Welcome to my Microlight Flying Training Blog
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth, And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings…
John Gillespie Magee’s poem ‘High Flight’ is a poem which for me encapsulates the sheer joy and thrill of flying. I once experienced this thrill many years ago and now I will be embarking on a course of microlight flying training.
An Affordable Way To Fly
OK maybe not exactly cheap but compared to the costs of learning to fly in a light aircraft such as a Cessna 152, it is. The British Microlight Aircraft Association (BMAA) reckons you should budget for £2.5 to £3.5K in order to get your National Private Pilot’s Licence (NPPL) – considerably less than the circa £10K cost of obtaining a PPL to fly light aircraft. Slipping the surly bonds of Earth could simply be the cost of forgoing that second car!
…Romeo Whisky Victor you’re cleared for take off Runway 27…
You apply full throttle and begin to accelerate down the runway strip to take off speed. Once reached you pull back on the control column and you’re away. Where will you fly to today? Perhaps if you’re up North a flight from Carlisle Airport across to Ullswater in the hauntingly beautiful Lake District, will inspire you as much as Wordsworth when he penned his famous poem Daffodils. Or if you’re down South, taking in a birds eye view of the white cliffs of Dover may tickle your fancy. As the saying goes the sky’s the limit!