To fly a Microlight aircraft in the UK, you need a National Private Pilot’s License (Microlight) known as the NPPL(M). Flying training follows the BMAA's NPPL (M) Syllabus, which is approved by the UK Civil Aviation Authority.
The minimum number of flying hours to qualify is 25. This is much less than for conventional aircraft, so a microlight license can be obtained for about half the cost and in about 2/3 of the time. The training progresses through general handling, take-offs and landings, simulated emergencies and finally navigation training. Ultimately, you have to fly two solo “Qualifying Cross Country” flights to other airfields, to prove your ability to fly and navigate, then pass a “General Skills Test “ which is a bit like a driving test.
That's the practical part done, but you must also pass five ground exams to prove you have a sufficient understanding of the theory subjects. Don't worry, the exams are relatively simple, with “multiple choice” answers. You tick the right box out of three options.
We offer Groundschool Classroom lessons to help you to integrate the theory and practical together. Learning to fly should be exciting, rewarding and enriching. We aim to make your training fun within a safe environment. Flying lessons are best taken in blocks of up to a week, flying two hours a day. If you can't find the time to do this then you can train on an “hourly” basis. (Most students do this).
A. Training in a school aircraft:
Flexwing P&M GTR £105.00 per flying hour. Fixed Wing Ikarus C42 £115.00 per flying hour.
Buy 10 hours in advance – get 10% DISCOUNT!
i.e. 10 hours GTR £105.00 x 10 = £1,050.00 Less 10% discount = £945.00
10 hours C42 £115.00 x 10 = £1,150.00 Less 10% discount = £1,035.00
B. Training in your own Microlight:
£80.00 per hour dual, £40 per hour solo supervision, whilst training for NPPL(M)
1:1 £30.00 per hour Ground exams £35.00 each.
General Skills Test (Flight test) £120.00 plus aircraft time.
Ground oral (Aeroplanes General Part 2) £40.00
Airsports Training is one of the few CAA and BMAA approved Instructor Training Academies in the UK.
CFI John Teesdale says; “Being a Flying Instructor has to be the best job job the world ! I've looked forward to going to work every day for the last 25 years. How many people can say that?”
To start an instructor course, you need a minimum of 1 year and 100 hours PIC on your NPPL. You must pass a theoretical written exam and a flight test before starting the course.
The course consists of a minimum of 15 hours flying training and 40 hours groundschool. These are minimum hours and just as with the original NPPL minimum of 25, more may be required.
You have to reach a standard to pass a Flight test and Ground Oral exam taken with an independent Examiner of Instructors.
The course normally takes four weeks of training Mon-Fri and is best done in two blocks of two weeks with a break in between to recover!
Even if you never intend to instruct for a living, the Instructor Course will massively increase your flying skills and knowledge and will improve your flying confidence.
Basic AFIC (M) Course price
(15 hours flying, up to 50 hours groundschool) £3,500.00
Based on using your aircraft.
Airsports school aircraft
available at £65.00 per hour Flexwing, £75.00 per hour Fixed wing.