Flight Plans

Defence written question – answered on 22nd March 2005.

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Photo of James Arbuthnot James Arbuthnot Shadow Secretary of State (Trade and Industry), Shadow Minister (Trade and Industry)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in what circumstances ranks higher than Flight Lieutenant in the RAF would have been required to approve flight plans prior to June 1994.

Photo of Adam Ingram Adam Ingram Minister of State (Armed Forces), Ministry of Defence

Navigation, training or transit sorties (including low level) have not, in the last 30 years, required specific approval by an officer above Flight Lieutenant rank. However, plans for sorties involving multi-aircraft formations conducting air combat manoeuvring or low level evasion training typically require authorisation by an officer of Squadron Leader rank or higher; this requirement has been in place for many years and remains unchanged to date.

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