3 axis microlight aircraft NPPL (M) licence
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Steve Pike Instructor / Examiner with the Thruster T600N Sprint
Thruster T600N Sprint, Cockpit
Flying the Thruster T600N, this is a two seat, side by side microlight, powered by a Jabiru 4 stroke engine giving a climb rate of around 1000 feet per minute. The dual controls allow good safe training, a very practical aircraft to start your flying on. The cost per one hour lesson is just £140 based on engine start to shut down.
The aircraft is fitted with some of the latest avionics, a communications radio and transponder, engine instruments and of course a GPS, however we will be teaching use of navigation using a standard magnetic compass.
Comfort and endurance, the aircraft has a 50ltr tank and can run on Avgas or standard motor fuel, this allow an endurance of nearly four hours. The seats are basic but comfortable so long flights are possible.
There are two types of microlight, three axis or weight shift, the type we use the Thruster is a three axis type. this means that controls are like a standard aircraft allowing Pitch, Roll & Yaw.
About Me, I have been flying from my teenage years, starting with model aircraft and then hang gliding. Microlights in the early 80's were basic, mostly derived from converted hang gliders. Today our aircraft are very safe and regulated. Under the umbrella of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) there are two organisations, the British Microlight Aircraft Association (BMAA) and the Light Aircraft Association (LAA). Our aircraft comes the under BMAA who, after annual checks, issue a permit to fly. As an instructor for twenty years I have successfully trained many students to licence, many of which are still flying today. As an examiner I can conduct exams and flight tests. I have also flown many types including light aircraft and gliders I have accrued over 5000 hours of flight time.
In 2013 I took on the Evektor dealership with a partner, to build the EV-97 Eurostar SL aircraft. We were approved by the CAA as a UK manufacturer and as well as carrying out the build engineering I was the company test pilot. We built 29 aircraft during our time in the dealership before selling the business. Today in addition to instructing I am the dealer for Galaxy Aircraft Recovery systems, a parachute for aircraft and occupants.
Hope to see you soon Steve Pike CFI
For more information on microlighting go to the British Microlight Aircraft Association BMAA. click on the picture for the web page.