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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.
I couldn't fault the choice of microlight. The overhead wings meant the views on this sunny day were un-impaired and when I eventually flew the plane via the central joystick it was very responsive and a lot of fun. I found the experience in this plane very exciting.
The instructor, however, was less interested in the experience. I didn't get a pre-flight briefing and he wasn't too cheerful throughout.
But it wouldn't put me off doing it again as the plane's the star!
I would highly recommend having a go at this one of the best experiences i have had .
I have never had such an exciting, exhilarating, rewarding experience in 67 yrs. on planet Earth! Anybody could do it, everybody should do it! I landed a couple of hours ago, but haven't come down to earth yet! Fabulous ride from a quality company NEVER to be forgotten!
I have never had such an exciting, rewarding, exhilarating experience! in 67 yrs. on planet Earth! Anybody could do it, everybody should do it. I landed a couple of hours ago, but I haven't come down to earth yet! Amazing ride from a superb company!
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 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.
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