HC Deb 15 March 1920 vol 126 cc1820-1W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether, in view of the fact that there are many experienced ex-flying officers completely cut off from all flying, he will consider the possibility of the Air Ministry arranging for pilots holding the Royal Air Force graduation certificate and Air Ministry civilian flying licence, and who have had sufficient experience, say 200 hours' flying, to hire machines from certain aerodromes at reasonable charges, and so enable them, in the national interest, to preserve their flying knowledge?


The desirability of preserving the flying knowledge obtained during the War by officers now discharged, has not been lost sight of. The proposal made by my hon. Friend would be difficult to apply, but the object will, it is hoped, be attained by the opportunity which will be afforded to a number of such officers to join the Royal Air Force Reserve under the Regulations by which provision will be made for the necessary flying practice.