Introduction to Ultralight Airplanes

Microlight Aircraft in the UK: Your First Steps

Microlight aviation is a popular method of recreation in the United Kingdom. They British value the freedom and air-accessibility that mircrolight aircraft offers them each flight.

Also called "ultralight aircraft" (which is a less popular name in the UK), a microlight aircraft has different specifications according to its type.

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Types of microlight aircraft

Microlight aircraft could be categorized according to:

  • The landing surface: some aircraft can only land on land (these are called landplanes) and others can land on both land and water (these are called amphibian or floatplanes).
  • The wing: there is a type called the flex wing (looks similar to a hang glider) and another type called the fixed wing or the 3-axis (looks similar to the usual airplane).

The law assigns a maximum weight for each type as a guideline.

Is it hard or expensive?

Not at all. You can start learning how to fly using a microlight aircraft at any age

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