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Old 7th Apr 2016, 09:48
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Join Date: Jul 2000
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Last August the Air Commodore told me categorically that civilian staff would not be pressured into taking up NCO / officer status. Her words being along the lines of 'rather have them happy in civvies than miserable in blue'.

Admittedly this was for staff on ATC squadrons, but surely the sentiment stays the same.
I heard that the "must be in uniform to fly" rule was (yet another) MAA diktat.

Apart from the special case of contractors' personnel (before anyone mentions MFTS) you have to be in uniform apparently to fly military aircraft. And the VGS fleet are just that; unlike the Tutors they don't even have a "shadow" civvy registration.....
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