In all my years of flying, this was one of the best training events of my career. Every pilot should consider this type of training. Randy and his team are tremendous.”
Scott Wells, Lead Pilot for Clif Bar & Company
“I just had my first experience with upset training … wow, it is definitely something everyone should do, particularly when you are a new jet pilot, as am I with a recently acquired Citation M2.
I did my training with the Patriots Jet Team, based in Byron, CA (C83). While there were a wide range of maneuvers, what really stuck with me was the “wake turbulence encounter”, during which we configured ourselves inverted with the nose 40 degrees below the horizon on final “at 1000′ AGL” … okay, we were actually a bit higher than that The first attempt wasn’t pretty, but I nailed it the second time and have a whole new sense of awareness about what could happen, and the potential for me to safely recover.
The unique aspect for me about the Patriots Jet Team program was that we did a number of these INVERTED and complete roll maneuvers in a *business* jet … a Sabreliner … for me, this was far more realistic than the other options (Patriots do some of their training in an L-39 as well). Amazing to do the full range of upset maneuvers in a corporate jet.
Stephen Elop – Executive Vice Pres. Microsoft’s Devices and Services
I had the distinct pleasure of taking the Patriots Jet Team Unusual Attitude Training program recently in the Saberliner and found the whole program from start to finish to be a valuable and eye opening experience. Although I have many hours of aerobatic experience flying Warbirds in air shows, I have never had the opportunity to put a biz jet through a series of flight maneuvers that demonstrate just how dangerous upsets can be. I had falsely assumed that my aerobatics training would allow me to successfully deal with most upset situations. Although I didn’t experience the loss of SA (situational awareness) that many non-aerobatic pilots experience the first time they roll an aircraft upside down, I was very surprised at the aerodynamic performance of the Saberliner and what it demonstrated in several “typical” upset scenarios.
The program is well designed to provide both the unusual attitude training to help pilots deal with the physiological challenges of upset along with the aircraft handling and aerodynamic issues they will face in real world upset scenarios.
I highly encourage all pilots, regardless of their experience in aerobatics, to take advantage of the Patriots UAT course and gain a far greater understanding of the challenges of upset scenarios and the important skills required to safely respond to upset encounters.
Mark Peterson – Citation Jet Pilot – Chairman of the Board Classic Jet Aircraft Association
“The Patriots Upset Training course is required learning for any corporate aircraft crew, owner or operator. I’ve never expected to be upside down in our corporate aircraft but after flying with Randy in the Sabreliner I’m not worried about it anymore. There is no substitute for real upset training in a real corporate jet and the Patriots course, better than anything else I’ve seen, teaches exactly what to do should the unthinkable happen. Randy’s thousands of hours in every kind of company jet makes for an enjoyable, high value learning experience and I can’t recommend it enough.”
Bret Cox – CEO of Hello Mobile Inc.
“The Patriots Jet Team’s UAT program is unique in the truest sense of the word. Not only among the world’s best instructors, but the only certified actual UAT in a business jet. I was absolutely impressed with the professionalism, attention to every detail and the rude awakening that I was not ready for a 20,000LB Saberliner to roll and loop. And that’s coming from a 1,000 acrobatic hours pilot with an equal amount in jets! This program is a far departure from the “usual” UAT options in that you will train in an aircraft quite similar to the type you fly as a professional; multi-engine swept-wing business jet. The knowledge shared by living in unusual attitudes as exemplified by the Patriots Instructors is well worth the price of admission. You will be trained by THE best in THE most real-world scenarios. A Class D Sim is great for many things, UAT is not one of them.”