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Ultralight Flying USA, Microlight Aircraft UK, Affordable Light Aircraft

September 2, 2019


Hello, my name is Ben Lovegrove and in this
video I’m going to introduce ultralight or microlight flying. This video was inspired by watching a video
of a 16 year old successfully completing her first solo flight in an Ikarus C42 at Popham
Airfield, Hampshire, UK in early 2019. Ultralights (USA) or microlights (UK) offer
a much more affordable way for people to enjoy learning to fly and owning their own aircraft. Ultralight flying is growing in popularity
due to advances in materials and innovations in design. Microlight aircraft manufacturers
all over the world offer a growing number of light aircraft with surprisingly good performance
and comfort. As well as lower costs than conventional general
aviation aircraft microlights & ultralights offer an authentic stick and rudder experience,
often with the wind in your face, although there are many that offer the comfort of an
enclosed cockpit. Mention microlights to non-flyers and they
probably think of flex wing microlights with a single or two seats in tandem suspended
underneath. But as all aviators know the world of microlights
includes many types, including fixed wing aircraft that at first glance look like any
other general aviation light aircraft. The advantages of microlights are many; they
are cheaper to buy and maintain, they can operate out of small airfields and farm strips,
and they are much more fuel efficient. This reduces the cost per hour of flying and
makes them an ideal choice for recreational pilots, as well as for some flight training
schools who want an ab initio training aircraft. Microlights have flown all around the world
(albeit with a lot of refueling stops), and it’s not unusual for UK owners to spend a
few days flying south to visit European and Mediterranean countries. These aircraft can be bought in kit form thus
reducing the cost and giving you the satisfaction of building it yourself, or they can be bought
ready to fly for those keen simply to get airborne. The cost can be reduced still further by joining
or forming a syndicate of owners. This method also brings the advantages of shared experiences,
tips and advice, and the social side of it. So if you are attracted to flying low and
slow in VFR conditions, perhaps hopping from airfield to farm strip, then here are just
three examples of aircraft for sale. 1. The Ikarus C42. The German built Ikarus C42 ultralight or
microlight is a best-seller. It first flew in 1996 and quickly became a popular choice
among flying schools and private pilot owners. It has two side by side seats and a single
central control stick, though the rudders are dual controlled. The cabin is actually 10 inches wider than
a Cessna 152’s. There are four variants, A & B models, each
with a Rotax 912 or 912S engine. So depending on the variant the range is about
375 NM or 800 NM with long-range tanks. The price for a new Ikarus C42 is about 42,000–62,000
Euros or 48,000 to 71,000 US dollars, depending on variant and extras. 2. The Remos G3 Mirage and Remos GX. Another high-wing, two-seat, Rotax 912 powered
ultralight from Germany is the Remos G3 Mirage and Remos GX. This aircraft provides a gentle introduction
to flying for student pilots and is a popular choice among experienced pilots as well. Again, the cockpit is wider than a Cessna
150/152. The range of a Remos GX is about 480 NM whereas
the Remos GXiS will take you 780 NM. You can pick up a ten year old Remos for about
$60-70,000 US dollars or £47-55,000 GBP but if you want a brand new one it will cost you
twice that amount. 3. The Eurofly Minifox. If you want bare-bones flying with no frills
at all how about the Eurofly Minifox? This is a single seat monoplane that has no
cockpit as such, merely a seat, stick & rudders, and minimal instruments. It requires a take-off run of at least 70
metres and minimum of 75 metres to land. The wings can be detached in minutes and the
aircraft can be disassembled for tidy storage or trailer. The price is around £20,400 GBP pounds, $26,000
US dollars, or 23,000 Euros. Those are just three of many types available. You can pick up second hand ultralights for
a few thousand pounds, and as you can see from the aforementioned prices you can spend
much more for a new aircraft with all the latest gadgets and gizmos. If there’s one disadvantage to microlights
it’s the fact that being so light there are some that are not suitable for the heavier
person when flying with an instructor but if you decide to try one out the flying club
will be able to advise you on that score. The fly microlights in the UK you need an
NPPL, a National Private Pilot’s Licence. The NPPL is UK specific and doesn’t necessarily
mean you can fly outside UK airspace with this alone. This differs from the LAPL and PPL – see another
video in my channel about those two licences. For more information about microlight flying
in the UK visit the British Microlight Association’s website at www.bmaa.org. For more information about ultralight flying
in the USA visit the United States Ultralight Association’s website at www.usua.org. For more information about microlight flying
in India visit the Directorate General of Civil Aviation’s website at dgca.nic.in. If you have any tips or advice about owning
and flying an ultralight or microlight, please post a comment below. Thanks for watching. If you found anything
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