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Microlighting Derbyshire

Darley Moor Airfield, Derbyshire   

• Fly with a microlight display pilot
• Flex & fixed wing microlights available
• See famous Derbyshire landmarks from the air
• Head off from Darley Moore Airfield in Ashbourne

What's Included

• You may take your lesson in either a fixed wing Ikarus C42 or flexi wing microlight
• Choose from a 20, 30, 40 or 60 minute flight duration
• A safety briefing and introduction to the aircraft and equipment used
• Once airborne you will be given the option to take the controls and fly the microlight yourself or simply sit back and enjoy the views
• Time flown can be counted towards a qualification

Ultimate Dambusters Experience
• Fly around the beautiful dams within the heart of Derbyshire
• Pre-flight briefing and navigation flight planning, picking out key areas of interest
• Assist the pilot with navigation to the dams, take control of the aircraft or sit back and enjoy the views
• Flight time of between 1-1.5 hours
• Once back at the airfield enjoy a glass of bubbly to celebrate your achievement
• Personalised flying certificate and photograph

What Can I Expect

Microlight flights in Derbyshire - where you'll be flying with champions! This venue isn't just an airfield, it's a veritable airpark with a whole host of aerial activities on offer, including this full range of flights in flex or fixed wing microlights flown by champions.

Chief Flying Instructor Chris Dawes and partner Judy are the flying force behind this Derbyshire microlight school. MBE holder Judy is world record breaker and world champion several times over. Judy loves teaching microlighting, hangliding and paragliding and has appeared on film and TV numerous times. Chris is a display pilot and world record holder who loves free flying and gets airborne in a variety of ways. Chris has also been on TV many times in the air, sits on the board of various aviation committees and trains and examines microlight pilots.

Chris and Judy alongside their microlight pilot colleagues here in Derbyshire have all clocked up many hours in the machines and are all CAA approved, so you're in very good hands for your flight.

The school has both types of microlight for you to choose between. Flexwing (or weight-shift/trike) microlights have a hang-glider shaped canopy and in the small open cockpit the pilot and passenger sit one behind the other. The fixed wing microlight is an Ikarus C42 that, despite looking like a conventional aeroplane, is still classed as a microlight as it's light, but the controls are very similar to a light aircraft, with the two seats side by side.

Flying out of Darley Moor Airfield, you've got a lovely area to fly over. Once airborne, you'll soon be spotting some of the most recognisable (and lovely) places such as Dove Dale, Ashbourne and Carsington Water. If you're keen on experiencing Derbyshire history from the air, we can highly recommend the 90-minute Dambusters flight, which will see you swooping over Derwent Reservoir just as those WW2 bomber pilots did in training!

Whether you choose a 20, 30, 40, 60 or the 90-minute dambusting experience, these microlight flights over Derbyshire hosted by champion pilots are going to be fun, exhilarating and full of amazing views.


• Selected weekday and weekends
• Flights are subject to availability and weather conditions


• Darley Moore Airfield in Ashbourne, Derbyshire

Suitable For

• The minimum age is 14 years old
•Under 18s must be accompanied on the airfield by an adult
• Maximum weight is 90 kg
• A sturdy pair of ankle boots and warm clothing are recommended


• Spectators are welcome
• There are designated viewing areas around the flying school allowing friends and family to see you in flight

Anything Else

• Refreshments are available to purchase
• There is also a flying shop, pilot's room and classroom onsite


Average Rating 4
Total Reviews 8
Recommend to Friend 6
about 4 years ago
Amazing experience. The people were great, really friendly and very helpful. The skies were clear and the view fantastic. Flying in a microlight flex wing is very different to being in a plane. You need to try it to understand. I recommend this experience. If you have a sense of adventure, you'll love it.
Mark Eustace
about 4 years ago
Amazing experience difficult to put into words. Very friendly and helpful staff and the pilot/instructor, Steve, very professional and knowledgeable. (he really "lives" flying) made me feel very relaxed and safe throughout the flight. Really really good. Planning to do it all over again!!
Marti Trujols
about 5 years ago
The experience was amazing and would recommend it to anyone's day the instructor was excellent
Paul Johnson
about 5 years ago
Thoroughly enjoyed the flight .. Though more edgy than I expected. Will tell friends of my experience, but leave it up to them rather than 'recommend'
tb parkes
about 5 years ago
For someone who lived in Derbyshire as a child went to school in Matlock, camped , walked, over many years,it was fantastic. I extended my flight and at 80 yrs old I would recomend this to any one..People at Ashbourne were great .
Owen Sizer
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Microlighting Derbyshire
30 Minute Microlighting Flight
Total Price£89.00
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