We pride ourselves in giving quality instruction. We believe everyone is individual, so our training is geared to your specific needs and ability, rather than selling you a set course. How quickly you progress through the syllabus depends upon you. All training uses the National Private Pilots Licence (NPPL) syllabus as set up and approved by the Civil Aviation Authority and the British Microlight Aircraft Association.
The first step.....The trial flight!
Book your trial flight online or over the phone.
If you have never been flying in anything smaller than a large passenger aircraft you will never forget your first trial flight! It is designed for you to have fun, and to familiarise you with the aircraft including safety and the flight controls, whilst taking in the stunning Wiltshire scenery. The trial flight can be either a 30 minute or 1 hour flight and in both cases this will be preceded by a briefing session. Once airborne at a safe height, you will have the opportunity to take control of the aircraft and fly yourself. Take advantage of the 1 hour flight - you get a lot more time at the controls, time to really get a feel of what it's like to fly your own aircraft besides being simply a lot more fun!
Flying training by the hour.
Dual training is based on a 2 hour slot which includes a pre-flight briefing session, pre-flight aircraft inspection, 1 hour of flying and a post flight debrief. The cost is based on the 1 hour flying time only. This is the option we find most students prefer.
Ground school by the hour.
We have a fully equipped briefing room, and ground school is available for all the subjects required for your licence - see syllabus. Study at your own pace or split the cost with a fellow student(s). The more home study you do the less ground school you will require, but we do recommend at least one session for each subject.
25 hour flying course including ground school, exams and study material.
25 hours logged flying is the minimum requirement for the National Private Pilots Licence (microlight rating) excluding the General Skills Test (GST). The actual time required depends upon each individual student's ability.
The course includes:
- 25 hours flying time
- 5 hours of ground school
- One full set of ground exams
- Study books
- Navigational chart and equipment
- A copy of the NPPL(M) syllabus Pilots flying log book
Please see prices for current costs.
Licence ratings available.
Regardless of the aircraft you train in all your hours count towards your NPPL whether the rating is SSEA (simple single engine aircraft, max all up weight 2000kg, max 4 seats), MG (motor glider) or MICROLIGHT (max all up weight 450kg, max 2 seats). There are currently 2 types of microlight ratings available to you. Clearprop! can train you for either.
NPPL Restricted Microlight Rating.
A minimum of 15 hours flying instruction of which 7 hours must be solo. The solo hours must be completed within the 9 month period prior to applying for the licence. A general skills test (GST) must be passed; this is carried out by an authorised instructor holding an 'Examiner' appointment.
Flying on a restricted rating means that you cannot take off when:-
The surface wind exceeds 15 knots
The cloud base is below 1,000 feet
The in-flight visibility is below 5 nautical miles
You must not fly outside a radius of 8nm from your departure airfield
You cannot carry passengers until you have logged at least 25 hours flight time (10 hours as Pilot in Command)
NPPL Full Microlight Rating.
In addition to the requirements for the restricted Microlight Rating, a further 10 hours of flying must be obtained of which at least 5 hours must be navigation training under the supervision of a qualified instructor. During the navigation training you must complete 2 solo cross country flights of at least 40 nautical miles each. During each of these solo flights a landing must be made at an airfield at least 15nm from take off.
A pilot may go straight for the unrestricted licence from the start in which case the navigational cross country requirements must be completed within the 9 month period prior to applying for the licence.
Current PPL A / JAR Licence Holders
Under recent JAR regulations you are now required to take conversion training - particularly with flexwing microlights, where the control input is directly opposite to that which you have been accustomed.