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Peak District Microlighting

Tatenhill Airfield, Staffordshire   

  • Closed cockpit & flex wing microlighting lessons
  • An exciting airfield with excellent facilities
  • Flights tailored to suit your interests
  • Great routes including the Peak District areas


What's Included

  • Flying lesson in your choice of flex-wing (open cockpit) or fixed-wing (closed cockpit) microlight 
  • Welcome introduction and safety briefing
  • 30, 45, 60 or 90 minute lessons are available
  • Opportunity to have involvement in selecting your route and to take the controls during the flight
  • Routes can include Staffordshire countryside and market towns, the Peak District National park and/or stately homes and historic houses
  • Opt for the 90 minute experience and you can also include The Dambusters Run (fixed wing closed cockpit flight only)

What Can I Expect

Take to the skies in either a light sport aircraft or the latest generation flex-wing microlight and see what these fantastic lightweight aircraft can do! Tatenhill is a great place to fly from, as there is so much to see from the air; from dramatic Peak District National Park scenery, to big country houses. 

If you opt for the light sports microlight, you’ll be taking off in a CTSW aircraft. Designed with an incredible power to weight ratio, this plane is sporty, nippy and highly manoeuvrable in the air. What is amazing is that, to look at it, the CTSW looks no different from a standard general aviation light aircraft, with a closed cockpit and high-wing, yet it is classed as a microlight!

Or if you want to experience the fantastic feel of the airflow on your body, go flex wing! You can choose to take a lesson in the P&M aviation GT-450, a modern, powerful open cockpit aircraft, giving amazing 360-degree views as you fly over Staffordshire and beyond.

As well as being given the chance to take the controls during your flight, all lessons are designed (as much as possible) around your interests and wishes. If you're a fan of grandiose castles, the instructor can take a flight path that includes flying over the likes of Chatsworth, Haddon Hall, Shugborough Hall and Bolsover Castle. If you love the landscapes of the Peak District, you could head over dales and moorlands towards Dovedale and Bakewell.

If you opt for the extended 90-minute microlighting lesson out of Tatenhill, you might like to head further afield to lift the lid on 617 Squadron's famous Dam Busters training programme over the Derwent and Ladybower reservoirs and the magnificent Hope Valley.

Your instructor, Sandie, has been flying since 1999 and became an instructor in 2003. She is passionate about flying and loves instructing in her fixed and flex-wing microlights over the Peak District and Staffordshire countryside.


  • Available weekdays and weekends throughout the year
  • Please note all flights subject to availability and weather dependent


  • Tatenhill Airfield, Staffordshire

Suitable For

  • Minimum age 14
  • Under 18s must be accompanied on the airfield by an adult
  • Maximum weight 15 stones 10lbs (100kg)
  • You may not fly if you are pregnant or under the influence of alcohol or drugs


  • Family and friends are welcome to come along and watch
  • The onsite cafe has great views across the airfield


Average Rating 5
Total Reviews 4
Recommend to Friend 3
about 5 years ago
I really enjoyed my flight with Sandie. Being able to fly over where I lived made it extra special.
Jayne Abel
about 5 years ago
The experience was brilliant sandie the pilot was very welcoming and friendly recommend this to any.
Dean Shingler
about 5 years ago
Outstanding, this is the best word to describe the flying experience with Sandie. We arranged to meet at the airfield and after initial introductions Sandies first real question was 'what do you want to get out of today and where do you want to go?' this was a truly personal experience. For me I really wanted to head up into the Peak District National Park so that is what we did. Once in the air Sandie explained the controls and then the lesson started with a series of turns. So off we headed up to into the peak towards the Ladybower reservoirs which was used to train the Dam Busters. AMAZING. All of the time I was at the controls learning the feel of the Plane and how responsive it is. After leaving The Dams, Sandie asked what else I would like to see so off we went to Chatsworth House. Sandie took the controls to do 2 nice wide laps so I could take photos and the we started back to Tatenhill to conclude an awesome flying experience! Would I recommend it?? Well put it like this, I got home a Googled 'Planes for sale'!!
Paul Hunt
about 6 years ago
I had a microlight flight with Sandy at Tatenhill Airfield. I really enjoyed it. She knew a lot about the plane and explained the controls and how it differs from a GA plane. She was punctual and friendly. I got a good introduction into microlight flying
Rosemary Clemo
flex wing micro
Peak District Microlighting
30 Minute Microlight Lesson
Total Price£85.00
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