The Air Experience Flight – your First Lesson
The Air Experience Flight is both a wonderful introduction to flying and also the first lesson in the Microlight Flying Syllabus.
You can book your Air Experience Flight through our web site or over the phone.
It is an unforgettable experience, flying serenely above the rolling Wiltshire countryside in a very light aeroplane, either an open cockpit flexwing or an enclosed fixed wing microlight. As well as the wonderful sensation of flying and the stunning views, you will have the chance to control the aeroplane (with your instructor’s help, of course), and to see and feel whether flying microlights might be a hobby for you.
Here at Clearprop, we fly both the flexwing and fixed wing types of microlight.
We offer both 30 and 60 minute flights, in either type of microlight.
We will provide you with all the equipment you need for your trial flight; what this entails depends on the type of aircraft you choose. In the fixed wing this is just a headset for the intercom and possibly a pair of gloves for winter flying, in the flexwing you will also be provided with a flying suit and helmet.
There are only two restrictions that might apply to you if you wanted to undertake a microlight trial lesson.
Although there is no legal lower limit there is a ‘small size’ restriction; you must be large enough to be strapped securely into the aircraft, and also old enough to get something positive from the experience. Because of this, we put an age restriction of ‘over ten years old’ on our trial lessons.
There is a weight restriction on the aircraft that we fly; the maximum weight that a microlight can be (450kg) does include both occupants. The maximum weight that we can fly with is 100kg, which is about 16 stone.
A typical trial flight will proceed something like this:
We will always start with a briefing at the aircraft to show you how we control the plane, which switch/control does what and what to do should something go 'not according to plan'. Then we will get you securely strapped in, with your headset on (and helmet if you are flying in the flexwing) and and we'll check that you are comfortable and can hear the intercom okay. I will then get strapped in, headset connected, do the 'pre engine start' checks and start the engine. There will normally be a slight delay now, especially if this is the first flight of the day, as the engine is allowed to warm-up. During this time I'll run through the flight instruments and controls with you so that all the dials and knobs have some meaning. We'll taxi out across the grass to the end of whichever runway we are using that day, before doing further 'pre take-off' checks. We always take-off into the wind, so if it's blowing towards the far end of the runway the taxi could take a minute or so. The take-off in a microlight always feels remarkably quick, especially in the flexwing. Within a couple of minutes we'll be at or above 1,000 feet with a wonderful view of the surrounding countryside as well as Swindon. During the flight we will be able to talk to each other easily over the intercom, and I'll be able to point out some of the local landmarks and show you how the controls work. Don't forget your camera! If you would like to have a go with the controls then I'll brief you on the basic 'up and down' and 'left and right' controls and you will be able to fly us around for as long as you like (within the length of the lesson, of course!). All too soon, unfortunately, it will be time to return towards the airfield. If the weather and other air traffic allows we might be able to do a low level fly past so that your family and friends on the ground can get some idea of the fun that they are missing. Once we have landed (always very smoothly), we'll taxi back to the airfield apron, shut down the engine, disconnect headsets and un-strap seatbelts and re-join the others for a well earned cup of tea.