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Dare to fly an aircraft: Microlight Flying

While sitting comfortably (or not so comfortably :p ;p)in a flight, when the captain welcomes you and hopes for a peaceful and comfortable trip to your destination, have you ever wondered about the confidence he/she has. He/she is leading 100s of people to an altitude from where the ground below is not visible most of the time.

Do you think you have what it takes to fly an aircraft? And by aircraft here, we do not mean an actual flight carrying passengers, instead a microlight or ultralight. If the answer is yes, then microlight flying is the adventure sport tailor made for you.

Microlight Flying

How will I fly an aircraft????

Don’t worry… it is super safe. You will be properly trained before your expedition. Moreover, if you are not confident still, a pilot will accompany you during your flight. All you have to focus on is having fun and enjoy how tiny things look, from above.

Let’s start the engine….rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr……………….

A microlight (or ultralight), is a one/two seater aircraft with fixed wings. The total weight should not exceed 400-450 kgs. In some countries the microlight and ultralight are differentiated with the microlight specializing in weight shift and ultralight specializing in 3-axis. A microlight can reach to an altitude of 9000m and you can fly them at a maximum speed of 220km/hr. Microlights are designed for STOL, which means short take off-landing. These aircrafts do not require long runways.

In case of any turbulence, if the engine fails microlights are capable of safely landing to the ground because of it’s low stall speed and high lift wings. These microlight flyers do not harm the atmosphere in a major way, but do make sure that the aircraft is well maintained and up to date.

Microlight Flying

In India, there are some regulations, which have to be fulfilled if you want to steer a microlight:

  • The participant must complete 60 hours of training, which includes minimum 40 hours of flying in the air.
  • The participant must clear written and oral exams which are conducted by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
  • The participant must obtain a Microlight Pilot License (PL(M)), if he/she wants to fly alone.
  • The minimum age to be eligible for this license is 17 years. Yes…… you have to wait that long for this exciting adventure. However if you are being accompanied by a pilot you can relish this adventure at just the ripe age of 12.
  • There is no particular maximum age but if you are pregnant, or suffer from a neurological disorder, epilepsy and high blood pressure you should consult a doctor before booking your tickets.
  • You can enjoy microlight flying even if you are not trained, a pilot will accompany you during your expedition. However if you have taken a proper training and got your license you can handle the microlight alone. We can see your adrenaline pumping already!!!!!!!

    Where can I fly in India???????

    Relax man…. Calm down!!!!!! We are getting to that part…..one step at a time. India gifts you two destinations for this adrenaline pumping adventure.

    Microlight Flying

    1) Shahpura:

    By the grid, you will locate this microlight flying facility 6km west of Shahpura, Rajasthan. This aerodrome is equipped with certified instructors and is also registered to give you the license for solo flying. However, the Go Fly School for being trained in this recreational activity is under construction. Many additional perks, such as Go Fly club and Flyer’s Resort and Spa along with a cool Flyer’s restaurant are going to be a part of this whole constitution.

    2) Bangalore:

    This is the first aerodrome (Yelahanka’sJakkur aerodrome) in India to start Microlight Flying. The latitudes and longitudes of this place meet at Mysore, Karnataka. With just 3500 bucks for as long as 10 minutes, (trust me its long when you are up there), this is the most affordable microlight flying experience you can get.

    Wanna fulfill your childhood dream of flying an aircraft (Cmmonnn... everyone has dreamt of it at some point in life). So book your tickets and register yourself at the destination of your choice to raise your adrenaline as high as your microlight. Happy Flying!!!!!!!!!!!!!!