RAF Volunteer Reserve

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 11th June 2015.

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Photo of Madeleine Moon Madeleine Moon Labour, Bridgend

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civilian pilots were serving in the Royal Air Force Reserves in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Julian Brazier Julian Brazier The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Whilst Reservists' occupations are recorded, this does not capture those Reservists with civilian pilot qualifications who are not employed as civilian pilots. The information requested is therefore not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The RAF has 26 Volunteer Reserve pilots and 14 Sponsored Reserve pilots who work full time for AirTanker working as both civilian and RAF pilots depending on whether they are flying the civilian or military registered Voyager aircraft.

In addition there are 66 full time Reserve Service pilots.

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