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Military Aircraft: Training

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN HL13817, tabled on 18 February 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 12 September 2016 (HL1529), whether the Ascent Flight Training programme is fully up and running; how many fixed-wing jet trainees have graduated since 2016; and whether Ascent has been fined since 2015.

Answered on

27 February 2019

All elements of the UK Military Flying Training System are due to be fully up and running by mid-2020, although training has been under way on the Fast Jet and Rear Crew training pipelines since 2012.

To date, a total of 147 fixed wing jet trainees have graduated from the Ascent Flight Training programme since 2016. Ascent has not been 'fined' by the Authority or any external agencies. However, under the terms of its contract with the Ministry of Defence, Ascent has been subject to some payment deductions since 2015 for provision of services not fully meeting requirements. In addition, Ascent has received deductions from its Training Service Availability Payments for late delivery of assets and forgone a percentage of course completion incentive fees for late delivery of training courses.