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Microlight Flying Experiences Nationwide

These days there are two different types of microlight lessons; namely fixed wing and flex wing flying. And the difference? Well, a latest generation fix-winged microlight can look to the untrained eye just like a traditional light aircraft, while flex-winged flying is the one with the cockpit that is open, giving you that 'at one with nature' feel. We offer great-value experiences all over the country in both types of microlight. Time to try microlighting! Microlight experiences FAQs...



Microlight Flying Nationwide
Based On 15 Reviews

Nationwide

From £59.00

    • One voucher, valid for many airfields nationwide
    • All British Microlight Aircraft Association clubs
    • Insulated flying suits available for cold weather
    • Fixed & flexwing microlights offered by many clubs
Microlighting Bedfordshire
Based On 6 Reviews

St Neots, Bedfordshire

From £80.00

    • See St Neots & Bedfordshire from your microlight
    • Fly with passionate microlight pilot Tony Hope
    • Wear state of the art FlyCom helmets inc intercom
    • Bring an SD memory card to record your flight
Microlights Hertfordshire

Plaistows Farm Airfield, St Albans

From £85.00

    • Flex & fixed wing microlighting in Hertfordshire
    • Fly with a World, European & UK Champion pilot
    • A small & friendly microlighting school
    • Easy access & close to North London nr M25/M1
Microlights in Lancashire
Based On 13 Reviews

Lancashire

From £59.00

    • Microlighting from Moss Edge Farm nr Lancaster
    • You might fly over Lune Valley & Morecambe Bay
    • Minimum age for microlight flights is 10 years
    • Explore lovely Lancashire by microlight
Microlighting Devon

Honiton, Somerset

From £89.00

    • Take off from Dunkeswell Airfield nr Honiton
    • Go microlighting over the stunning Blackdown Hills
    • Choose between a fixed or flex wing aircraft
    • Microlight school run by a small & friendly team
Microlighting North Kent
Based On 7 Reviews

Sheerness, North Kent

From £69.00

    • Flying out of Middle Stoke Airfield nr Rochester
    • Choose between fixed and flexi wing microlights
    • A range of flight durations available
    • Microlight flights can operate year round
Microlighting Cambridgeshire
Based On 10 Reviews

Sutton Meadows Airfield, Ely

From £79.00

    • Fly with British & World Champ David Broom
    • Microlighting from Sutton Meadows Airfield in Ely
    • All flights give you the chance to take control
    • Fly all year round from this renowned location
Microlighting Derbyshire
Based On 8 Reviews

Darley Moor Airfield, Derbyshire

From £59.00

    • 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
Microlighting East Anglia

Beccles Airfield

From £149.00

    • Microlight flights out of Beccles Airfield
    • Choose a flight in a flex or fixed wing microlight
    • Fly over the skies of Norfolk & Suffolk
    • Plenty of opportunity to take the controls yourself
Microlighting Hull
Based On 1 Reviews

Beverley Airfield

From £55.00

    • Beverley Airfield is the venue for your flight
    • A variety of flight durations to choose from
    • Fly over where River Hull meets the Humber Estuary
    • Choose whether you want to fly fixed or flex wing
Microlighting Ilkeston

Notts - Derbyshire Border

From £69.00

    • Go microlight flying near Nottingham
    • Open-cockpit, flexi-wing microlighting
    • Explore the Derbyshire Dales from the air
    • Your chance to take control if you fancy it
Microlighting in Bath

Brown Shutters Airfield, Somerset

From £48.00

    • Microlight flights from Brown Shutters Airfield
    • Fly either a flex or fixed wing microlight
    • Take off from this private airstrip near Bath
    • Wide range of flight durations available
Microlighting in London

Elstree Aerodrome

From £125.00

    • Microlight lessons out of Elstree Aerodrome
    • Our nearest microlight lessons to London
    • Modern fixed wing microlights are used for lessons
    • See the London skyline as you fly the microlight
Microlighting in Northumbria
Based On 2 Reviews

