A National Private Pilot Licence(NPPL) Microlight licence is required to fly microlights and can be gained by training with a qualified flying instructor in accordance with a BMAA / CAA (civil aviation authority) syllabus of training. The minimum requirements are, 25 hours total flying time to include, 10 hours solo consolidation including two qualifying cross country flights of 40 nautical miles or one cross country 100 nautical miles.
A restricted licence is available with reduced requirements, 15 hours total flying time to include, 7 hours solo flying. This will limit you to flying in the local area. In either case you will need to pass a General skills Test (GST) and an oral exam. In addition to this you will need to pass 5 multiple choice exams in the following subjects;
This may all sound like hard work but in practice it is fascinating and fun. A microlight licence is simpler than a conventional aircraft licence and can be gained in approximately 2/3rds the flying time and 1/2 the cost.
If you decide that you want to learn how to fly microlights, you will embark on a course of lessons, consisting of practical flight tuition and briefings and debriefings. These will cover handling the aircraft in straight and level flight, turns, climbing and descending, stalls and, most importantly, the art of safe landings in a variety of conditions.
Once your instructor feels that you are completely safe to do so, you will take the big step of ‘going solo’ this experience will have you smiling from ear to ear with satisfaction of what you have achieved so far.
After that you need to do at least 10 hours’ solo flying, practising all the exercises you learned with your instructor, with further dual training to cover navigation and more advanced exercises. You then do cross-country flights involving landings at other sites, which again will give you a terrific sense of satisfaction.
After you have completed a minimum of 25 hours of training, including your 10 solo hours, you are then ready for the big one, the General Skills Test (GST).
As well as your GST and oral exam you will also take multiple choice exams on the following subjects: Air Technical, Air Law, Navigation, Meteorology and Human Factors.
Once you have passed these exams you can apply for your pilot’s licence and once received, you can take passengers (impress all your friends!) and join in the various trips about the country, and beyond, which are organised.