Learning to Fly

At Causeway Airfield we offer training for a UK NPPL (Microlight). This is a national licence, however reciprocal recognition is common throughout Europe. Currently a microlight has a maximum weight limit of 472.5kg. This is likely to increase to 600kg soon and already manufacturers are offering aircraft to the higher limit. The licence requires a minimum of 25hours plus passing five written exams and an oral exam, and of course a flight test. All can be done at Causeway as we have a resident instructor and CAA examiner.

Training Syllabus

PHASE 1: FAMILIARISATION EXERCISES AND FOUNDATION

1. Air experience: the first lesson

2. Component parts, controls and systems of the aircraft

3. Preparation for flight and actions after flight

4. Effects of controls

5. Taxying

PHASE 2: THE BASIC FLIGHT MANOEUVRES

6. Straight and level flight

7.Basic climbing and descending

8. Performance climbing and descending

9a. Turning flight

9b. Climbing and descending turns

PHASE 3: SLOW SPEED HANDLING

10a. Critically slow airspeed

10b. Stalling, and spin avoidance

11. Spinning (Non flight exercise, discussion only)

PHASE 4: TAKE-OFF, LANDING AND CIRCUIT FLYING

12. Circuit training

13. Advanced take-off and landing techniques

PHASE 5: ADVANCED HANDLING

14. Advanced turning

15. Unusual attitudes

PHASE 6: OPERATIONAL HAZARDS, EMERGENCY PROCEDURES AND UNEXPECTED/UNPLANNED OCCURRENCES

16a. Forced landings

16b. Precautionary landings

16c. Operation at minimum level

16d. Action in the event of an engine/cockpit fire

16e. Systems failure

PHASE 7: SOLO FLIGHT TRAINING

17a. First Solo

17b. Solo circuit, local area orientation and general handling consolidation

PHASE 8: VFR NAVIGATION

18a. Pre-flight planning

18b. En-route navigation, departure and arrival procedures

18c. Navigation at minimum level and/or in deteriorating conditions

18d. Unsure of position and lost procedures

PHASE 9: PREPARATION FOR THE GENERAL SKILLS TEST AND GROUND ORAL EXAM

19a. Dual revision for GST

19b. Revision for the ground oral exam

19c Documentation review

— General Skills Test and oral exam.– Pilot’s Licence Issue, then Plenty of affordable flying!

To maintain the licence, requires a minimum of 12 hours in the 2 year period since gaining the licence, with at least 6 hours in the last 12 months including a one hour flight with an instructor in the last 3 months (to maintain the original validity period). Alternatively, pass another Skills Test.

Most pilots accrue around 50 hours a year as microlights are an affordable way to fly!