across the UK with
YOU in the cockpit!
This experience will last a total of approx. 90 minutes, with approx. 1 hour spent in the air. (We don't compromise on your time in the air. When comparing us with others, check the small print and the time actually spent in the air.)
This package includes a pre flight safety briefing, use of flight suit, headset, helmet and gloves.
This is your chance for a real introduction to the world of microlight flying!
Have a sensational, mind-blowing experience as you soar through the sky in both a 3-axis and a flexwing microlight!
Experience the thrill of being sky high and controlling a light aircraft.
You will be flown by an experienced pilot who lives and loves flying. It will feel like you are in another world as you see Bedfordshire from this unique and amazing perspective.
Experiences start with a pre-flight safety briefing then it is time to take to the skies.
Once securely strapped in, the instructor will handle the take off and climb. Once settled down in level flight your pilot will demonstrate a few gentle turns and you may be given the opportunity to try for yourself.
You may not believe us now, but you will find it is really quite easy (yet still totally thrilling!) to actually fly the aircraft yourself.
Then it's back to the airfield to change aircraft and do it all over again. What are you waiting for?
This experience is pure magic and will remain a treasured memory forever!
We fly Microlights throughout the year.
All equipment: Flying suits, Helmets and Gloves, are provided.
The minimum age for microlighting is 14 years old. No maximum.
There is a maximum weight limit of 89 to 110kg (14 to 16.5 stone) depending on the Aircraft.
Spectators are most welcome to come along to the airfield to watch the fun. There is a decking area to view the flying from and most weekends the cafe is open for tea, coffee, and bacon sandwiches.
Each voucher entitles
to participate in this experience. The voucher is
non-transferable, which means that only the person named on the voucher can use it.
The voucher remains valid for bookings for 6 months from the date of purchase.
Please contact the operator using the details printed on your voucher to arrange a date for
We recommend that you purchase your voucher and make a booking for your event at least one month prior to your chosen date. This is particularly important for weekend events.
Event takes place at
Sandy in Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire, SG19 1ND.
There is currently 1 review of this experience. Write a review.
After 3 weeks waiting the day finally arrived. It was a cold, crisp, clear November day. I honestly can't remember being so excited since my age entered double figures! It wasn't even that I hadn't been in a microlight before as I have, several times, but this was different I was going to actually fly it!
The airfield was easy to find and as soon as we got out of the car the instructor came over to introduce himself. We had already spoken on the phone when I called to check the weather and he had said although the day had started misty it would be 'lovely up there this afternoon'. For some reason I found this reassuring - he said it was going to be good and sounded as he was as keen as I was.
As I had already flown a few hours as a passenger and as I was aware of the basic rules there was not much of a briefing before getting into the aircraft. Paul explained that usually there would have been a proper briefing in the (warm) briefing room to establish where the flight was going to go but I think it was obvious I was keen to get airborne! I would have had time for a cup of tea or coffee while my instructor did the pre-flight check on the aircraft. I was shown to my seat (left hand side for 'pilot') and sorted out my harness.
After taxiing across the road to the runway I couldn't believe how quickly we were airborne - it can not have been more than 80m down the runway. Climbing at 1300ft per minute we were soon at 1500ft above sea level. Awesome! Once level my instructor explained what each of the dials on the instrument panel was showing and what the stick and pedals did. The most important thing to do was keep an eye on the horizon to ensure the plane was flying level. I was eager to have a go and was soon doing level and banking turns left and right and changing altitude. I then spent 10 minutes or so trying different combinations of stick and rudder pedals (every control effects the others so they all have to be balanced) and trying to understand how everything interacted. It was quite challenging...and then the throttle was introduced. Fortunately once this is set at desired number of revs it remains there. My instructor said that we had covered far more than would usually be covered in a first lesson but I actually think trying the different controls in combination gave me real feel of how they all interacted. At this point I decided my brain needed a break and I wanted to do some sightseeing. Making the most of the local knowledge of the pilot, I asked what there was we could go and see.
The insturctot offered to take the controls for a fly round so that I could get some good pictures and flew so that it was out of my window enabling a good shot. It really was a beautiful day - visibility was probably 30-40 miles!
On the way back I had opportunity to take the controls again and took a tacking approach back to the airfield to practice a few turns. Then it was time to reduce throttle and get into circuit ready for landing (so soon - couldn't believe the hour was over). At this point we heard another aircraft on the radio which was also coming into land and after a short delay and change to a different runway we followed it in.
Once back on the ground it was time to get the logbook signed and photographs of me beside my aircraft. This is definitely something I will be doing again and would recommend to everyone!
My first thought when on the ground - when I was going to be able to book my next lesson!
My only regret - probably that I did not read up a bit more about what I was likely to be doing before going. Next time I am going to be better prepared, having read up a bit on Yaw, Pitch and Roll!. Can't wait!
Overall rating: Excellent
"I would like to thank you for providing the opportunity for us to book an experience flying lesson for my Dad for his birthday which he thoroughly enjoyed. We were extremely impressed with the efficency and professionalism of your service and would always use you again in the future and will recommend you to anyone who is interested in this kind of gift to give to someone."
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