At Saxon Microlights, we specialise in 3-axis flying. This is a branch of microlight flying which is gaining in popularity as the range and style of machines available increases. The Thruster T600 which we operate is an excellent mid-range training machine which will prepare students to move on to faster, more complex types if they wish, but will not add too much complication for those who want to enjoy the pleasures of flying the simpler, basic (and cheaper!) machines which are widely available.
We can offer a range of air experience flights, or trial lessons. These are particularly suitable for people who want to try out our sport, either as a once-in-a-lifetime adventure or to decide whether they want to take it up themselves.
Those people who decide to take up the sport will be interested in becoming members of Saxon Microlights club, which allows them to take more than the first few lessons and gives the benefit of discounted training rates and option tuition in the ground study for the theoretical exams… exams?
EXAMS?!! DON’T PANIC.
The legal requirements for learning to fly a microlight are quite simple.
You need to complete a course of flight training following a defined syllabus and pass written multiple-choice exams in five subjects:
Many people are able to achieve the required standard for the written tests by self-study and with a bit of help from their friends. Where a particular subject gives difficulties, then one-to-one tuition can be given by an instructor at reasonable rates.
The really fun bit, of course, is the flight training. The legal minimum is 15 hours for a restricted licence or 25 hours for a full licence, which permits the pilot to fly longer distances and in less clement weather. Most people take longer than this and we suggest that people starting from scratch budget for approximately one hour per year of age – obviously some will take more than this and others less depending on circumstances, weather and natural ability. This may seem a lot but remember, you are flying all this time and after the first few lessons you will be doing nearly all the flying, under the instructor’s guidance, from take-off to landing.
We are now in a position to allow Saxon Microlights members to practice their flying using our excellent microlight flight simulator. This cannot replace the experience of real-world flying, but it can be helpful with exercises which have been giving difficulty or with ‘keeping current’ when the weather is unsuitable.
The minimum age to hold a licence is 17 years old, though a student can begin lessons earlier than that – several pilots have gained their licence on their 17th birthday!. A medical certificate is required: the health requirements are similar to those for driving. Most microlights have a weight limitation of around 13 stone (86kg to be precise) fully dressed and including anything they may be carrying. Some, including our Thruster T600, can accept people weighing up to 14st (90kg). Unusually tall or short people may also have difficulty in fitting in the cockpit or reaching all the controls. Good eyesight (wearing glasses if necessary) is essential for flying as pilot in command, either solo or with passengers.
For more detail and links to further sources of information, see our Beginner’s Guide to Microlights [here]