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Part 141 training available


At SAW, our UPRT is designed to train pilots to recover from a wide variety of situations throughout the entire attitude spectrum. Quick recovery from any recoverable in-fight upset situation is the goal, and attainable with a few hours of instruction. LOC-I mitigation is a top priority for the FAA, NTSB, and other aviation organizations, and SAW’s goal is to give you the knowledge, skills, and confidence you need to prevent and/or recover from any recoverable LOC-I incident.​

Loss Of Control – Inflight (LOC-I) is the number one cause of fatalities in airplanes. For General Aviation, LOC-I has more fatalities than the next 9 categories combined!* The statistics show that all pilots really should get UPRT. Unfortunately, there are far too many preventable mishaps occurring on a regular basis. Most of these can likely be attributed to inadequate skills in stall/spin prevention/recovery, lack of all-attitude recovery skills, and poor decision making. Proper training is one of the main cures. Insurance underwriters want all pilots to have UPRT, and doing so will likely make pilots easier to insure, and the training may get you a discount. UPRT has more benefits than ever before. 


The proven benefits of our courses are undeniable. Our customers all leave training very satisfied as their skills increase significantly in a short period of time. UPRT is the "ultimate confidence builder". Take your skills to the next level, and beyond with training that teaches pilots to recover from any attitude or energy state!

Check out our testimonials page to see what our customers have to say.


All Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT), aerobatic, and spin courses are done in SAW’s Super Decathlon. Flight profiles are listed below course descriptions (click on Learn More below). We may also be able to provide custom courses as needed. If you are looking for something different than what is listed here, give us a call. Our courses are FAA part 141 certified. If you wish to conduct a course under part 141, let us know.

Pilots in Training (PT) who successfully complete SAW courses earn a course completion certificate and a letter that describes the training received. This may be useful for those pilots seeking jobs and to provide a record of training. Some insurance companies provide a discount on premiums for completion of an UPRT course.

If you are averse to the motion involved in UPRT, please realize that training is done with a building block approach. We start with envelope expanding maneuvers, and small upsets, working our way up to more extreme upsets. This gives the Pilot in Training (PT) time to adapt and build tolerance. The gains in ability to maneuver in any attitude, and the confidence that comes with that, far outweigh any physical or mental discomforts one may be concerned with. Also, with some preparation, a pilot can come to training ready to deal these potential discomforts. We can help with this before starting a course. A proper attitude is also crucial. Ask us and we can provide guidance.

Do you have a fear of stalls? Or steep turns? Whatever your fears or apprehensions may be, we can help? UPRT is arguably the best training available for building confidence. There are so many benefits to this training, its hard to list them all. If you want to know more, email or give us a call.

We can also come to you for group training. Let us know how many pilots and dates and we will give you a quote.

All of our UPRT courses are approved for FAA Wings program credits. For more info on the FAA Wings program, see HERE.

FAA Wings

Insurance Discounts


SAW UPRT courses completed with FAA wings credit given are eligible for discounts on Starr personal & business aviation policies. Check with your insurance broker for details.


SAW's FAA Wings approved courses are good for 5%, or possibly 10% savings on your annual Avemco premium.  Check with Avemco for details.  

SAW continues to seek additional benefits from our training offered, such as insurance discounts. We hope all insurance companies will see the benefit of providing incentive for training since better training correlates with lower mishap rates. 

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UPRT Pro/CFI Course

For the individual who wants the highest level of initial training available. The 9 flights include 4 flights focused on UPRT, 3 flights of spin training, 1 upset recovery under instrument conditions flight, and 1 final training review flight. 15 hours of ground training included.

UPRT Enhanced Course

Gives the pilot UPRT training along with spin recovery training and instrument upset recovery training. Includes 11 hours of comprehensive ground training and 5 flights

UPRT Basic Course

A  basic introduction to UPRT, which includes training in stalls, spin prevention, low G, introduction to upset recovery techniques, and more. 7 hours of ground and 3 flights.

UPRT Instrument Recovery Add-On

 Learn to recover from all attitude upsets in Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC). Great for pilots with an instrument rating. Includes 1 hour of ground training and 1 flight.

Recurrent UPRT

All flying skills are perishable. SAW recommends recurrent training every 18-24 months to help ensure proficiency. Get 2 hours of ground and a 1-hour flight to review and sharpen your UPRT skills.

*According to GAJSC's Accident data, 2011-2020

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