MICROLIGHTING - Overview
| MICROLIGHTING & MICROLIGHTS
Started in the late 1970s the sport of Microlighting developed through the introduction of power units for hang gliders. With the Microlights of this time it was an achievement to fly such aircraft just a few miles. Today, the average microlight bears little in common with its ancestors with Microlights able to fly great distances without stopping. In as little as three hours a Microlight can fly from London to Paris. Microlighting is true freedom.
A Microlight is a simple, light-weight aeroplane which can carry a maximum of two people, take off and land in a very short space (usually less than 100m), is cheap to maintain and operate, and, most important of all, enormous fun to fly.
Safety in a microlight is at its greatest during the winter. Should motor failure occur, a microlight simply becomes a precise and maneuverable two-seater handglider. The snow and stable air mass are a microlight's natural allies.
Where national organisations maintain high design, construction and maintenance standards, microlights have an excellent safety record. Microlights are simple enough that all maintenance may be carried out by pilots themselves.
In spite of their low weight and cost, microlights are extremely capable aircraft. As well as being excellent for local flying, in competition even standard machines frequently fly 1,000km a day, stay aloft for 8 hours without refueling and land in a 50m strip.
| MICROLIGHTING & MICROLIGHT LINKS
The British Microlight Aircraft Association