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 aircraft cost less than you would normally spend on a second-hand car. New fixed-wing microlight aircraft are also relatively inexpensive compared to conventional light aircraft.
Can’t afford your own aircraft, then no problem – Alba Airsports also offer suitably qualified pilots the option to self-hire our school aircraft from as little as £95/hr, which includes the fuel and insurance.
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 £150.
Microlight aircraft operate from airports, airfields, farm strips, private fields etc.. so the cost of hangarage varies depending on the location and facilities. Monthly hangarage rates for a fully rigged microlight aircraft average from £120/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.