If other organisations are willing to allow members to fly with non military providers it doesn’t reflect well on us. I am pretty certain they will have looked at all the risks involved and seen little or no difference in terms of risk to the military option where that is open to them.
I tend to think that the RAF fear allowing us to source flying outside the military in case we found it more convenient, less aggro and the cadets get a better experience. Which we can’t have can we … cadets enjoying themselves.
As time goes on we seem to have become increasingly risk averse for no real reason than being risk averse. We’re even supposed to get permission to do things just outside the compound for no real reason whatsoever. Our CO has tried to sell / defend the Corps’ positon to parents and as they don’t really believe what they are trying to sell it there is no conviction in what they say.