HC Deb 03 July 1990 vol 175 c498W
Mr. French

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is the total number of air hours flown in United Kingdom airspace for the last three years for which figures are available by(a) commercial and (b) private aircraft.

Mr. McLoughlin

The figures are not available in precisely the form requested, but the most likely numbers are given in the table.

The commercial aircraft figures relate to aircraft of more than 2,300 kg mass. The private aircraft figures are for United Kingdom-registered aircraft only, but for all flying including that flown outside United Kingdom airspace.

Commercial Private
1987 606,000 800,000
1988 655,000 876,000
1989 706,000 991,000

Mr. French

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many private pilots are currently registered in the United Kingdom.

Mr. McLoughlin

The Civil Aviation Authority has issued 55,135 private aeroplane licences and 2,203 private helicopter licences. However, the CAA has no knowledge of how many of these licence holders are currently exercising the privileges of the licences.

Mr. French

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents for each of the last three years have involved aircraft flown by private pilots.

Mr. Atkins

Not all accident reports indicate the type of licence held by the pilot. A flight which is clearly a private flight may well be flown by the holder of a commercial licence and conversely many private aircraft are registered in the public transport category so that they can be flown on payment by, for example, other club private pilots. Taking these points into consideration, the safety data analysis unit of the CAA believes that the following table represents the accidents involving pilots with private or student licences.

Accidents involving United Kingdom registered aircraft flown by pilots with private or student licences
Fatal accidents Total accidents
1987 19 137
1988 11 165
1989 11 203
Accidents to foreign registered aircraft in United Kingdom airspace flown by private licence holders
1987 2 3
1988 1 2
1989 1 1

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