Eshott Airfield, Morpeth

From £79.00

    • Flexwing microlighting out of Eshott Airfield
    • Try the controls or just sightsee as you fly
    • All itineraries & lessons are tailored to you
    • 30 or 60 mins flights, or a 3hr landaway adventure
Microlighting Kinross
Based On 2 Reviews

Balado Park Airfield, Kinross

From £79.00

    • Fly from Balado Park former home of T in the Park
    • See the likes of Loch Leven & Lomond Hills
    • Great viewing platform at the control tower
    • Go microlighting over Perth & Kinross
Microlighting Lincolnshire
Based On 7 Reviews

Langworth, Lincolnshire

From £55.00

    • Fly out of former RAF base Langworth in Lincs
    • Flex wing and fixed wing aircraft on offer
    • Your pilot handles take off then it's over to you!
    • Friends & family can come and watch the action too
Microlighting Oxfordshire
Based On 1 Reviews

Enstone Airfield, Oxford

From £65.00

    • Microlight flights from Enstone Airfield in Oxford
    • Sessions hosted by an examiner/instructor pilot
    • Fly in unrestricted airspace around Enstone
    • Chance to fly over Oxfordshire or The Cotswolds
Microlighting Perth
Based On 14 Reviews

Perth Airport

From £89.00

    • Microlighting at renowned training school in Perth
    • The Cairngorms National Park is the backdrop
    • Your chance to take control during your lesson
    • Fly in modern flex or fixed wing microlights
Microlighting Somerset

Westonzoyland Airfield

From £69.00

    • Microlighting at Westonzoyland Airfield in Somerset
    • Fly with chief flying instructor Andy Buchan
    • Variety of flight durations to choose from
    • See coast, National Parks & historical landmarks
Microlights at Sywell Aerodrome
Based On 6 Reviews

Sywell Aerodrome, Northants

From £69.00

    • Microlighting from historic Sywell Aerodrome
    • Centre is agent for Air Creation microlights
    • Fly with ex-World Champion microlight pilots
    • A wide variety of flight durations available
Microlights Cornwall

Bodmin Airport

From £79.00

    • Microlighting at Bodmin Airfield in Cornwall
    • Fly a closed or open cockpit microlight
    • Stunning coastal views on every flight!
    • Chose between a 30 or 60 minute flight
Microlights County Durham

Shotton Airfield

From £69.00

    • Microlight flights from Shotton Airfield
    • This school uses Flight Design CT2K light aircraft
    • A range of flight durations to choose from
    • Fly in the unrestricted airspace around Durham
Microlights in Manchester

Barton Aerodrome, Eccles

From £80.00

    • 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
Microlights in Staffordshire

near Lichfield

From £75.00

    • An owner-operated airstrip near Lichfield/Tamworth
    • Fly with Mike, Sandie & Dave at this friendly club
    • Relaxed atmosphere, empty skies and great views
    • Open and closed cockpit microlights available
Microlights in Surrey

Redhill Aerodrome, Surrey

From £85.00

    • Fixed wing microlighting in Surrey
    • Flights are out of Redhill Aerodrome
    • A choice of flight durations available
    • See the sights of Surrey & Kent as you fly
Microlights Peterborough

Peterborough Conington Airport

From £55.00

    • Microlighting at Conington Airfield nr Peterborough
    • Take to the skies in a light sport aircraft
    • This club uses modern C42B Ikarus planes
    • A full range of lessons available for all budgets
Microlights South Lanarkshire

Strathaven Airfield, Scotland

From £99.00

    • Strathaven Airfield, your Scottish microlight base
    • Owners Colin & Marta featured on Grand Designs
    • See West Scotland from the air in your microlight
    • Choose flex or fixed wing aircraft when booking in
Microlights West Midlands

Halfpenny Green Airport, Stourbridge

Special Offer From £69

    • Microlight flights from Halfpenny Green Airport
    • Choose between flex and fixed wing microlights
    • Formation flying option on an 'Air Experience for Two'
    • Long-established school with a great reputation
Microlights Wiltshire
Based On 1 Reviews

