About us

Ian MacAdam (Chief Flying Instructor)

Ian established Learn-to-Fly.co.uk as an independent flying school in 2002. Ian has been flying hang gliders and microlights since 1987.

In 1992 he started flying light aircraft and went to America to obtain his commercial pilot's license (CPL), where he became type rated on twin engine aircraft and seemed destined for a career as an airline pilot!

Ian's photo

However adventure got the better of him and he went to Africa in February 1993 to establish Batoka Sky, the microlighting company that offers pleasure flights over the Victoria Falls.

The company is still going strong to this day! Ian returned from Zambia in 1996 to experiment with more conventional lines of work whilst remaining an active hang glider and microlight pilot.

Ian and Kate

In 2002 Ian went to Portugal to gain his Assistant Flying Instructor rating with Gerry Breen at the Algarve Sports Centre and ever since he has been a licensed flying instructor.

In 2005 he uprated to a full FI and moved the flying school to Damyns Hall airfield in Essex and operated there for 7 years flying hundreds of people both in microlights and in his tandem hang glidier.

In 2014 Ian relocated Learn to Fly to the South West after a transitional period and the school blossomed at Henstridge airfirled which has a tarmac runway and great hangar space for Ian to build and maintain his fleet of microlights.

He has been a member of the Park Gliding club at Mere and has twice flown to Greece to visit friends by microlight.

2021 to date... After a brief but pleasant stay at Lee on Solent, Ian has moved Learn to Fly to Popham Airfield, one of the bwst known microlight airfields in the country and with easy access to London and the South East of England. With two grass runways and an enthusiastic membership the airfield is undoubtedly a great place to earn your spurs in the aviation world.

He has many tales of adventure to recount and will make sure your flight is an interesteting one! If you wish to take up microlight flying he will share his enthusiasm and knowlege to help you gain your private piliots license. NPPL(M)

In late 2018 he purchased P&M's PulsR, the first fully composite flex wing microlight in the world and his intention is to focus on aircraft sales and long distance tour and train flying utlizing airfields in France Italy and Greece.

Why Learn-to-Fly?
  • Over 30 years flying experience!
  • Based in Lee on Solent, Solent Airport.
  • 7 days a week, most weekends included, subject to weather and by appointment.
  • Friendly instructor with a wealth of knowledge and experience!
  • Learn to Fly at your own pace!
  • Committed to helping you get your license in a time frame to suit you.
  • All year round, 7 days a week, subject to good flying weather and holidays. Normally we take 4-6 weeks off in the winter!!
  • We often fly until sunset!
  • Most Weekends and Bank Holidays included!