HC Deb 15 October 1952 vol 505 c173
6. Dr. Bennett

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty what arrangements he provides for the training of naval helicopter pilots

Commander Noble

All naval helicopter pilot training is carried out, at present, at the Royal Naval Air Station, Gosport. Courses last 12 weeks and each pilot does approximately 75 hours flying, which includes practice in landing and taking off from an aircraft carrier.

Dr. Bennett

In view of the obviously increasing importance, and recognition of the importance, of helicopters for naval warfare, is my hon. and gallant Friend satisfied that the establishment for training these pilots, who will no doubt be required in great numbers, is adequate?

Commander Noble

Yes, I think that the present training arrangements are adequate for our present requirements. I remember my hon. Friend raising this matter on the Navy Estimates when he asked whether the R.N.V.R. could be considered in this matter, and I can assure him that we have taken fully into consideration the potentialities of that Reserve.

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