Pound Sterling (£)

What sort of person flies a microlight?

You don't have to be a mad, eccentric, outrageous adventurer to fly a microlight aircraft. Although sometimes portrayed  as the aviation equivalent of lunacy by the press and misled popular opinion this is far from the truth. We can all take a joke, but seriously, most microlighters are just normal people who enjoy flying and have found that microlight aircraft are affordable to own and fly, and fulfil a lifetime dream of being able to take a different view of the world.

As you can imagine these people, who are doctors, accountants, builders, driving instructors, IT developers, mechanical engineers, carpet layers, stone masons, Local Authority Officers, farmers, photographers, business consultants, priests, members of the armed forces, comedians, school children, students and so many other occupations, respect their health and have the sense to fly well constructed, tried and tested microlight aircraft. See the picture to the right of a microlight instructor seminar. No members of the Monster Raving Loony Party here.

We do of course have adventurers. Our members have flown microlights to Australia, around the World and over Everest. There are very few parts of the globe that a British microlight pilot has not flown over. We have multiple World and European Microlight Champions and we are proud to say that in the world of microlight competition the British team has a fantastic success rate bringing home lots of medals every time they compete.

Although The Royal Bodyguard, David Jason, recently pretended to land a “lawn mower powered hang glider” on a roof in a comedy programme, what he was actually filmed pretending to fly was a microlight with a 80 horse power, 1200 cc, engine that has proved to be so reliable that they are now also used in light aircraft and small helicopters. A similar aircraft has been flown around the world, 24,000 miles, including across the Atlantic. A far cry from the comic lawn mower or “chain saw powered deckchair”. See the picture to the right of a real microlight engine! The lawn mower is at the bottom.

So, you don’t have to be a nutter to fly a microlight, and we only use lawn mower engines to mow the runway.

Give it a go, find out for yourself.

Our website makes use of non-invasive (no personal data) cookies to provide you with an enhanced user experience. By continuing to use the site, you consent to this.Close More
The UK Law now requires us to get consent from you for the use of cookies.

A cookie is a small file containing text and numbers generated by the website and passed from your browser back to our website when you revisit the site.

A cookie is used here to allow you to navigate the site, log in etc. Without this cookie (called a session cookie), this site would not work properly and so this has already been set.

We use a popular statistics tool called Google Analytics which uses non invasive cookies to allow us to find out how effective our marketing is, based on referencing how you got to our website (search engine, direct, or from another site etc).

We use an animation based rotating image which uses a cookie to know which image was last displayed so that as you move from page to page you are not seeing the same image every time.

We can also make use of third party services such as video clip players which can set cookies, for example to enable them to know that you part played a video clip previously, or to store customised settings such as brightness or volume. Close