FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

YOUR VISIT TO THE AIRFIELD:

You should find the answers to most questions here or on other pages of our website but if there is something we haven’t covered just drop us an e mail, phone or text.  Family and friends are welcome to come along and spectate but please ensure young children are supervised at all times. Well behaved dogs welcome but must be kept on a lead and under close control at all times; Just wear sensible clothing on the day and dress as if you were going for a walk. The Fixed-wing aircraft has an enclosed cockpit so is well protected from the elements for the flexwing we supply you with a thermal flying suit and gloves to keep you warm as toast. The WeatherOur aim is to give you a memorable flight for all the right reasons so it is sometimes necessary to cancel your flight due to the weather. Sometimes the weather on the ground can be quite pleasant but at 1000+ it can be a very different story!  We may actually be flying even though we have cancelled your flight, This is because we have to train student pilots in an advanced stage of training to fly in less than perfect conditions so that they are prepared for all eventualities once they get their pilots licence.
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AM I TOO OLD / YOUNG TO FLY?

You are never too old as long as you are reasonably fit and medically sound. As for too young…  You have to be 14 years old to have your hours logged into a log book to work towards a licence.

WHAT ARE THE MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS?

The NPPL medical certification can be made by a Pilot Medical Declaration made on-line on the Civil Aviation Authority web site. This is a self-declaration system.  

HOW FAST CAN I GO?

The older designed microlights have an average speed of 55-60 mph cruise speed, however the latest ‘super ships’ are averaging 80 – 120 mph in the cruise!  

HOW FAR CAN I TRAVEL?

This depends on several different factors, (2 people have flown around the world) Trips abroad are common and range is dependant on aircraft type 350 to 500 miles can be obtained in a modern microlight

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO LEARN TO FLY?

This answer is open to debate and all depends on you. How often you get to fly, your dedication to learn, the instructors availability will all influence the time it takes to learn and therefore the cost. But on average a licence will cost approx £3000 – £5000.

CAN I FLY ABROAD?

Yes, the majority of Europe now recognises the UK NPPL microlight licence. 

HOW SAFE IS A MICROLIGHT?

Microlight are very safe due to stringent testing and approval.  Plus each aircraft has annual inspection, test flight for it’s permit to fly.

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WHAT ARE THE WEATHER LIMITATIONS FOR MICROLIGHT FLYING?

Microlights are best flown in light winds, up to 15 knots, with good visibility.  But can be flown in more challenging conditions with time and experience. 

WHAT SHOULD I BRING ON THE DAY OF MY FLIGHT?

Dependant on type of aircraft and weather, dress as if going for a walk, good shoes and jacket recommended.  If you bring a camera so you can take photos in flight, make sure it has a way of attaching a safety strap – many mobiles phones don’t!

WHAT HAPPENS IF THE ENGINE STOPS?

Nothing dramatic, the aircraft glides and a  landing is made into the nearest suitable field.