Flight training

3 axis microlight aircraft NPPL (M) licence

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Beginners lesson trial flight air experience

Available 7 days a week

Thinking of having a flight? Then take a trial flight and see if you like it, but be warned it is addictive. My first flight was in a glider many years ago, it was not the best weather and we were only up for 20 minutes, but wow what a view !  I was hooked, I still remember every detail of that flight today some forty years on. 

You can take a trial flight from the age of 14, there is no upper limit, as long as you are in reasonable health and don't weigh more than 90kgs you are good to go.

We start with a look at the aircraft and briefing. During your flight we will fly the local area at between 1500 and 2000 feet, we will be cruising at around 70mph, the aircraft is dual control and you will be able to take the controls and see how it flies. Most trial flights are between 40 and 60 minutes long and will only be on good weather days. We can explore the flight characteristics, stalls, steep bank angles and even a touch and go at the airfield. After the flight we will have a de-brief and we can arrange a certificate, this will be part of your training if you decide to continue. We very much look forward to flying with you soon.

Continued training

Available 7 days a week depending on weather conditions

Okay so you had a great trial flight air experience, so you can now start working your way through the training syllabus, below you will find a link to the syllabus and details of the training. We work mostly in order through the list but some exercises may alter due to conditions. Each flight will be recorded in your personal pilots log book, this will include times, exercise and any other aspects of the flight, it will  be signed by your instructor.  You will need a medical, this is a self declaration done by completing a form on the CAA web site.

Booking further flights. You can book flights on our simple booking system which will be confirmed on the day depending on weather conditions. If you are very keen to you can book more than one flight in a day but we recommend a good rest in-between flights. Each lesson should last around one hour, this is enough time for you learn something but not get overloaded. We want you to make steady progress but enjoy the experience and be safe.

It will not be too long before you will be ready for your first solo flight.

More advanced stuff

7 days a week and evenings if required for exams

Well you are now well underway to licence and we need to polish up your flying skills, this will include some advanced exercises including engine failures and other emergencies. We will also start your cross country flying, setting off on a course and landing at another airfield. Our farm strip is not radio controlled but we do make blind calls so we will be teaching you the basics of Radio (RT) work during the course.

During the training we will introduce the exams, there are five to sit, Air Law, Met, Nav, A/C Tech. & HPL. On poor weather days we can arrange ground school and you sit the exams, pass marks are issued straight away, no waiting. We can carry out all your training to licence at our school including exams and your GST. The Radio Telephony is separate and something to do during your training or after you are licenced.

Finally you will be ready to take your final test, this is called a GST (General Skills Test) once you pass this you will be a licenced pilot. We can discuss what you do after that, buy your own aircraft, get a share in one, or build your own. The world is yours to explore. Enjoy !

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.

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The best way to make contact with me is by email or text/phone. You could just call into the airfield but we're not always there, so it's best by appointment.

My mobile number is 07746 373637

email: srpflyer@hotmail.co.uk 

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