Ignoring the aspect that made it a bit easier to get full authority with partial pedal movement with the flaps up, my recollection is that AA had come up with the procedure after someone found it worked in non-transport airplanes (and was advocating it in one of these URT courses I believe?). In any event, it was validated in the simulator, which was not programmed to fail with that sort of overload. After the stall event in 1999 Airbus, Boeing and MD sent them a joint letter not to do that, and they stopped training it but apparently never "untrained" it either. That was my recollection, without looking anything up. Classic in our industry, things like this have happened prior and since.
I've seen 70 degrees of roll from wake turbulence (though it could have been more or less, we never saw the FOQA data), and I've gotta say my first reaction when I saw it was to stomp on the opposite rudder. I wasn't flying, and thankfully the captain kept his feet off the pedals, but it looked like the right solution based on sight picture alone.Agreed. The bigger problem was the simulator scenario for wake turbulence itself was very unrealistic. The pilots were told they were behind a heavy 747 (just like a JAL 747 was in JFK that fateful day). First, the sim would bank 10 degrees in one direction, and then the sim plane would bank 90 degrees in the opposite direction. What they found was pilots immediately corrected it and it wasn't going to the 90 degree upset they wanted. To fix that, pilot input was "locked out" until the sim got to 90 degrees bank. The report said that for pilots that represented a severe over reaction to wake. No widebody jetliner has flipped 90 degrees due to wake. Not only that, the primary problem of negative training that initially their full aileron input and even full rudder dosen't stop the bank to 90, and once there they used full opposite aileron and rudder to get out. The AAMP program in the sim is where a lot of negative learning happened.
I think the AAMP program meant well. It came as a direct result of the AA 757 accident in Cali. But the ground school theory and sim sessions basically mirrored stuff that would work in F4s.
Indonesian divers recovered the CVR