Flight Research Launches Icing Upset Recovery Course

Program uses a Cirrus SR22 to teach how icing affects performance.

Flight Research now offers a course that will teach pilots what to do if they're suddenly dealing with icing conditions.NASA

Mojave, California-based Flight Research has introduced a course to help pilots understand how icing conditions affect performance and what to do if they enter icing conditions inadvertently.

The course includes three hours of ground instruction, teaching pilots about the dangers of icing on the airframe and how it affects aircraft performance. Like all of Flight Research’s courses, the program is conducted in actual aircraft rather than simulators. Students fly a one-hour profile in a non-modified Cirrus SR22 followed by the same one-hour profile with proprietary ice structure simulations attached to the airplane. The second flight illustrates how much performance is degraded when the airflow around the wing is disturbed. The course costs $4,999 and meets FAA, EASA and ICAO compliance standards for Upset Prevention and Recovery Training.

Flight Research offers a long list of other UPRT courses, all conducted in a variety of the company's fleet of 40 different types of aircraft, which ranges from a light piston airplanes and helicopters to a Sabreliner 60.