Simply put, the UAS are still flying do business as usual.
The closure of 10 AEF is not on the cards.
10 AEF is not operating fully.
The cost to keep it open is negligible. We have no OC. All our pilots are volunteers. I am a volunteer. The aircraft are being used by the UAS as well as our pilots and are owned by Babcock which supply them as part of the LAFT contract.
Most of the Woodvale fleet has already been utilised elsewhere as we do not have the requirement for a fleet of 7 airframes however, once we are back up and running, the 4 aircraft will be recovered and we will be back running as 'normal'.
I'm not sure of your back ground or current position with the ACO but you have to remember that the majority of AEF pilots get paid less that an ACO Flt Lt after tax, plus they travel on average an hour and a half to come to Woodvale to fly your cadets for less that £50 a day for up to 10 hours. So cost per hour is pretty good value for money. I'd like to see an ACO Sqn officer travel and hour and a half to go to his Sqn. Personally I have a 60 mile round trip to Woodvale and do it twice a week if I can.
You talk about re-positioning pilots to other AEFs. If the likes of Cosford or Linton were closer for them, don't you think they would go there instead of come to us? Chances are, rather than utilising them elsewhere, they would probably leave and no one would be any better off.
Plus, where do the 4500 cadets that we look after go? I'm pretty sure that both Cosford and Linton wouldn't be able to take up the slack.