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Pilot Training

Volume 453: debated on Monday 20 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, (1) how many commercial flight tests were carried out at weekends in each year since 2000; (100976)

(2) how many new (a) private pilot licences, (b) commercial pilot licences and (c) airline transport pilots licences were issued in each of the last 20 years;

(3) how many people (a) hold multi-engine examiner authorities and (b) held multi-engine examiner authorities in each of the last 10 years;

(4) if he will place in the Library copies of the (a) original impact assessment and (b) post impact assessment of the JAR-FCL pilot licence;

(5) how many pilots were trained in the UK in each of the last 20 years, broken down by nationality.

The Civil Aviation Authority holds information on the number of Commercial Pilot Skill Tests, pilot licences issued in the UK and current holders of multi-engine examiner authorities.

The number of Commercial Pilot Skill Tests carried out on a year-by-year basis since 2000 is given in Table 1. Due to the large amount of data involved, it is impracticable to identify which tests were held at weekends.

Table 1

Number of skills tests

2000-01

797

2001-02

755

2002-03

725

2003-04

741

2004-05

852

2005-06

935

Table 2 shows the number of Private Pilot Licences (PPL), Commercial Pilot Licences (CPL) and Airline Transport Licences (ATPL) issued in each of the last 20 years.

Table 2

Financial year

PPL

CPL

ATPL

All licences total

1986-87

3098

307

383

3788

1987-88

3043

440

396

3879

1988-89

3411

672

518

4601

1989-90

4451

1041

651

6143

1990-91

4669

1253

865

6787

1991-92

4804

1005

658

6467

1992-93

3621

664

553

4838

1993-94

3868

394

229

4491

1994-95

3614

388

200

4202

1995-96

3808

471

380

4659

1996-97

3621

487

351

4459

1997-98

3974

634

372

4980

1998-99

3707

759

561

5027

1999/2000

3577

986

761

5324

2000-01

3145

1046

1777

5968

2001-02

2957

1029

1551

5537

2002-03

3467

341

1605

5413

2003-04

3708

972

1358

6038

2004-05

3190

1100

1300

5590

2005-06

3277

1320

1332

5929

There are currently 1,313 holders of multi-engine examiner authorities. Historic records of examiner numbers and records of pilots trained in the UK are not held.

A copy of the Authority's 1999 consultation on a proposal to amend the Air Navigation Order 1995 to facilitate implementation of JAR-FCL and its accompanying Regulatory Impact Assessment will be placed in the House Library. A post impact assessment has not been carried out, in light of the future transfer of pilot licensing functions to the European Aviation Safety Agency, and the likelihood of the agency carrying out its own impact assessment.