• Introductory lesson in a fixed or 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, 45 or 60 minute lesson
Isle of Wight Landaway
• Fly South to Weymouth then along the Jurassic coast to Poole Harbour
• From Poole Harbour travel along the Bournemouth seafront to Hengisbury Head, then hop over to the Isle of Wight
• Highlights include: Durdledoor, Lulworth Cove, Corfe Castle, Lulworth Castle, Purbec Hills, Harrys Rock and The Needles
• Lunch at Sandown on the Isle of Wight is included
• Average flight time each way is 1 hour 15 minutes
What Can I Expect
Book your flights in microlights over south Somerset! Operating out of the lovely Henstridge Airfield, we are offering 30, 45 and 60-minute flights, as well as a landaway special to the Isle of Wight via the coast.
These microlight experiences boast quite possibly the most scenic flight paths we have on our books. There’s just so much to see from the air around this delightful corner of south Somerset. Head inland and you’ve got Longleat and the Wiltshire Hills. Fly west and you can look down on the Somerset Levels and Glastonbury Tor. Take a southerly direction and you’re soon at the Jurassic Coast.
The amazing scenery and optimal flying conditions are also what attracted Chief Flying Instructor Ian MacAdam to set up his microlight flying school at Henstridge. Ian has been flying hang gliders and microlights since 1987 and he settled in South Somerset in 2002.
Since 2007, Ian has been a main agent for leading flex-wing microlight manufacturer P&M. If you go for the flex-wing option, you’ll more than likely be taking your lesson in one of the school’s GT450 microlights. This is open-to-the-elements microlighting at its best, so it’s flight suit on, headset on and get ready to swoop over stunning south Somerset with excellent all-round visibility from your seat.
If you opt for a fixed-wing flight, you’ll be in a closed cockpit aircraft which resembles your typical light aircraft. Admittedly it’s more comfortable and warmer in there, but we can’t deny there’s something quite special about the open cockpit option!
All experiences are treated as actual lessons, so you’ll follow the NPPL(M) syllabus, which is the official microlight pilot’s training programme. That means you’ll learn how these machines fly, how the controls work and have a go at flying yourself. If you want to get a deeper insight into these machines, we can highly recommend the landaway day. You cruise along the coast and across the water to the Isle of Wight, landing at a local airfield for lunch, before heading back to Henstridge.
With a choice of flex or fixed wing aircraft and a full range of flight durations, it’s also good to know you can fly all year round out of Henstridge Airfield. Blue skies and beaches in summer and silky smooth air with low winds in autumn and winter - that’s the beauty of flights in microlights in south Somerset!
• Selected weekdays and weekends throughout the year
• Dates and session times are subject to availability and weather conditions
• Minimum age 10
• Under 18s must be accompanied on the airfield by an adult
• Maximum weight of 16.5 stone
• Good, general level of fitness is required
• Spectators are most welcome to go along to the airfield to watch the take off and landing
Anything Else I Need To Know?
• Flight times are 'chock to chock' so include taxi time
• DVDs and/or images of your flight are available to purchase on the day
• Henstridge Airfield, Templecombe, Somerset
• Conveniently located 7 miles west of Shaftesbury and 12 miles east of Yeovil