Congratulations, Sam Selzer, the winner of the APS-WYVERN Master UPRT Qualification Course!


Nashua, NH:  WYVERN LTD, along with Aviation Performance Solutions, LLC (APS), are pleased to announce the winner of the APS-WYVERN Master UPRT Qualification Course, Sam Selzer with Flexjet!

Graduates evolve and verify core competencies including enhanced crew member effectiveness, leadership potential, professionalism, and psychophysiological resilience in crisis to elite standards. Course completion qualifies pilots for reduced minimum time requirements for Second in Command Time in Category (Airplane) and Time in Class (Multi-Engine) to meet WYVERN certification standards.

“With this years’ BACE returning to in-person, WYVERN was thrilled to see the aviation professionals returning to the event,” said Andrew Day, WYVERN COO. “Our passion for aviation safety is stronger than ever, and it is that light that we were delighted to award Sam Selzer a complimentary UPRT training event with Aviation Performance Solutions of Mesa, Arizona, the leader in upset, prevention and recovery training. Enjoy Sam!”

About our winner, Sam Selzer

“Making a career in aviation has been a goal from a very early age. My Uncle was a flight instructor in the Civilian Pilot Training Program during WW2 and following the war, taught my father to fly. My father went on to enlist in the Air Force and flew C97’s. Following his discharge, he secured a job in the flight department of Collins Radio, later to become Rockwell Collins. I had many opportunities to go to the corporate hanger with my father and observe the lifestyle of a pilot which is what sent me on my own career trajectory.

“In high school, I took lessons at the local FBO going through solo and a few cross countries. Following high school, I entered the flight program at Iowa Lakes Community College. There I earned a degree in Aviation Management as well as a CFI rating. I put the CFI rating to use in building flight time as I completed a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Iowa.  Following college, I spent a couple years flying cancelled checks around at night in twin Cessnas  for Sioux Falls Aviation. After building time and experience, I took a position at Air Midwest, a regional airline operating under the Trans World Express banner. I flew BAE31 (Jetstreams) there for a couple years.

“I moved into the jet age by accepting a job in the flight department of IBP (Iowa Beef Producers). There I flew the Falcon 10’s, Falcon 20’s, and an occasional trip an a BE58 Baron. Fast forward eight years, I decided to join the growing fractional ownership industry, mainly for a more predictable schedule. At that time, I was hired by Raytheon Travel Air to fly the Hawker 800XP. Travel Air later merged with Flight Options, which presented more opportunities to fly the Falcon 50, and Citation X.

“In keeping with my love of lifelong learning, I joined the Training Department at Flight Options where I progressed to Lead Ground Instructor, and Manager of Training. The demands of the Manager of Training position, however, didn’t afford a lot of time out flying the line, so when the opportunity to transfer to the newly acquired Flexjet International Large Cabin ‘Red Label’ program presented itself, I jumped at the chance. That is where I find myself today as an Aircraft Commander overseeing a team of four other outstanding Captains and two Cabin Servers on our own dedicated tail number Gulfstream 450.

“In my personal life, I have a loving and understanding wife of 28 years, four awesome children ranging from 17 to 25. I also enjoy home renovation, wrenching on vehicles of all kinds, music, and the occasional motorcycle ride.”


WYVERN is the leader in aviation safety risk management and training. Building on its 30-year reputation for setting the standard for excellence in the private and charter aviation community, WYVERN cultivates progressive improvement through its flagship Wingman and Flight Leader Programs. WYVERN’s EXACT Program is a comprehensive and professional safety certification program for UAS end-users and operators. WYVERN’s Safety Leader Training Course™ provides the education and training that enables professionals to skillfully achieve operational excellence in any aviation organization.

Learn more about WYVERN LTD here.

About Aviation Performance Solutions, LLC (APS)

Aviation Performance Solutions LLC (APS) trains thousands of professional pilots and instructors in comprehensive Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) skill development each year. APS UPRT programs include integrated Loss of Control In-flight (LOC-I) solutions via industry-leading computer-based, virtual, on-aircraft (jet, turboprop, and piston), and advanced simulator UPRT. All training is in full compliance with the Airplane Upset Recovery Training Aids – Revisions 2 and 3, FAA Advisory Circular (AC) 120-109A Stall Prevention and Recovery Training, ICAO Manual on Aeroplane Upset Prevention and Recovery Training, IATA Guidance Material and Best Practices for the Implementation of UPRT, and FAA AC 120-111 Upset Prevention and Recovery Training. Headquartered at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa, Arizona, with additional training locations in the USA and Europe, APS provides immediate, turnkey global access to comprehensive UPRT solutions.

Learn more about APS here.