Redlands Airfield, Swindon

From £89.00

    • A microlight flight from Redlands nr Swindon
    • You may see crop circles, Stonehenge and more!
    • Flights offered on weekdays & weekends all year
    • Both types of microlight (flex/fixed) offered
Air Experiences Abingdon

Oxfordshire

From £85.00

    • Lights sport aircraft flights from Abingdon
    • A brilliant range of flight itineraries for lessons
    • Stay local, head to France or the Isle of Wight
    • Plenty of chance to get hands on with the controls
Fly at Saltby Airfield

Grantham, Lincolnshire

From £75.00

    • Light sport aircraft flying near Grantham
    • Fly from Saltby Airfield on the Leics/Lincs border
    • A full range of lesson durations available
    • One month club membership with all vouchers
Flying at Popham Airfield

Micheldever, Hampshire

From £89.00

    • Special Light Sport Aircraft flying out of Popham
    • Learn to fly an Ikarus C42
    • Choose between a 30 and 60 trial flying lesson
    • Take the controls within minutes of taking off
Flying Lessons Clench Common Airfield

Marlborough, Wiltshire

From £70.00

    • Light sport aircraft flying at Clench Common
    • Fly over the North Wessex Downs
    • Club uses a fleet of fully-enclosed microlights
    • Plenty of hands-on time to fly the Ikarus yourself
Flying Schools Devon
Based On 6 Reviews

Umberleigh, North Devon

From £95.00

    • Flying at Eaglescott Airfield in Devon
    • Just 5 miles inland from the coast
    • Learn to fly in unrestricted airspace
    • Flights operate spring to autumn
Light Sport Aircraft Experience
Based On 4 Reviews

Tatenhill Airfield, Staffordshire

From £69.00

    • Ultralight sport aircraft flying in Staffordshire
    • Take off from Tatenhill Airfield
    • Possible flight paths - Peak District & Lady Bower
    • Fly in a modern dual control aircraft by CTSW
Light Sport Flying London

Damyns Hall Aerodrome, Essex

From £195.00

    • Discover the delights of light sport aviation
    • Flying out of Damyn's Hall on the edge of Essex
    • Take off in Flight Design's renowned CT plane
    • Good choice of itineraries offered inc landaways
Solent Flights

Lower Upham Airfield

From £85.00

    • Trial flying lessons over the Solent and beyond
    • Get airborne in an Ikarus C42
    • Flight paths take you over some fascinating sights
    • Plenty of time to take control and fly the Ikarus

Should I buy this experience?

Who it's for

Flex-wing microlighting is great for adventurous types, as it takes you back to those pioneering days of aviation, giving you a taste of open-cockpit flying, where you can feel the wind on your face and experience the sensation of flight that is completely open to the elements. If you’re not brave enough for that, try fixed wing microlighting, where you’ll fly in a closed cockpit ultra light aircraft.

Who it's not for

Remember, if you don’t like the idea of the open sides on the flex-wing microlight, try fixed wing microlighting instead. If you’re scared of flying full stop, these microlight flights probably won’t be for you, so perhaps something from our driving experiences section will catch your eye instead?

Microlight experience FAQs

What’s the difference between a flex wing and a fixed wing microlight?

The fuselage of a flex wing microlight looks like a trike (and to look at it, you'd think it'd never get off the ground!) with a hang glider-style horizontal bar and the huge wingspan of the foldable wing above your head. A fixed-wing microlight has a fully enclosed cockpit and the pilot uses the rudder, ailerons and elevator to control pitch, yaw and roll using a control stick.

Do fixed wing microlights look like planes?

They look just like your typical light aircraft (the sort of ones you go in on a trial flying lesson), with the difference being they are much lighter.

How is an aircraft classed as a microlight?

To be a microlight, the aircraft (if it’s a two seater) has to be no more than 450kg.

Where’s the engine on a flex wing microlight?

The engine is behind the pilot on your typical flex wing microlight like the Quik from P&M aviation. That means you get incredible all-round vision in an open-cockpit microlight, as there’s no engine or propellor blade to get in the way. On a fixed wing, the engine is in front of you, with the propellor on the nose of the plane.

