Microlighting is the most lightweight way to fly with an engine (apart from motor hang gliding). A microlight is an aeroplane with no more than two seats which offers an easy way to fly in relative comfort.
An average 2000ft flying height and maximum speed of 60mph provides great views of the surrounding countryside. The instructor will handle the take off and climb but there may be the opportunity to perform basic flight manoeuvres such as turning, climbing and descending.
- Can operate from any suitable grass field
- Economical to operate
- Stored in a garage
- Cold in winter
- Weather dependent
Training & Qualifications
A Private Pilot’s License (PPL) is required to fly a microlight in the UK. To remain valid a polot must fly at least five hours every 13 months. A medical is also required although this is not as rigorous as that required to fly light aircraft.
A microlight is a simple light-weight airplane which can carry a maximum of two people and take off and land in a very short space (usually less than 100m). You will requiior and insulated flying suit, helmet with intercom and warm clothing.