Preparing Pilots for the Authentic Stresses of Flight for 44 years.

The limitations of conventional pilot training are a major safety problem today, resulting in aviation accidents. Conventional training curricula frequently fail to replicate real life flight conditions.
The NASTAR Center’s Advanced Pilot Training programs prepare pilots for the authentic stresses of flight, challenging human limits in extreme environments. Our unique training devices prepare pilots to withstand the physiological stresses of flight, including visual and vestibular illusions, elevated G-forces and other human factor issues.

The Advanced Pilot Training Program consists of the following courses:

  • Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT)
  • Spatial Disorientation (SD), Situational Awareness (SA)
  • Altitude Awareness

Trainees may attend a single course or a package of courses.

Advanced Pilot Training Overview

The Upset Prevention and Recovery curriculum focuses on Loss of Control In-Flight (LOC-I), the number one safety issue in aviation today. It includes classroom instruction and training on our GYROLAB GL-2000.
The GL-2000 simulator exposes pilots to the physiological and disorienting stresses of extreme attitude situations, including G forces up to 2.5 Gs. Aviators safely explore the extremes of the flight envelope in order to develop skills needed to prevent disaster and recover from an upset flight condition. The unique motion system can physically place pilots in an inverted flat spin and also replicate high G wake vortex upsets in a safe training environment.
The Spatial Disorientation curriculum offers pilots the skills to handle the visual and vestibular illusions frequently encountered in flight.
Classroom instruction covers categories of LOC-I, SD, the human systems that contribute to orientation and how the limitations of the human body can present issues in flight.
The Situational Awareness course is academic, covering conscious and preconscious information processing, learned skill execution and anomalies of attention. The course also covers how the ever-changing dynamics of the flight environment demand that all pilots maintain good SA.
The Altitude Awareness curriculum trains aviators to cope with the effects of hypoxia and sudden loss of cabin pressure. Pilots are exposed to these potentially fatal circumstances in a safe and controlled manner. Additional topics include time of useful consciousness and atmospheric physics.