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Helicopters: Training

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 219942, tabled on 6 January 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the existing MoD or private sites with helicopter simulation facilities are; which services use such sites; and what the annual operating cost of each such site is.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

14 January 2015

A list of those Ministry of Defence establishments at which helicopter flight simulators are based is provided below. For the purposes of this answer, I have interpreted helicopter simulation facilities to mean only full-motion flight simulators.

In addition to helicopter simulation, each establishment undertakes a range of defence activities and the full annual operating cost of each establishment could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Name of Establishment


RAF Benson


MOD Boscombe Down1

Empire Test Pilots School

RNAS Culdrose

Royal Navy

Army Aviation Centre - Middle Wallop


RAF Shawbury


RAF Valley

Royal Air Force

RNAS Yeovilton

Royal Navy and Army



1 - A generic flight simulator that can be configured to represent a helicopter.

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