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.