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What is classed as a microlight aircraft?

A microlight aircraft is simply a small aircraft which has a Maximum Total Weight Authorised (MTWA) of not more than 450kgs, or 472.5kgs if equipped with a ballistic parachute recovery system.

Microlight aircraft have no more than two seats and have a stall speed not exceeding a calibrated airspeed of 35 knots.

There are three main types of microlight: –

  • 3-Axis (or Fixed-wing) type which looks more like a conventional aeroplane.
  • Flexwing (Weight-shift) type which consists of a delta wing similar to a hang glider with a ‘trike’ unit suspended underneath it.
  • ParaTrikes (Powered Parachutes)have a ram-air or parafoil canopy below which a suspended wheeled power unit carries the pilot and passenger.

 

Do I need a Licence to fly a microlight in the UK?

Yes – To fly a microlight in the UK you must hold a Pilot’s Licence. The National Private Pilot’s Licence (NPPL) with a microlight class rating is the most time and cost-effective method of gaining your wings.
The NPPL is a UK specific pilot’s licence developed in 2002. It is not an internationally recognised licence and does not automatically entitle the holder to fly aircraft in other countries.
To obtain an NPPL with a Microlight Class Rating you must complete flight training with a UK Civil Aviation Authority authorised flying instructor entitled to instruct on microlights.

What are the Medical Requirements to fly microlight aircraft?

A pilot may only fly microlights as Pilot In Command in the UK if they hold a valid medical certificate.

The NPPL medical certification can be by a Self-Declaration made on-line on the Civil Aviation Authority web site.

Other accepted medical certification may be available, but applicants should check with their instructor prior to solo flight.

We strongly recommend that student pilots obtain their medical declaration at the start of their training to ensure that they will be able to hold such a medical, and do not wait until just before they are ready to fly solo, by which time they must hold a valid medical.

What are the NPPL Microlight Flight Training Requirements?

The minimum flight training required for the grant of an NPPL with a Microlight Class Rating Without Operational Limitations is a minimum flight time under instruction of 25 hours, which is made up of dual flight training with an instructor including navigation exercises, and solo flight which includes solo navigation exercises.

At the end of your flight training, you must take and pass a test with an authorised flight examiner to demonstrate your ability to fly a microlight through all the manoeuvres that you will have learned during training. The test is called the General Skills Test (GST). The flight time of the GST can count towards the minimum total flight time required to obtain the NPPL but not towards the solo minimum time.

What are the NPPL Microlight Ground Training Requirements?

The Microlight syllabus lists the subject matter that an applicant for a Microlight Class Rating must understand. There is no minimum requirement for training by an instructor to achieve this knowledge but the applicant must have demonstrated a knowledge of the subject matter by passing examinations.

There are written examinations in five subjects. Meteorology, Navigation, Aviation Law, Human Performance and Limitations and Aircraft Technical subjects. The examinations must have been passed within the twenty-four months immediately prior to applying for your licence.

There is one further examination to complete your demonstration of knowledge of the aircraft type that you have used to complete your GST. This examination is an oral examination and must be conducted by a flight examiner entitled to examine in microlight aircraft. It is usual, but not required, that the examination is conducted at the same time as the GST by the same examiner. The ground oral examination must have been passed within the nine months immediately prior to applying for your licence.

How do I apply for my NPPL Microlight licence?

Application for the grant of an NPPL with a Microlight Class rating must be made in writing on the NPPL Microlight Licence application form, through the British Microlight Aircraft Association (BMAA) Licence Administration Centre at the BMAA office address.

Removing the Operational Limitations from an NPPL Microlight Class Rating:-

To remove Limitation 2 the holder must have completed at least 25 hours of total flying in microlights and at least 10 hours solo flying in microlights. The holder’s experience is certified in their log book by a flight examiner and the Limitation ceases to apply from that time.

To remove Limitations 3 and 4 the holder must have completed at least 25 hours of total flying in microlights, at least 10 hours solo flying in microlights. The holder must have completed the navigation training requirements specified in flight Exercise 18 within the twenty four month period immediately prior to applying to have the limitations removed. Application to have Limitations 3 and 4 removed must be made in writing on the NPPL Microlight Licence application form through the BMAA Licence Administration Centre at the BMAA office address.

Can I fly any type of microlight aircraft with my NPPL Licence?

Yes – As long as you have conducted sufficient differences training with an instructor qualified to give instruction on the type you intend to fly.

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Covid 19 News

Update 16/04/21: - The flight school is now open and accepting bookings for Experience Flight voucher holders and PPL(Gyro) and NPPL(Microlight) flight training.

Thank you everybody for sticking around with us here at Alba Airsports.