Microlight Flying in Somerset
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Things couldn’t be more different than a plane when flying in a microlight. In fact a trip on one of these nippy, lightweight little flying machines is about as close as it gets to being a bird. Begin the session with a health and safety briefing from an experienced pilot, before boarding a dual-controlled ‘flex wing’ microlight, which is based on the frame of a hang glider. Once airborne, experience the incredible handling and zippy speed of this lightweight craft whilst enjoying breathtaking bird’s-eye views. During the flight, take control of the microlight, with an instructor on hand throughout to offer advice and encouragement. This particular flight can also count towards a microlight Private Pilot’s Licence.
Tuesday – Sunday afternoons (usually between 12 – 3pm) throughout the main flying season from May to mid-September. Week night flights can take off up to 7.30pm in summer.
Weather dependency means you can be cancelled at very short notice so you MUST call for confirmation between 9 – 10am on the morning of the flight. Any cancellations are rebooked.
Please allow up to an hour at the venue. As a guide, the flight can last for anywhere between 15 and 25 minutes, depending on thermals and wind.
The briefing might be shared, but the flight is held on a one-to-one basis with a qualified pilot.
Spectators are welcome to watch you take off and land, dont let them forget to bring a camera or pair of binoculars. They can relax in the cafe and viewing area on the airfield. Sorry, dogs are not permitted at airfields.
These microlights have open cockpits, so wrap up warm. We recommend long trousers, closed in shoes, socks and long sleeve jumpers. Bring gloves in winter and sunblock and a hat in summer. Sunglasses are recommended all year round.
Maximum weight is 16 and a half stone and minimum age is 16. Under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who’ll be required to sign a disclaimer.
Flying time can count towards a microlight Private Pilot’s Licence, for which 15 hours of dual control and 10 hours solo flying is needed to qualify.