Air Force: Training

Ministry of Defence written question – answered at on 19 April 2024.

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Photo of Nick Smith Nick Smith Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 16 April 2024 to Question 20584 on Air Force: Training, what the average cost was of training a Royal Air Force pilot to Phase 2 Military Flying Training in the each of the training years between 2018-19 and 2023-24.

Photo of Leo Docherty Leo Docherty Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (Minister for the Armed Forces)

The average cost of flying training per trainee is not currently compiled on an annual basis. The last time in-depth cost modelling conducted was in Financial Year 2021-22.

The average cost of flying training for Royal Air Force (RAF) pilots in Financial Year 2021-22 was as follows:

RAF Fast Jet: £5,362,085

RAF Multi Engine: £ 953,817

RAF Rotary Wing: £1,041,843

The above figures include pay, support costs and costs within the UK Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) contract up to the point a trainee pilot commences training on a front line aircraft as part of an Operational Conversion Unit.

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