An exhilarating flight in a microlight - speed, manoeuvrability and breathtaking views
Expert instruction from your qualified pilot
Take the controls of the microlight (at the pilot's discretion)
Can contribute towards flying time for a Private Pilot's Licence for microlights
A trip on one of these nippy, lightweight little microlights is about as close as it gets to being a bird. It's a thrilling experience which requires steady nerves and a head for heights! Start with a short briefing from a qualified instructor, before hopping into a dual-controlled microlight. There are two types of microlight: 'flex wing', based on the frame of a hang glider; or 'fixed wing', which is similar to a traditional light aircraft. Get immersed in the speed and manoeuvrability of this little craft, and during the flight, the instructor will hand over the controls. If you get a taste for it, the flying time can count towards a microlight Private Pilot's Licence.
Operational dates vary, the Lincolnshire venue usually offers selected weekend dates, North Devon runs from February to October, including public holidays and in Nottinghamshire, Hampshire and Scotland flights operate everyday.
Maximum weight is 14-17 stone and minimum age is 12-16 (dependant on venue). Under 18's must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who'll be required to sign a disclaimer. Women in either the first or the last three months of pregnancy can't fly.
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 for around 60 minutes.
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Briefings may be shared, but the 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.
This 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.