Microlight Experiences Nationwide

A microlight flight really 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.

We say this, but there are, of course, two different types of microlight aircraft these days, namely fixed wing and flex wing. And the difference? Well, a 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. Read more...

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IntotheBlue offers lessons in both flex and fix wing types of microlight. One of the most popular models for fixed-wing flights is the Icarus C42. Just like any other small aircraft, the cockpit is fully enclosed and the pilot uses the rudder, ailerons and elevator to control pitch, yaw and roll using a control stick. But what makes all the difference is the weight. To be classed as a microlight the aircraft needs to weigh in at less than 450kg - hence the other name these planes are known by; ultralights.

For those who fancy flying in a flex wing microlight, it's a whole different world out there. The fuselage 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, but once again, weight is on your side, along with the huge wingspan of the foldable wing above your head.

What's more, in a flexi, the engine isn't on the nose in front of you, it's right behind you, so one thing's for sure, sitting up front you're going to get the most amazing aerial views for your flight!

And don't forget, when you go microlighting it’s not just as a passenger, each sessions is actually a lesson and you will be treated as a budding pilot on their first training flight. That means you’ll have a full ground-based safety briefing and a walk around the machine as it sits on the apron at the airfield before taking part in pre-flight checks and listening to an explanation of the controls before take off.

Intercom headsets are used so you can hear each other and your experienced instructor pilot will give something of a running commentary as you prepare to get airborne, so you can get a real feel for what it's like to be a microlight pilot. And even though the take off speed is slow and your maximum ceiling height and cruising speed are pretty low too, there's something inherently charming and 'back to basics' about microlight flying and we think these lightweight little flying machines will steal any aviator’s heart!