Calspan has been at the forefront of aircraft Flying Qualities (FQ), Pilot-Induced Oscillation (PIO), and Upset Recovery Training (URT) research and instruction in variable stability aircraft for decades. We operated the USAF NT-33 T-Bird and C-131H Total In-Flight Simulator (TIFS) variable stability aircraft and continue to operate the X-62A Variable Stability In-flight Simulator Test Aircraft (VISTA). Today, commercial instruction is conducted in Calspan's variable stability Learjets.
Calspan supports aerospace industry innovators by teaming with seven of the eight SETP-recognized test pilot schools to provide world-class airborne instruction. We have been teaching at the U.S. Air Force and Naval Test Pilot Schools for more than half a century. Additionally, we offer short courses taught at our state-of-the-art flight test facility located at the Niagara Falls, NY, International Airport (KIAG).
Topics covered in our Flying Qualities (FQ) instruction include:
The Calspan Pilot-Induced Oscillation (PIO) course begins with classroom academics and culminates with two flights in our Learjet in-flight-simulator. One flight is up-and-away, while the second focuses on PIO-prone aircraft during approach to landing.
Course objectives include:
This two-day course trains pilots to understand, anticipate and be prepared for situations in which the aircraft's attitude is suddenly upset, resulting in potential loss of control. Utilizing Calspan's Learjet in-flight simulators, pilots are exposed to actual loss of control scenarios in a real-world situation, actually flying an aircraft rather than a ground simulator.