To fly a microlight aircraft you need a National Private Pilots Licence (NPPL), with ‘Microlight’ type rating. This is gained by doing a microlight course with a qualified instructor at a microlight school, in accordance with a CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) syllabus of training and requires a minimum of 25 hours flying time.
Flying lessons are booked as a two-hour slot that allows for one hour flying and time for briefing and debriefing.
Your microlight training can be done in a way to suit you. The pre-paid lesson rate gives you a discount on the standard hourly rate when you purchase a pack of 5 lessons. Whether you are starting from scratch, getting back into flying, or need a little extra confidence building, we can make a programme to suit you. Training can be as little as £80 per hour when using your own aircraft.
What we Fly
Flexwing microlights have a “hang glider” shaped wing with a trike unit below, containing the engine, seats and landing gear. Flexwings are open cockpit aircraft, exposed to the elements, with either two seats (passenger seated behind the pilot) or a single seat. They are steered by the pilot moving the trike unit from side to side and forward and aft.
A sports light aircraft (also known as a three-axis) resembles a conventional light aeroplane in both looks and control systems. They are not as weather restricted as flexwing microlights and have a closed cockpit (and the luxury of a cabin heater!).
Single Seat De-Regulation (SSDR) has opened up access to many wonderful flying machines to the solo microlight licence holder. There is the possibility of further cross-credit routes to a microlight licence from hang glider and paraglider power ratings
The requirements to get the microlight licence are:
- a minimum of 25 hours total flying time including 10 hours solo
- two qualifying cross country flights of 40 nautical miles
- a General Flying Test
- an oral exam
- 5 multiple-choice exams:
- Principles of flight
- Air law
- Human factors
The above licence requirements are minimum flying hours and do not guarantee a pass; everyone learns at different rates and the time it takes to qualify varies.
All Microlight aircraft have to be built by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approved companies to rigorous airworthiness standards. Recent statistics from the CAA showed microlight aircraft to be the safest form of private aviation in the UK. However any aircraft is only as safe as the pilot who files it, therefore thorough training and common sense are both vital in the making of a safe pilot.
Almost everyone! Maximum pilot weight is around 90 Kg and the minimum age to start is 14. Solo flights can be made from age 16, and a licence can be held from 17. There is no maximum age – one of our students, Eric, gained his microlight licence on his 80th birthday!
There are two general routes to follow for training:
- On the school aircraft
- On your own aircraft
Using a school aircraft is the most convenient method, there is no need to outlay the cost of an aircraft to learn to fly, and during the initial lessons, you may decide that the sport is not for you. However once convinced that you do want to continue, having your own or a part share of an aircraft to train on will save you a considerable sum of money. In addition, your aeroplane is always available, at times a school aircraft may not be.
Courses and Costs
PRICES (include VAT):
USING SCHOOL AIRCRAFT
Trial lesson 1 hour (Includes an additional briefing and debriefing, total lesson time approx. 2 hours)
Trial lesson 30 minutes (allow total lesson time approx. 1 hour)
5 hour lesson pack
USING YOUR OWN AIRCRAFT
Own aircraft dual tuition per hour
Solo supervision per hour
GROUND TUITION AND EXAM CHARGES
Ground school individual tuition per hour (Reduced rates for group ground-school)
Written exam charges per paper
General Skills Test (in addition to aircraft hourly rate)
Annual club membership of £120 is required please call the office for more information.
Each flying lesson is booked as a two-hour slot that allows for one hour flying and time for briefing and debriefing. In order to get the required day and time, it is best to book as far in advance as possible. Weekends tend to be more popular, so book early!
We ask that if for some reason you have to cancel that you let us know as soon as possible in order that someone may take over your slot. Failure to turn up without cancelling may result in you being charged.
Other Services available
- Conversion courses
- Skills refresher courses
- Advanced flying courses (ask for more details)
Aircraft and Accessories
We are main dealers for several types of U.K. approved microlight aircraft and also database a large number of used aircraft available for sale. Talk to us for details.
We have a large stock of accessories and Personal flying equipment