Trial Flights/Introductory Lessons
The best way to find out what microlighting is all about is to come and have an introductory flight. You'll be given a quick one on one briefing, showing you the controls and how to take your seat behind / aside the instructor and taking to the skies.
From just above the airfield, we can see up towards east London, City Airport and the Dome in one direction, and over the Dartford Crossing and QE2 bridge in the other.
An hour's lesson might take you over to Southend, or down to Kent and over the Isle of Grain and Medway Estuary. And on Saturday afternoons we can usually fly up the river towards London and the Millenium Dome (O2).
What is a Microlight?
The term 'microlight' refers (in the UK) to any aircraft weighing less than 450kg MAUW, a maximum of 2 occupants, and various specific limits with regard to wing loading and stall speed. It can refer to two different types of microlight. You say Fixed Wing, I say Flexwing...
The Two Types of Microlight
There are basically 2 types of microlight, fixed wing or flex wing. However in each genre of microlight there has become a massive array of different aircraft with new designs coming in every year. The microlights of 2013 are a far cry from the microlights of yore. The flex wing has evolved from the early days when hang gliders were equipped with engines. Nowadays they are capable of flying at 100mph and have been used to fly round the world, to Australia and over Mt.Everest.
A flexwing is more open to the elements, flies like a hang glider, and offers insurpassable all round views.
A fixed wing microlight is much warmer, generally enclosed, and is controlled just like a light aircraft. They are built with tube and fabric in some cases and fibreglass and composites in later desgins. The latest price tag on a new flex wing is circa.£40,000 for an all dancing, all singing machine. For a fixed wing you would need to double that!
Learn to Fly specialises in 'flex-wing', or 'weight shift' microlights. Light, speedy, and maneuvreable and an open cockpit allowing you nearly 360 degree views.
The 'flex wing' microlight is controlled in a similar way to a hang glider, using weight-shift control - the pilot controls the direction and airspeed of the aircraft using a control bar.
Fixed wing or Flexwing?
'Fixed wing' microlights, also known as '3 axis' or 'ultralights' look and feel more like a conventional light aircraft, but are much lighter and more affordable to run. They use elevators, aelerons and a rudder to achieve control through control surfaces mounted on the wings and tail section.
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Our Prices 2012
30 minute trial flight: £75
45 minute trial flight:£95
Dome Discovery trial flight: £105
60 minutes trial flight: £125
Further training: £115 per hour
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You don't need to be a genius, or a millionaire to learn to fly a microlight! All you need is to be relatively motivated and of good health to enjoy one of the most affordable and fun forms of light aviation.
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