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Air Force: Manpower

Volume 494: debated on Wednesday 17 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) inflow and (b) outflow rate was of RAF pilot crew for each aircraft type in the most recent period for which figures are available. (279957)

The following table shows intakes and outflows of RAF pilots (three year average to FY2007-08).

Intake

Aircraft type

Number

Fast Jet

40

Rotary Wing

50

Multi Engine

40

Total

130

Intakes are Into Productive Service flows, personnel flowing from untrained to trained strength.

Outflow

Aircraft type

Outflow

Percentage rate

Fast Jet

60

7

Rotary Wing

40

6

Multi Engine

70

9

Total

160

8

Outflows are of all pilots, including ranks of Wing Commander and above who are classified as belonging to the General Duties branch, and therefore not all will be flying aircraft when they leave the service.

Rates are a percentage of average trained strength as at 1 April for relevant three years.