introduction to Start Flying learn to fly fixed wing aircraft learn to fly helicopters or autogyros learn to fly ultralights and microlights learn to fly gliders learn to fly hangliders learn to fly paragliders and paramotors learn to fly balloons


   the 3 axis microlight
   the ultralight revolution
   how microlights fly
   how to fly a 3 axis microlight
   the flexwing microlight
  how to fly a flexwing
  flying microlights in winter
   how to read an air map
  basic aircraft navigation
  about airfields
  getting a microlight licence
  microlight FAQs
  microlight links

the 3 axis microlight

Being shown around a microlight for the first time can be a bit daunting. This section will help familiarise you with the key elements in advance.

The drawing below is of a typical 3 axis microlight such as a Thruster. High wing aircraft give a wonderful view of the ground. The downside is that the upper wing surface is hard to clean. In addition, the wing height of many types is just right to tear off your scalp unless you are a lot shorter than the average bear. Care must be taken when turning in flight as the wing obscures your vision in the direction you are turning. Just mouse over the grey spots to find the names of all the parts

Low wing aircraft are easy to fuel, your vision is not obscured when turning, but they are harder to get into. If you fly a fabric covered aircraft, there is always the anxiety that a passenger, or indeed yourself, will put a foot through the wing! The underside of the wing and main gear is a wet and unpleasant task to clean.

a Eurostar microlight- a popular 2 seat aircraft with flying clubs