Written answers

Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Department of Defence

Defence Forces Training

Duncan Smith (Dublin Fingal, Labour)
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358. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the estimated length of time it takes to fully train an Air Corps pilot; the number of pilots; and the number that are currently in training. [40307/20]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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The military authorities have advised that the projected training timelines for personnel to achieve their Military Pilots Wings is, on average, 36 months. This encompasses all aspects of training from induction to graduation including 10 months military training in the Cadet School. There are currently 89 qualified pilots in the Air Corps with an additional 28 personnel at various stages of training.

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