Below are some of our most frequently asked questions about our microlight courses and microlights in general.
General Microlight FAQ
Microlight Courses FAQ
What is a Microlight?
A microlight is a weight-shift controlled aircraft which consists of a wing that looks like a hang glider and base. Under the wing hangs the base that can be swung to either side or fore and aft to control the wing. The base consists of engine, seats and three wheels for undercarriage. Due to this tricycle undercarriage you will often hear these aircraft simply referred to as trikes. Trikes are certified to CASA standards like any other aircraft.
Compared to other aircraft, trikes offer impressive performance with short take-off and landing, fantastic climb rates, sporty handling, comfortable two-place seating, rapid pack-up and set-up, ease of storage, low maintenance with an affordable price tag.
What’s involved in learning to fly?
To fly solo you are first required by Civil Aviation Regulations to undergo training at an approved training facility. We are here to teach you the practical and theory aspects of the sport to the standards set down by the HGFA. Gaining a pilot’s certificate can be serious stuff, but it is a lot easier to learn than you might think and with the right attitude a lot of fun!
How long does it take to set up a trike?
The latest trikes are very quick to set up. It should take approximately 40 minutes for an experienced pilot to set up the latest trikes. Two persons can set up the aircraft in less than 20 minutes.
What happens if the engine stops?
If the engine stops when you’re flying a microlight, the microlight becomes a hang glider. It will still fly. The pilot must find a paddock to safely land in.
Do I need to buy a trike before I get there?
Here you have three options:
- You can train on our equipment this way we can ensure you learn on a well maintained and suitable aircraft.
- Dynamic Flight School is an agent for Airborne Windsports microlights. We can guide you through purchasing a new or used trike. If there is a long delay in the manufacture of your new trike, training can be commenced on our aircraft.
- If you have already purchased a trike you should make sure that it is thoroughly inspected, trimmed and brought up to the specified maintenance standards and registered in your name. Use of your own trike for lessons is at the complete discretion of the instructor, generally only new or second hand trikes purchased from Dynamic Flight School will be considered.
Obviously trikes must be airworthy and suitable for your skill level. Rohan is an accredited Airborne agent, we offer a full inspection and test fly service for $550.
How many people in a course?
We like to limit the number to 2 students per course.
What sort of clothes would I need to wear for training?
In the winter months you will need to bring windproof motorcycle/skiing suit and a set of windproof overalls. Sturdy Blundstone type boots are best, try to stay away from lace-up shoes as they tend to get caught on items around the cockpit when entering and exiting.
Are there health or other requirements to hold a pilot certificate?
Yes, the HGFA stipulates you must :
- Be above the age of 15 years.
- Have a health standard equivalent to that required for a car licence.
- Have undergone training at a HGFA approved training facility, like here.
- Passed the HGFA theory exam.
- Be a current member of Hang Gliding Federation of Australia.
Can I stay close by when I do my course?
Bungalow style accommodation at the school is provided for $20 per night. You can watch hang gliding videos after the days training, browse local and international magazines. The on-site accommodation includes continental breakfast and all bedding is supplied. Internet access with limited download is available if you bring your own laptop. See our accommodation page for more info.
How much does it cost to train to solo?
Have a look at our prices on the bottom of the course page.
Minimum time to solo 10 hours. Some trainees take 30 hours depending upon age and prior flight experience, we can estimate required training after around two hours of flight training.
We have set aside one week per month for trainees to start or consolidate training. Poor flying weather during these dates will be spent completing theory or exam requirements, flight training will be done during the optimal flying weather.