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Military Aircraft: Training

Volume 487: debated on Monday 2 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average number of helicopters of each type available for training purposes was in each year since 2001. (251705)

Dedicated helicopter flying training for all services is carried out by Defence Helicopter Flying School (DHFS) at RAF Shawbury, with further training for Army personnel carried out by DHFS at Middle Wallop. The contract requires the delivery of flying hours, rather than a specific number of aircraft. It is up to the contractor to decide how many aircraft are required to deliver the required hours. The number of helicopters that the contractor has used to deliver the flying hours required in each year since 2001 under the DHFS contract is:

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Shawbury

Griffin

9

9

11

11

11

11

11

12

Squirrel

28

28

28

28

27

27

25

25

Middle Wallop

Squirrel

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

Once initial training has been completed, all further training requirements are serviced by helicopters in the Forward Fleet. There are many categories of flying training which are carried out on Forward Fleet aircraft that are also used for Operational purposes. It is not therefore possible to identify aircraft used solely for training.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 26 January 2009, Official Report, column 37W, which provided the numbers of helicopters in the Forward Fleet.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average number of aircraft of each type available for training purposes was in each year since 2001. (251706)

I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my letter in the Library of the House.