Learning to fly a weight-shift microlight
On this page you will find information on obtaining
a Microlight Pilot License
in Australia to operate and fly an Airborne weight-shift
are several ways to earn your microlight pilot licence.
One of the best ways to start, if you have not already
experienced microlight flying, is a Trial
Introductory Flight. To get your full
license you can study full or part-time and do part
of the theory/study at home, but as flying a microlight
is predominantly a practical experience much of your
practice will be gleaned from a qualified instructor
on the field. A microlight pilot license
can be obtained with as little as 20 hours practical
training which will include both ground time and flight
Once you have completed and successfully passed your
flight training course your Pilot Certificate will
be issued by either HGFA (Hang Gliding Federation
of Australia) or RA-Aus (Recreational Aviation Australia).
To start you are required to be 15 years of age or
older and be medically healthy (to the standard that
is required to acquire a drivers license). You will
then need to find an approved flight training instructor.
You can find a list of microlight flight
training instructors here.
Cost for getting a licence
Flying an aircraft is more affordable than ever and
microlights make it even more affordable. The average
cost of a microlight pilot licence is usually between
$5,000 and $6,000, depending on whether you choose
to do a full or part-time flying course. A full-time
course condenses the information into a shorter period
making it slightly cheaper. For part-time training
you can stretch your course out to weeks if necessary.
Basic course structure
Basic course structure usually begins with flight
theory on the lessons for that day, instruction on
the microlight controls and then flight instruction.
Depending on your progression, solo flights are usually
achieved after 10 hours of dual instruction. A further
10 hours will be required before you can fly unsupervised.
Once you have qualified for your Microlight
Licence there are some additional endorsements
which require further training:
- Passenger carrying endorsement
- Radio operators endorsement
- Cross country navigation endorsement
- Advanced navigation endorsement
- Instructor ranking
Choosing a flight school
There are many microlight flying schools in Australia
and you will need to find one that is endorsed to
teach weight shift. Our microlights are classed as
weight shift control. A good place to start is the
Airborne website where you will find a list of our
dealers which also operate as flying schools.
You will have a choice of either a full time or part
time course. Full time you can become qualified over
a two week period (weather and skill permitting).
If you have other commitments or want to spread the
cost. You can learn to fly over a longer period one
day per week for example. Booking in for a full time
course is more efficient, however many pilots take
their lessons over a longer period.
Some schools offer accommodation and another advantage
of taking a full time course is you can then take
lessons anywhere in Australia and combine your flight
training with a holiday. Either way learning to fly
is exciting and a lot of fun.
What aircraft to choose?
Once you have your license you can fly any of the
microlight aircraft in our range. Your instructor
will ensure you are ready to fly whichever aircraft
you choose. If you are not sure which model is suitable
you can discuss this with your instructor or the factory.
You will be asked where you intend to fly from? e,g
airport or a smaller grass strip. What distance you
would like to travel? e.g. local flights or longer
cross country. This will determine whether you need
a slower wing or a faster wing or a wing in the middle
that is more versatile. .
Become part of the flying community
Many school are affiliated with their local microlight
club. The clubs or the schools themselves often organize
meetings and flying events. The flying events can
take you and fellow pilots on 1000 plus nautical mile
cross country flights over several days or weeks.
Some customers have picked up their aircraft from
the factory and flown them home as far as 5000 NM
away. Seeing the countryside from the air is far more
spectacular than seeing it by road. Pilots share a
special bond and the camaraderie is all part of the