Who can learn to fly a microlight aircraft?
Individuals who are reasonably fit and within the weight limits.
How much will it cost to complete the course?
The average student will spend from £3000 to £4000 to complete the full course of training.
Students are charged for flight lessons based on ‘engine time’ (from engine start to engine stop). The current rate for a 1 hour lesson on a school aircraft is £120 for flexwing aircraft and £135 for fixed wing aircraft.
All flight lessons include a pre-flight classroom briefing that will cover theoretical and practical elements of the upcoming air exercise. The pre-flight brief takes approx 30 –40 minutes and there is no charge for this classroom briefing.
There are also nominal administration and processing charges for each exam when taken. Where a student feels he needs supplemental ground school tutoring, this can also be arranged on an hourly paid basis.
Will I need to buy my own aircraft?
Most students eventually purchase their own aircraft. Some purchase an aircraft outright or join a syndicate of owners.
Good condition second hand machines cost less than you would normally spend on a second hand car. New machines are also relatively inexpensive compared to conventional aircraft
What’s the cost of aircraft ownership?
Under the CAA Permit to Fly scheme, microlight aircraft owners can perform most scheduled maintenance requirements on their own. This keeps the cost of ownership to a minimum. An annual inspection by a certified inspector is required to ensure the aircraft is safe and airworthy (similar to a vehicle MOT) and the cost for this inspection is approximately £100.
Microlight aircraft operate from airports, airfields, farm strips, private fields, etc so cost of hangarage varies depending on the location and facilities. Monthly hangarage rates for a fully rigged flexwing microlight aircraft average £100/month at Perth Airfield where Alba Airsports is based.
For those in syndicate ownership, the costs are shared by agreement amongst the aircraft owners keeping the cost of ownership lower still.