will be useful for those pilots seeking jobs as professional pilots or for insurance purposes, and provides a record of training.

All courses are approved for FAA Wings credits.


15 hours ground instruction, 9 flights

Cost: $6,050


This course is for the individual who wants the highest level of initial training available. The Pro/CFI course’s 9 flights include 4 flights focused on UPRT, 3 flights of spin training, 1 upset recovery under instrument conditions flight, and 1 final training flight that will provide a review of all skills learned. This course will prepare the PT for upset prevention and recoveries from all attitudes, spin prevention and recoveries from many scenarios (both upright and inverted) and upset recoveries while in Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC). An advanced level of aerodynamics understanding will be learned along with proper energy management using extended envelope training and all attitude maneuvering. The PT will learn the causes of airplane upsets and how to prevent or reduce the likelihood of upsets. Stall and spin awareness, prevention, and recovery will be taught well beyond the minimum CFI requirements and those who complete the training can earn the spin endorsement required for certification as a CFI. The result should be a pilot with greatly increased capabilities and confidence in all-attitude flight. This course typically takes 5 or more days to complete.

Recommended Prerequisites: Commercial Airplane License and completed Fundamentals of Instruction (FOI) written test.


Included flights: UR1, UR2, UR3, IR1, SF1, SF2, SF3, UR4, FTF


UPRT Enhanced 

11 hours ground instruction, 5 flights

Cost: $3,300


This course is for pilots of any skill level and includes all 3 UPRT flights along with 2 spin recovery training flights. Basic all-attitude maneuvering included to help develop recovery skills. Includes comprehensive ground, pre- and post-flight instruction. This course typically takes at least 3  days to complete.


Included flights: UR1, UR2, UR3, SF1, SF2

UPRT Basic Course

5 hours ground instruction, 3 flights

Cost: $2,200


This is a great course for pilots of any skill level who wish to learn about UPRT. Includes comprehensive ground, pre and post flight instruction. This course typically takes 2 days to complete. This course will give the PT the fundamental recovery skills needed, but it has been found that 4 or more flights are needed to truly learn and retain the skills taught. 


Included flights: UR1, UR2, UR3

UPRT Instrument Recovery Add-On

2 hours ground instruction, 1 flight

Cost: $625

Learn to recover from all attitude upsets in Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC). Great for pilots with an instrument rating.


Flight: IR1

Recurrent UPRT

2 hours ground instruction, 1 flight

Cost: $625

All flying skills are perishable. Recurrent training is designed to sharpen a pilot’s skills, so recovery capabilities are maintained. Ground training will review important prevention strategies, recent upset mishaps, recovery procedures and more. Flight training reviews all attitude recoveries and other items as required or requested. SAW recommends recurrent training every 12 – 18 months.

UPRT Enhanced
UPRT Basic
UPRT Instrument RecoveryAdd-On
Recurrent UPRT
UPRT Flight Profiles

Upset Recovery 1 (UR1)   

  • Aircraft handling

  • Adverse Yaw demonstration

  • Dutch rolls & "Box the Sky"

  • Slow flight

  • Various stalls

  • Steep Turns & wingovers

  • Flight below 1-G

  • Intro to recovery from all attitude

  • Intro to all attitude maneuvers

  • Recognition and control of G force

  • AOA management

Upset Recovery 2 (UR2)   

  • Accelerated stalls

  • Uncoordinated flight and high AOA

  • Control failure mitigation strategies

  • Roll Stability Demonstration

  • Cross-controlled turning stalls

  • Recovery from all attitudes

  • Lift vector orientation

  • Split S type maneuver to demonstrate proper recovery  

  • Inverted flight 

Upset Recovery 3 (UR2)   

  • Spiral dive recovery

  • System component failures

  • Basic all attitude maneuvers

  • Review of all attitude recoveries from various scenarios

Spin Flight 1 (SF1) 

  • Incipient spin recoveries from various scenarios

  • Normal upright spin prevention, entries, and recoveries

  • Integration of upset recovery skills

  • Basic all attitude maneuvers

Spin Flight 2 (SF2)

  • Normal upright spin prevention, entries, and recoveries

  • Incipient and developed spins

  • Aggravated spin entries and recoveries

  • Inverted spin recoveries (Optional)

  • Basic all attitude maneuvers

  • Integration of upset recovery skills

Spin Flight 3 (SF3)

  • Review incipient and developed upright & inverted spins

  • PT practices teaching spins with instructor injecting PT errors

  • Inverted spin recoveries

Instrument Recovery Flight 1 (IR1) 

  • Simulated IFR instrument full-panel recoveries

  • Stall prevention in the instrument environment

  • Partial-panel IFR recoveries

  • Limitations of flight instruments

  • Physiological factors

  • Spiral dives and recoveries

  • Spin recoveries

Upset Recovery 4 (UR4) 

  • Review of all upset recovery techniques

  • Basic all attitude maneuvers practice

Final Training Flight 

  • Review of all previous maneuvers and techniques learned

  • Final evaluation and course completion

UPRT Ground Training

All UPRT courses start with a 4-hour ground session which covers several subjects, including:

  • History of UPRT

  • Upset definition and causes

  • Aerodynamics

  • UPRT physiology and situational awareness

  • Prevention of upsets

  • Loss of control statistics

  • Upset recovery techniques

  • Aerobatics vs. UPRT and use of appropriate aircraft

  • Cockpit familiarization, egress, and parachute training

For courses with spin training, there is a 2-hours spin lecture, which includes:

  • What is a Spin

  • What Causes a Spin

  • Who’s Spinning In

  • Common Spin Scenarios

  • Spin Phases & Spin Modes

  • Aggravated Spins

  • Spin Dynamics

  • Spin Recovery Procedures

  • Common Mistakes

  • Spin Instruction (for instructors only)

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