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Flylight operates a centre of excellence for microlight flying & hang-glider tuition in the UK, and are one of the largest schools in the country. Our highly competent and professional staff include a World Champion. We are priviliged to be based at the outstanding facilities at Sywell Aerodrome in Northamptonshire, less than 20 minutes from the M1.
Our CAA-approved instructors can train you in your choice of fixed or flexwing microlights, from initial trial lesson, through to final General Skills Test and licence application. We also offer advanced training for existing pilots in radio telephony, competition preparation, microlight instructor training and examination, etc.
Our unique facilities
What is a Microlight aircraft?
The Microlight aircraft
The advantages of this formula over conventional aircraft are many and include:
There are two general types of microlight aircraft; Flexwing and Fixed-wing
A National Private Pilot Licence (NPPL) Microlight licence is required to fly microlights, and can be gained by training with a qualified flying instructor in accordance with a CAA (civil aviation authority) syllabus of training. The minimum requirements are:-
This may all sound a little onerous but in practice it is fascinating and good fun. A microlight licence is simpler than a conventional aircraft licence and can be gained in approximately 2/3 the flying time and 1/2 the cost. Don‘t be frightened of the exams either, although thorough they are easily and enjoyably learnt and our 100% pass rate serves to prove this point.
The above licence requirements are minimums and do not guarantee a pass, everyone learns at different rates and times may vary. However anyone with determination and a little application should be able to "win their wings".
There are two general routes to follow for training:-
On a school aircraft is the most convenient method, there is of course no need to outlay the cost of an aircraft to learn to fly, and during the initial lessons you may decide that the sport is not for you. However once convinced that you do want to continue, having your own aircraft to train on will save a considerable sum of money. In addition your aeroplane is always available, at times a school aircraft may not be.
Individual Membership – £120.00pa
We are lucky in having the use of the superb facilities of Sywell Aerodrome. Obviously this is a privileged position and we demand the highest standards of airmanship and respect from club members.
We run an active club for students and qualified pilots which includes trips to various major Fly-ins around the country and abroad.
We also have a good social diary with alternative activities such as skiing, roller blading, 10 pin bowling, go karting and many more. Membership includes use of Sywell Aerodrome's facilities and flight services.
Flight Radiotelephony Training & Examinations
Looking for Flight Radiotelephony Operator’s Licence training and examinations?
Here at Sywell Aerodrome, in Northamptonshire, we offer all aspects of RT Courses and Examining for the issue of the Flight Radiotelephony Operator's Licence (FRTOL), whether you fly microlights, light aircraft, helicopters, hot air balloons, paramotors, or you are not a pilot but require an RT licence.
We can help, whether you want one-on-one ground school, or would prefer to join a group on a course designed to take you through the whole subject, both theory & practical, leading to completing the two examinations.
Our RTF Examiner has many years of experience taking students through from the basics to the standard required to pass the exams necessary to obtain a FRTOL. All training is done in a friendly environment and designed to support you through the whole process whatever your level of experience.
Our aim is not for you to just obtain your FRTOL, but also to enjoy the learning process and to be confident and competent to use it once you have it.
Each flying lesson is booked as a two hour slot that allows for one hour flying and time for briefing / debriefing etc. In order to get the required day and time, it is best to book as far in advance as possible - especially for intense courses. Weekends tend to book up further in advance to weekdays. Sometimes there are cancellations so it is often worth a last minute phone call to check if we can accept your booking.
In order to be fair to everyone the slots are for specific times, if for instance the weather is unsuitable for your slot then we will endeavour to find you another slot if possible but you may not get to fly. It is worth a call to check on the weather or any aircraft unservicabilities on the day of your booking. If the weather is unsuitable then you may take your allocated slot as ground-school instead.
We ask that if for some reason you have to cancel that you let us know as soon as possible in order that someone may take over your slot. Failure to turn up without cancelling may result in you being charged - be warned! We ask you also to arrive at least 15 minutes before your booking in order to wind down and mentally prepare for the lesson. Arriving late may result in your lesson having to be shortened.
What are the Medical Requirements?
Are they safe?
Due to their light weight and low minimum speeds microlight aircraft have very good forgiving characteristics. Recent official statistics from the CAA showed that microlight aircraft to be the safest form of private aviation in the UK in terms of serious accidents divided into hours flown.
However any aircraft is only as safe as the pilot who flies it, therefore thorough training and a high degree of common sense are both vital in the making of a safe pilot.
Can I have a short go to see if I like it?
Is it possible to fly in winter?
Is there a minimum age?
Is there a weight limit?
Does the weather affect training?
When are we open?
For a more detailed quote of your servicing needs, or a full price list, please contact our engineering department directly on (01604) 644222.
After an introduction to the equipment and a pre-flight briefing, you will be harnessed into the hang glider with your instructor. The microlight will start, and begin towing the glider and it’s occupants into the air for a thrilling ride, gaining height, all the while taking in the views overlooking Sywell Aerodrome. Once the towline is released you and your instructor will glide free and silent in complete awe of the spectacular views overlooking the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside... an experience only shared with the birds. You may even take the controls and fly the hang glider yourself or enjoy the thrill of limited aerobatics before your instructor lines up for a gentle rolling landing on wheels.
As many of our customers have pointed out, this is a completely unique experience, hanging on the outside of an aircraft, head down with nothing but the rush of the wind over the face... And as one said, “Rather like flying like Superman”!
This makes an ideal gift and a video of your flight can also be included for the 3000ft flight.
The hang glider is equipped with its own undercarriage which eliminates the need for running on take off and landing and is therefore suitable for all age groups and people with disabilities. Maximum weight is around 15stone (95 kilos) for the aerotow experience and 13stone (82 kilos) for the Mile-high.
Total flight time between 20-40 minutes depending on height and meteorological conditions on the day of your flight.