Light Aeroplane Clubs.

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Aviation. – in the House of Commons on 12th February 1941.

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Photo of Mr Oliver Simmonds Mr Oliver Simmonds , Birmingham Duddeston

asked the Secretary of State for Air what role he desires the light aeroplane clubs to fill in relation to our war effort in the air?

Photo of Sir Archibald Sinclair Sir Archibald Sinclair , Caithness and Sutherland

Before the war, the light aeroplane clubs filled a valuable role in stimulating a general interest in aviation and in helping to build up a potential of war-time pilots and aircrews. On the outbreak of war it was necessary, for R.A.F. operational reasons, to close down this branch of civil flying, but the resources of the clubs in aircraft, personnel and aerodromes have been and are being used to the fullest practicable extent in the prosecution of the war effort.

Photo of Mr Oliver Simmonds Mr Oliver Simmonds , Birmingham Duddeston

Are we to understand, therefore, that these clubs are to remain permanently closed down, at any rate during the period of hostilities?

Photo of Sir Archibald Sinclair Sir Archibald Sinclair , Caithness and Sutherland

Yes, Sir, I think that, in all probability, that will be the case. My hon. Friend will remember that civil flying was prohibited at the beginning of the war under the Air Navigation (Restrictions in Time of War) Order, 1939.