• Fly in your choice of a fixed wing Ikarus C42 or flex wing Quantum 912 microlight
• A pre-flight safety briefing and aircraft check
• Sit in tandem with the pilot and learn how to control the aircraft using the triangular control bar
• Your instructor will take you up to a height of around 2000 feet at speeds of 50-60 mph
• You will get the chance to take the controls and fly the aircraft
• Spectacular views across the Kent countryside
• Presentation of a souvenir flight certificate
What Can I Expect
Next to the River Medway and River Thames, just north of Rochester the microlights fly free above north Kent! This is a wonderful part of the country to take a microlight lesson, as there are big vistas to be had over the Kentish countryside and coastline.
We are offering 20, 40 and 60-minute flights in both fixed wing and flexi wing microlights out of this airfield near Rochester. It’s owned and operated by Greg Burns and his team, who reckoned this tranquil location at Middle Stoke was the perfect place for microlight experiences and training. And a cool little anecdote, Greg's passion for flying started with a trial lesson he received as a Christmas present!
Microlights need far less runway to take off and land than your standard light aircraft. That’s why this grass airstrip tucked away at the end of a country lane in north Kent is just right for microlighting. It’s uncontrolled airspace too, so you won’t be hanging around for a slot from Air Traffic Control.
As for the microlights operating out of Middle Stoke, you’ve got the choice between flex and fixed wing. If you go for the ‘back to basics’ flex wing flight, you’ll be getting airborne in a Quantum 912, one of the most popular models of ‘trike’-style open cockpit microlights amongst aviators.
If you don’t fancy this stripped-down version of microlighting, you can go for a fixed wing experience instead. You’ll be soaring the skies in an Ikarus C42, the most popular and best-performing fixed wing microlight. It looks just like a plane and behaves just like a plane too, so you’ll be in a closed cockpit, sitting alongside your instructor pilot. You’ve not got that ‘open to the elements’ feel, but it does offer an altogether different take on the microlighting experience.
Whether you choose a 20, 40 or 60-minute flight, each one starts with a full briefing and introduction to the aircraft and a talk on the basic controls. Then you're ready to head off into the Kentish skies above Rochester in your microlight.
• The flying school is open 7 days a week throughout the year and can usually fly in a wide range of weather conditions
• Should you be unfortunate enough to be beaten by the weather an alternative date can be arranged
• The microlight school welcomes anyone from 14-90
• Maximum weight is 15 stone (95 kg)
• The airfield boasts a friendly clubhouse offering briefing facilities and refreshments for visitors
Anything Else I Need To Know?
• Stoke airfield is around 8 miles North East of Rochester