Press release
Paris Air Show, 19 June 2019
Astonfly booths: stactic display A6 (2 aircraft) and Careers Plane B1

During the Paris Air Show on 18 June 2019, Apache Aviation Training & Services has announced signing a UPRT* training contract with the Astonfly ATO** schools. One of the six Epsilon TB-30s belonging to Apache Aviation will be based at the Astonfly campus at Toussus-le-Noble (France) from Autumn 2019 onwards, to be used for the UPRT modules for students from Astonfly.
During in-flight training sequences, the loss of visual references is simulated by a textile hood deployed over the aft seat. (Photo by B. Otelli)
  • An Epsilon TB-30 based at the Astonfly Campus at Toussus-le-Noble.
Apache Aviation Training & Services introduced a fleet of six Epsilon TB-30s with support from Daher. In Autumn 2019, one of these airplanes will be based at the Astonfly campus at Toussus-le-Noble (France).

The training will be delivered by Apache Aviation, which also operates the Breitling Jet Team, the only civil aerobatics team in the world that flies jets. Led by Jacques Bothelin, one of the most experienced aerobatics pilots in the world, with 12,000 flying hours and 3,000 air shows, all of the pilots are former fighter pilots and have wide aerobatics experience.

"With Apache Aviation we found common values with our own group including a permanent concern with flight safety. The Astonfly course lasts 18 months, of which 9 are practical courses on aircraft and simulator. To complete the training of our crews by confronting them in flight with the psychological and physiological effects of unusual attitudes, we have opted for Apache Aviation TB-30, an airplane well-known by fighter pilot students from French Air Force." explained Charles Clair, President of Astonfly.
On the eve of the Paris Air Show, the management of Astonfly came to "flight test" the product at the Apache Aviation base at Dijon Longvic. From left to right: Charles Clair, President of Astonfly ; Jacques Bothelin, President of Apache Aviation; Pierre-Nicolas Guigard, Astonfly's Training Manager and Frédéric Wozniak, Astonfly's Managing Director. At the front: Vincent Marteau and Christian Deketelaere, instructors.
  • An unusual attitude training module will become mandatory at the end of 2019.
Apache Aviation, operator of aerobatics teams, announced in 2018 the creation of a sister company, Apache Aviation Training & Services, and the launch of a UPRT training module following its acquisition and reconfiguring of six Epsilon TB-30s.
The programme offered by Apache Aviation Training & Services is aimed at public transport operators, business aviation operators, private pilots and future pilots of complex airplanes.
In accordance with EASA recommendations, the initial instruction includes a theory course, done via an e-learning website, and three flying hours, done in four 45-minute flights.

This programme comes as regulations aim at reducing Loss of Control in Flight (LOCI) accidents, which, though infrequent, are the most serious. The aim is to improve professional pilots' training in preventing and handling unusual attitudes.
The first stage, making it mandatory for air carriers to include UPRT (Upset Prevention and Recovery Training) modules in type rating simulator training, with airlines, has been started.
The second stage makes mandatory an initial UPRT training course for pilots for complex aircraft type rating. The entry into legislation of this pre-requisite is scheduled for the end of 2019.
Photo Bastien Otelli
  • Epsilon TB-30, the perfect trainer

The Epsilon TB-30, the leading trainer for French Air Force military pilots, is an aerobatics category airplane, while retaining the flight characteristics close to those of high performance airplane thanks to its high wing loading and efficient but smooth flight controls.
The latest-generation on-board avionics is consistent with EFIS technology of current onboard displays, and the IFR classification guarantees conformity with professional pilots' training objectives.
The aft seat occupied by the student offers the unique possibility to explore unusual attitudes under the textile hood in instrument flight with no external visual references, under the control of the pilot instructor. The conditions for the exercise are thus as close as possible to reality.
The Epsilon TB-30's flight envelope (+5.5 G, VNE 280 kt) make it possible to experience the challenging psychological factors, spatial disorientation and load factors.
The TB-30 has moderate operating costs which allow optimal balance with the training objective. The fleet dedicated to Apache Aviation Training & Services' training programmes bears the characteristic red and black livery with a Native American head.
*UPRT: Upset Prevention and Recovery Training.
**ATO: Approved Training Organisation
Photo Bastien Otelli
About Apache Aviation Training & Services
Apache Aviation Training & Services is an approved training organisation (ATO) based at Dijon-Longvic aerodrome (France), founded in 2018. In 2018, Apache Aviation Training & Services launched a UPRT training programme with a fleet of six Epsilon TB-30 airplanes and instructors with an Air Force background. The new company counts on the great experience of Apache Aviation, operator of professional aerobatics teams for the past 30 years and operator of aerial work for the past 12 years referenced by the French Ministry of Defence with a fleet of 20 aircraft, mainly jets and turbojets.
About Astonfly
Astonfly, a member of Clair Group founded in 2013 and based at Toussus-le-Noble aerodrome, is the premier flying training school in France. Each year, more than 120 pilots graduate from its ultra-modern campus, 96% of them obtaining a post as an airline pilot with 12 months. Astonfly operates a fleet of 40 single and twin-engine Cessna 172, Cirrus SR22 and Diamond DA42 airplanes.
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