Where will I be sitting in the microlight?

If you go on a flex-wing microlight experience you will be up front, sitting in front of your instructor in a tandem configuration. In the fixed-wing closed cockpit microlights, the seating is side-by-side, so you’ll be sitting next to your instructor.

Will my microlight experience actually be a lesson?

Yes! All microlight flights are offered as trial lessons. You can be as hands-on as you like, or if you prefer, sit back and enjoy the views. It’s your flight time, so it’s up to you, but most people do like to have at least a little go at the controls!

Are there any restrictions for microlight flights?

Each operator has its own rules, but in general, you need to be at least 14 years old, maximum height of 6ft and maximum weight is 15 stone. Please see each individual page under the ‘Suitable for’ tab for full details, or get in touch with us by email, chat or 01959 578100.

Can I talk to the instructor during the flight?

You’ll be kitted out with a headset and microphone so you can communicate. This is especially useful in the open cockpit microlights, as you can’t hear each other over the wind noise!

Is it windy and cold up there in a microlight?

There’s no doubting it’s a unique sensation being high up in the air in an open cockpit, so you will certainly feel ‘at one’ with the elements that’s for sure. In a fixed wing microlight you’ll be tucked up nice and snug inside the closed cockpit.

What should I wear to go microlighting?

If you’re in a fixed wing microlight, wear comfortable casual clothing. High heels are not recommended, nor are open-toed shoes. For flex wing experiences you’ll be given a flight suit to wear.

Is microlighting dangerous?

Flying in a microlight is no more or less dangerous than other forms of general aviation. All the aircraft used for these experiences are meticulously maintained and you’ll only be taken up by the most experienced of pilot instructors.

How far can a microlight fly?

Back in the day, open cockpit microlights had a range of around 250 miles at best. Modern microlights can fly as far as 1000miles, as they are built with more high-tech material and have become more efficient.

How fast can a microlight fly?

To be a microlight the aircraft has to have a slow cruising speed of 35knots or less. Having said that, maximum speeds are constantly on the increase, with some of the newest fixed wing models like the Ikarus capable of 150mph. On average, a flexi wing can fly between 50 and 80mph.

Will my microlight lesson be cancelled in bad weather?

In essence, yes, but don’t worry, the flight operator will reschedule your microlight experience for another suitable date. Microlights need wind speeds of less than 15knots to take off, with no cloud cover or rain.

Can you fly a microlight at night?

Nope. The microlights aren’t equipped to be able to fly at night.

Do you need a licence to fly a microlight?

If you want to fly a microlight solo yes, you have to have a pilot’s licence. For microlighters it’s called the National Private Pilot’s Licence Microlight rating - or the NPPL(M). For these experiences there is no need for a licence or for you to be enrolled on a training programme as it is a taster lesson. If you carry on with microlighting lessons, these experiences may count to your flying time log book.

Are your schools members of a microlight association?

Yes. Nearly all are part of the British Microlight Aircraft Association (BMAA). The association promotes microlighting in the UK and is the voice of the sport in this country. All pilot instructors operating these trial lessons are highly experienced pilots with lots of hours of microlight teaching under their belts.

Where can I go on a microlight experience near me?

As you don’t need a huge tarmac runway to take off in a microlight (a small grass air strip will do!) we have lots of small, independent microlight operators around the country who are more than ready to give you your first taste of microlighting, be it in a fixed or flex wing aircraft. Current locations include:
  • Bedfordshire
  • Kent
  • Lancashire
  • Somerset
  • Hertfordshire
  • Derbyshire
  • Grimsby
  • Northumbria
  • North London
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Scotland - Perth
  • Scotland - Kinross
  • Scotland - Lanarkshire
  • Northamptonshire
  • County Durham
  • Cornwall
  • Oxfordshire
  • Manchester
  • Lincolnshire
  • Wiltshire
  • Essex
  • Staffordshire

Ready to take to the skies in a microlight? Book your microlight experience online now!

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