Recent questions in Parliament have brought to light concerns regarding delays in the Forces flying training programme.
Andrew Rosindell, Conservative MP for Romford, sought clarity on the measures taken to address these delays.
In response, James Heappey, the Minister of State for the Ministry of Defence, outlined the ongoing efforts by the Royal Air Force to manage and improve the UK Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS). He stated:
“The Royal Air Force manages the UK Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) on behalf of Defence and constantly reviews flying training pipeline performance.”
Heappey emphasised the approach the ministry is adopting to balance the need for new pilots with the training process. He further elucidated the measures taken:
“In addressing training delays, end-to-end training pipeline measures are considered, as well as working with allies and partners to examine whether UK pilots could be trained overseas and where we might pool our resources to mutual benefit.”
Over the past year, efforts to improve the UKMFTS training pipelines have been significant. Heappey highlighted:
“…improvements across the UKMFTS flying training pipelines have included: increasing UKMFTS trainee throughput by improving syllabi, training delivery and course sequencing; while also maximising use of pilots being trained on the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training programme in the USA, and a three year agreement with the International Flight Training School in Italy for provision of some training places.“