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The National Private Pilots Licence Microlight (NPPL(M))

Microlight training at Compton is carried out in the Ikarus C42 aircraft. This is like a conventional aeroplane with the main difference being maximum total weight limit of 450kg, and it being limited to 2 seats.

The C42 is a spacious, modern aircraft with the comfort and performance of a larger aircraft, only less expensive to run. Microlighting is a great way of flying at a relatively low cost in a wide range of aircraft.

We do our best to keep you with the same instructor throughout your training to help with continuity and confidence – and with personalised one-to-one training you cover the course at a pace that suits you. Each lesson is a two hour block with an hours flying and an hours free ground school. In addition to some self study and one to one ground school you’ll be well prepared for your multiple choice exams and be able to sit them in confidence. At Compton you will reap the rewards of training at a fully licenced CAA aerodrome with an air-ground radio station. Learning on grass (the most common landing surface) will also mean you develop a high level of aircraft handling skill.

Age: You can start to log hours from 14, go solo at 16 and apply for your licence at 17 years of age. As an upper age limit guide most insurers consider 80 a cut-off point. There are exceptions to the rule however – and you can still fly with an instructor after this big birthday!

Medical Requirements: You will need a self-certification medical before you are able to fly the aircraft solo – so around 12-25 hours in to your course. You can do this through the CAA website, which we can help you with finding. Charges may apply but we can advise you on this early in your training.

Time Scale: You can do your licence in a matter of weeks with an intensive training course – or do it at a leisurely pace with one lesson a month or so. Most people take about a year which is an ideal balance between good progress and taking the time to really enjoy your flying.

The important bits: Click here for our price lists. As we own and operate the whole aerodrome we can keep our rates low for you. You will not have to pay for any landings during your training here, so will save money both on this, and by not having to travel to another airfield to do them.

Keeping current: You will need to maintain currency on your licence. In order to do this you must do 12 hours of flying in the 2 years following the issue of your licence. You must also do one hour with a qualified flight instructor.

Light Sport or Microlight flying is on the increase in England due to the ever advancing aircraft capabilities and the relative low cost of running and maintaining these aircraft. As a result training is low cost in comparison to General Aviation flying. And if you decide to ‘upgrade’ to the larger aircraft – some of the hours you will have gained from the Microlight licence may count towards a PPL or NPPL.

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