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Pilot Training

Volume 410: debated on Friday 19 September 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average monthly flying training time of trainee pilots in the RAF were in the last seven years. [130790]

The information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Trainee pilots in the Royal Air

Force undertake a minimum of 62 hours Elementary Flying Training (EFT) during their first year, before being streamed for fast jet, rotary wing or multi-engine pilot training. Flying hours will then depend on which aircraft type their training has undertaken. For example, fast jet trainees normally undertake 130 hours Basic Fast Jet Training, 70 hours Advanced Flying Training and 52 hours Tactical Weapons Training following completion of EFT, over a further two-year period. All students undertake relevant ground school training prior to each flying phase.