Virginia Crosbie MP cuts ground for new flight training facilities at RAF Valley

Left to Right Geoff Adams, Jon Cowdry, Virginia Crosbie MP, Sean Fenner

Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie has broken ground at the construction site for new training facilities at RAF Valley following a £175 million UK government investment at the base.

The new building is part of a contract uplift given to Ascent Flight Training for the Ministry of Defence’s Basic Flying Training operation.

It will house new simulators and additional instructors to grow Ascent’s capacity to train additional aircrew over the coming years.

The contract will mean 20 new jobs at the base – an additional 11 flying instructors and nine engineering roles. Basic flying training capacity will increase from 36 to 53 students per year from 2024.

The deal also includes four new Texan T6 aircraft, which were delivered last year.

“I was absolutely delighted to cut the ribbon to start work on this amazing investment in our pilot training right here at RAF Valley,” said Virginia.

“In these uncertain times, having this infrastructure is vital to our national interest and future military capability. I look forward to the building taking shape and being an important part of our defence assets.

“Many thanks to Ascent for all the work it does training our pilots, for its commitment to Anglesey and for inviting me here to conduct this ceremony.”

Ascent’s general manager at RAF Valley Jon Cowdry said: “It was a pleasure to host our local MP, Virginia Crosbie together with our RAF and Defence Equipment and Support customers for this milestone event here at RAF Valley. 

“Fantastic to see us collectively supporting the local Anglesey economy, and we are extremely grateful to the support we receive locally.”

Pilots who graduate from the training scheme at RAF Valley will be qualified to operate the UK’s most advanced combat aircraft such as the F-35 Lightning and Typhoon.

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