§ Mr. Dudley Smith
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will state his policy as to the number of hours per week permitted for flying training from Royal Air Force stations near to urban areas; how many evenings per week night flying practice is permitted from those stations; and at what hour the flying practice ceases.
§ Mr. Reynolds
The extent of the flying training undertaken at each R.A.F. station depends upon the type and rôle of the aircraft operating there. Night flying is an essential element of R.A.F. flying training and is completed as early as the available hours of darkness and weather conditions permit. Where R.A.F. stations are located close to urban areas flightpaths used during training have been modified to avoid flying over urban areas at low level to the maximum extent compatible with flight safety and effective training.