Frequently Asked Questions
A lot of common questions keep popping up at our trial flight days, so here we'll attempt to answer as many of those. If after looking through these you still cannot find the answer you are looking for, please don't hesitate to ask us!
Am I too old / young to fly?
You are never too old as long as you are reasonably fit and medically sound. As for too young…. you can start flying as soon as your feet reach the pedals, however you have to be 14 years old to have your hours logged into a log book to work towards a licence.
What are the medical requirements?
To train for a NPPL (National Private Pilots Licence) in a microlight you require a declaration of fitness from your GP. It’s very similar to the DVLA requirement to drive a car
How fast can you go?
The older designed microlights have an average speed of 55-60 mph cruise speed, however the latest ‘super ships’ are averaging 80 – 120 mph in the cruise!
How far can you travel?
This depends on several different factors, (2 people have flown around the world) As for distance / fuel anything from 100 – 250 miles in one trip can be achieved.
How much does it cost to learn to fly?
This answer is open to debate and all depends on you. How often you get to fly, your dedication to learn, the instructor will all influence the time it takes to learn and therefore the cost. But on average a licence will cost approx £3000 - £4000.
Can you fly abroad?
Yes, the majority of Europe now recognises the NPPL microlight qualifications