Updated June 5, 2021

The following are current scholarships and promotions that can be used for upset prevention and recovery training. If you would like your scholarship or promotion to be featured here, please email NBAA’s Molly Hitch at mhitch@nbaa.org.

Aviation Performance Solutions (APS) UPRT Scholarship

Every year, APS donates one Professional Pilot Upset Training Course, a $6,000 value, to a deserving pilot currently in flight school or just starting their professional aviation career. The course provides comprehensive Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT), integrating academics and on-aircraft instruction to mitigate the risk of loss of control inflight (LOC-I). The formative years of initial pilot training are the ideal time for pilots to experience UPRT. Modern UPRT compliments licensing training by ensuring pilots have a deep understanding of upset causes – with critical focus on prevention – and are trained to proficiency in the often counterintuitive skills necessary to recover from a developed airplane upset.

Figure 1 Foundation Upset Recovery/Spin Training and Introduction to Aerobatics

This program provides you with a FAA spin endorsement. You will obtain the experience needed for correct and precise actions responding to in-flight emergencies and unusual attitude recovery. You will also obtain the ability to perform an aerobatic sequence and achieve an IAC Smooth Award. The applicant must have a Private Pilot License or higher accreditation to apply. We will provide up to $3,800 in total funding.

Greg Koontz Airshows Aerobatic Instructor Scholarship

This scholarship will be offered to any CFI who has at least some aerobatics and would like to turn those skills into being an aerobatic instructor. Aerobatic experience and financial need are serious considerations. The recipient will receive a “full ride” aerobatic instructor course at Greg Koontz Airshows’ aerobatic school which includes four nights lodging at Sky Country Lodge, all meals, eight lessons in the Super Decathlon including all required ground instruction.

International Aerobatic Club (IAC) Emergency Maneuver Training Scholarship

This scholarship aims to promote aviation safety through unusual attitude and aerobatic training. The scholarship includes three modules of the EMT® course which includes Stall/Spin Awareness, In-flight Emergencies, and Basic Aerobatics. The course will be taught in a Citabria and Decathlon.