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Microlights in Manchester

Barton Aerodrome, Eccles

• Microlighting lessons from Manchester Barton
• Flights in a flex wing open cockpit microlight
• Fly with Mark a highly experienced pilot adventurer
• Your chance to take control during your lesson

What's Included

• Take a lesson in a flex wing microlight
• Ground briefing and explanation of the aircraft
• Learn how the controls influence the flight of the aircraft
• Opportunity to take the controls and fly the microlight for part of the flight
• Choose from a 30 or 60 minute lesson
• Thermal flying suits, helmets, headsets, balaclavas and gloves are provided

What Can I Expect

The sky is your new playground when you go microlighting in Manchester! Barton Aerodrome is home for microlight maestro Mark and his flexwing P&M aviation microlights. This is the premier microlighting school in the North West and being just a short hop from Manchester this centre is well-placed and easy to get to. So what are you waiting for, it's time to go microlighting!

Manchester/Barton (or Manchester City Airport as it was formerly known) was purpose-built in the late 1920s and is one of the country's largest General Aviation airports. Before and after WW2, several scheduled flights operated out of City Airport and although it's more microlights and other light aircraft today, the vestiges of Barton's bustling past remain with the Grade II listed control tower, terminal building and hangar - all of which you'll get to see with a front-row seat in your microlight with Mark!

Mark is hugely experienced when it comes to flying these flex wing machines. When he's not zooming around the skies of Manchester, he and his trusty Quik microlight are off doing things like Around Great Britain races, flying from John o'Groats to Land's End and back again, or even setting altitude records as the first person to fly a microlight over Kilimanjaro at a (literally) breathtaking 24,262ft.

So as you can see, you'll be in highly experienced hands for your micolighting out of city airport. And as well as flying over the sights of Eccles, Trafford Park and beyond to the bright lights of Manchester, your microlight flight will also serve as your very first pilot lesson. That means you won't just be a passenger on these experiences, you'll get to have a go at the controls and actually fly too.

As Mark himself says, the P&M Quik flex wing microlight is the perfect aircraft for training as it is a 'superb light, yet positive-handling and stable all-rounder with novices'! What will most certainly rub off on you during your 30 or 60 minute lesson is Mark's utter enthusiasm for his sport. And as he says, it's all about that wonderful sense of freedom, as you're sure to agree when you get to meet and fly in one of these marvellous microlights in Manchester!


• Weekdays and weekends throughout the year
• All flights are subject to availability and weather conditions


• City Airport (Barton), Eccles, Manchester

Suitable For

• Minimum age 14
• Under 18s must be accompanied on the airfield by an adult
• Maximum weight 15.5 stone (100kgs)


• Spectators are welcome

Anything Else

• Participants should call to check the weather conditions on the morning of their flight
• If the weather is not suitable, flights will be rebooked for a mutually convenient date
• Hot/cold food and drinks can be purchased from the onsite 'Runway 26' cafe and bar


5 out of 5 stars

Average Rating: 5
Total Reviews: 3
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  based on 3 reviews

Rating: 5 stars
John Morris
5 Months ago
An excellent experience. Mark explained everything, and, was more than helpful and informative once...
Rating: 5 stars
Peter pearson
Did microlight flight for an hour from city airport a great experience with a knowledgable friendly...
Rating: 5 stars
Robert Thomas
Fantastic experience. Couldn’t fault it.