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Flying a microlight is an exhilarating experience - and one which needs strong nerves and a real head for heights! Begin with a short briefing from a qualified instructor, before hopping into a microlight. There are two types of microlight (both dual-controlled) - 'flex wing' - based on the frame of a hang glider; or 'fixed wing' - similar to a conventional light aircraft. Once airborne, experience the incredible speed and manoeuvrability of these little craft, with the instructor on hand to offer guidance and encouragement to participants to take over the controls and assume the role of honorary pilot. This flight time can also count towards a microlight Private Pilot's Licence.
Operational dates vary but generally venues run every weekend and some weekdays during the summer months and up to three dates a month (weekends and weekdays) throughout the rest of the year, with the exception of Hampshire which operatates seven days a week (excluding 24, 25 and 26 Dec).
Maximum weight is 14 to 17 stone and minimum age is 14 to 16, depending on venue. Under 18's must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who'll be required to sign a disclaimer.
Microlighting is a weather dependent activity and it is crucial that you call the venue for a weather check before setting out. If your flight is cancelled because of the weather, it will be re-booked for an alternative date or time.
The flight lasts 20 to 30 minutes.
Briefing might be shared, but your flight is held on a one-to-one basis with a qualified pilot.
Spectators are welcome to come along and watch you take off and land. A camera or a pair of binoculars will come in handy.
Most microlights have open cockpits, so wrap up warm. Sunglasses are recommended all year round.
Flying time can count towards a microlight private pilot's licence, for which you need 15 hours of dual control and 10 hours solo flying to qualify. Please be aware that this is quite a high adrenaline experience, not for the faint-hearted.
If you want to experience the thrill of flying then this is a great way to do it. The micro-lite is very easy to control and was much smoother than I expected (although I did do this on a relatively calm day!). The instructor was very professional, but pretty laid back too. What a great life they must have! I'd happily recommend this to anyone, even someone like me who's not great with heights. Plus you get a discount on a second person, so my wife had a great flight too.
I very much enjoyed the experience. The only down side was the long, potholed, muddy track down to the airfield.
A very exilerating experience, with a very friendly pilot. However if I were to do this again I would opt for the microlight without the canopy for that open air feel.
What a fantastic day...Mark the pilot at Flight 365 was great,explaining what was going on,local land sites and a bit of history of the area as well....I even had a go....Would recommend to all...Thanks
We chose the venue in Lincolnshire as we could visit the grandchildren at the same time. Lovely little airfield with a small cafe doing burgers toasties etc. Very enjoyable day and well organised.
Had a flight at bedford microlight centre. What a lovely venue. Such pleasant knowledgeable staff, owners are really welcoming and will do anything to help. Had a really great day.
Bought the experience for my father and he had an experience he will never forget. He opted for an enclosed cockpit and really loved it.
Great location (Upminster Essex). Staff was friendly and helpful. Pilot was a really nice guy. It was more of a flying lesson than an experience. Would go back and do it all again tomorrow!
I must admit I was more than a little apprehensive at the prospect of my long awaited Microlight Flight - kindly arranged for me by my Wife! However, I was immediately put at ease by my friendly Instructor who had a Devilish sense of humour (my Wife found him hilarious). I climbed into my Spaceman like protective suit and boarded the Microlight. We soared up to the clouds in no time and I soon realised I had nothing to fear and I felt relaxed and looked around as we flew over some of the areas landmarks such as Bolsover Castle and the Craggs of Nottinghamshire/South Yorkshire. A nice addition to the package was the chance to purchase a souvenir DVD - an offer I happily accepted - as I may never have another opportunity to do this again. I thought to ask some apt questions whilst in the air such as the height we had reached, the speed we were travelling at and the weather conditions. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and would readily do it again should I be given the chance.
I arranged the day for my grandson who is 14 years of age. We received a warm welcome by the pilot who accommodated us throughout the experience in a very informative and friendly manner. Although we were late arriving at the airfield due to unexpected traffic problems it did not detract from the experience from the pilot. My grandson thoroughly enjoyed the day and I cannot compliment the pilot and experience highly enough. Thank you.
Fantastic experience, well worth a try.
At first I was a bit apprehensive of the whole thing and you hear so many stories in the news, but once I was up I felt safer than in a plane going on holiday and now will learn to fly, but need to decide what.
I booked this on a whim after receiving a voucher for Xmas - but turned out I LOVED it so much fun and the ppl at the flying school were lovely too. Plus I got perfect weather - watching London from 2000 feet is quite the thrill. Feel very privileged to have done so
The booking process was really simple with Red Letter Days, contact was good and when I had a minor query it was dealt within within 10 minutes. Could not have received better service from Red Letter Days. Even after the sale had taken place I had a reminder about my booked experience. The microflight experience was a present for my husband. From arriving at Wickenby Airfield to leaving it was a fantastic day. My husband had nothing but praise for his pilot giving him an experience he will never forget, The pilot himself was very informative and knowledgable. Wickenby airfield is a lovely place with a lovely cafe with home made food and the best coffee. A very welcoming environment - will certainly be visiting again. The only problem was it was over much too quickly as it was so enjoyable. Thank you
Amazing experience, flying so free
The microlight session we had was absolutely amazing and the experience from the minute we arrived to the minute we left was fantastic. As for the instructor; well we couldn't have wished for one better, he was very friendly, professional and most definitely a people person. Would definitely recommend the Lancaster microlight experience.
What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Good instruction, very safe and exhilarating. Considering taking it up as a sport
One of the best experiences i've had. I want to do it again. I had a smile ear to ear during the whole experience and the instructors are so nice and friendly that you feel relaxed. And its true what they say time flies when your having fun.
Staff at the venue and the location were all very good, would have preferred a conventional microlight but still hugely enjoyed the flight. Many thanks to Red Letter Days for arranging it all.
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