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microlight aircraft

Microlight aircraft are light-weight weight-shift controlled aircraft that are used for recreation. These are designed to be inexpensive to operate and can be built from plans or purchased in kits. Although these aircraft are generally slower than conventional light aeroplanes, they have a high power to weight ratio and offer a safe and enjoyable flying experience.

In many cases, microlights are a cheaper option for pilots without a Class 2 medical certificate or a Class 1 licence. They can be flown on ordinary automotive fuel. Some are also able to be remote controlled. This means that the pilot can enjoy the freedom of the open air, but the safety of an expert instructor is always there.

A microlight aircraft is a great way to get a taste for powered flight and a new type of aviation. It is a small and inexpensive aircraft that can be used for leisure flights and even for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operations. Depending on the type, they can fly up to twelve hundred kilometers non-stop. The weight of the aircraft can be anywhere from four to five hundred pounds.

There are three main types of microlights, depending on their design: fixed-wing, flexwing, and floatplane. Each has its own set of rules regarding weight and stall speed, which can vary from country to country. Flexwing microlights are characterized by a delta wing, which is controlled by a control bar. Fixed-wing microlights look and feel like conventional light aeroplanes, and can be flown by a person with a general flying license. Powered parachute microlights are equipped with a shrouded propeller to prevent them from tripping on the canopy lines.

Microlights can be bought or built from plans and are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. They can be a single seat or a two-seat aeroplane, or even a two-seat amphibian or floatplane. Usually, the maximum take-off weight for a microlight is 500 kilograms. Weight restrictions vary from country to country, and may include other criteria.

When it comes to piloting a microlight, there are some rules that apply to both the UK and the rest of the world. First timers do not need a licence to fly, but must complete a few hours of training before they can take off. After this, they can register their aircraft and get their Microlight Pilots Licence (MPL).

If you are interested in learning to fly microlights, there are many places to get started. In the United Kingdom, the British Microlight Aircraft Association is responsible for microlight pilot training. Breeze Aviation offers training in Sherburn, and has a fully-equipped EuroFox that is used in conversion courses.

In India, Glider towing is an emerging phenomenon. A microlight can be towed by a ground based winch, which catapults the glider into the air. Many microlights are certified to carry out glider towing operations in the US and Europe.

As more microlights come on the market, they will become more popular for commercial pilots looking to increase their training hours. These small and lightweight aircraft will be increasingly attractive for hire, and will also become a common fleet for aero clubs.