Can anyone learn to fly?
Yes. Microlight pilots are a real mixture of all types and from all walks of life. There is no sex, age or other discrimination, just a passion for flying.
Is there an age limit?
You can start learning to fly when you’re just 14 years old. To fly solo in a microlight you must be at least 16, and to get a pilot’s licence, you have to be over 17. There is no upper age limit, as long as you can pass the very basic medical requirements.
How many hours do I need to fly before I can go solo?
The very minimum, assuming no previous experience, is about 10 hours, although even experience flying model planes can reduce this number. Most pilots fly between 12 and 25 hours before the instructor is satisfied that you are both ready, and going to enjoy the experience.
What sort of licence do I get?
Microlight pilots have Private Pilot’s Licences, issued by the Civil Aviation Authority, just like any other light plane or helicopter pilot. The licence is called the NPPL (National Private Pilots Licence), and is restricted to flying microlights only.
How many hours do I need before I’m qualified?
The minimum hours before you can be awarded an NPPL is 15 for a restricted licence (for local flying only) or 25 for the unrestricted licence. Most pilots take longer than this – probably an average of about 40 hours, depending on weather as well as pilot ability.
Is flying addictive?
Once I’ve got my licence, what can I fly?
This is where microlights really score over most other forms of aviation. You can buy into a syndicate (sharing an aircraft with like-minded people) or you can spend many happy hours browsing Afors looking for a bargain aircraft all of your own. We currently have a syndicate at our Redlands Airfield near Swindon which provides a very straightforward and cost effective way to continue your flying. Get in touch to find out more.