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This microlight has conventional controls and is flown using a centre mounted joystick and rudder pedals



All training uses the National Private Pilots Licence (NPPL) syllabus as set up and approved by the Civil Aviation Authority and the British Microlight Aircraft Association

Training Overview
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If you have never been flying in anything smaller than a large passenger aircraft you will never forget your first trial flight! It is designed for you to have fun, and to familiarise you with the aircraft including safety and the flight controls, whilst taking in the scenery. The trial flight can be either a 30 minute or 1 hour flight and in both cases this will be preceded by a briefing session.

Once airborne at a safe height, you will have the opportunity to take control of the aircraft and fly yourself. Take advantage of the 1 hour flight – you get a lot more time at the controls, time to really get a feel of what it’s like to fly your own aircraft besides being simply a lot more fun!



Once you’ve been bitten by the bug, you need to book some lessons. We work on a system of 2 hour lesson slots – this allows for a pre-flight briefing session with your instructor, a pre-flight inspection of the aircraft, 1 hour of flying and then a post-flight debrief. The cost is based on the 1 hour of flying time only, we don’t charge for the briefings.

Your initial flights will all be what we call ‘upper air work’ – your instructor will take you away from the airfield and you’ll work on all the foundation skills needed to fly. Once you’re ready you will move into the ‘circuit’ and put those skills to use learning to land the aircraft. Unlike some schools, we don’t charge you a landing fee each time you touch down!



There are 5 exams you need to pass in order to gain your NPPL(M). Some people like to study at home while others prefer more of a classroom atmosphere, it’s all down to the individual.

We offer ‘Ground School’ by the hour – take a look at the prices and note that you can save by teaming up with other students. You can sit the exams at any stage of your training although your instructor will normally guide you as to when you should be doing each one. None of the exams are too difficult with the answers being multiple choice with a pass mark of 70%.



When your instructor thinks you’re ready, and you agree, you’ll be sent solo. You need a total of 10 hours solo flying to get your licence – you’ll start off flying the circuit on your own and then progress to heading out into the local area and returning to the airfield. You also need to complete two navigation exercises in which you’ll fly to another airfield, have a cake and then fly home again.

With everything in the syllabus done, and all your required hours in your logbook, you can sit your General Skills Test – the flying equivalent of your driving test.




We offer a range of affordable flying training packages designed to get you airborne quickly and economical. All our prices include VAT so no hidden costs or surprises.


Fixed Wing or Flex Wing

This is the ideal package for somebody just starting out on their training towards gaining a National Private Pilots Licence.

It also makes a fantastic gift as all the items come supplied in a smart pilot’s flight bag.

What’s Included:
  • 10 hours dual flying tuition to include all briefings on a one to one basis

  • Flight bag

  • Log book

  • Microlight Pilot’s Handbook – Cosgrove

  • Briefing Notes – Dewhurst

  • NPPL syllabus

  • Check list

  • 1:500,000 airmap

  • Ruler and protractor

  • Knee board (fixed wing) / Map case (flexwing)

Total Package: £1,500

Contact Us

Or call us on 01488208400 to discuss if this is the right package for you.


Fixed Wing or Flex Wing

Having completed your first ten hours training you will now be looking to work towards completing the syllabus and going solo. Before going solo you will need to complete your Air Law exam and will then be aiming to cover the other four subjects as you progress. This ten hour package offers further savings.

What’s Included:
  • 10 Hours Dual/Solo Instruction 

  • Microlight Air Law Exam

  • Human Performance and Limitations Exam

  • Aeroplanes General Exam

  • Navigation Exam

  • Meteorology Exam

Total Package: £1,500

Contact Us

Or call us on 01488208400 to discuss if this is the right package for you.


Fixed Wing or Flex Wing

This package is suited to the committed student who is looking to gain their NPPL(M) and wishes to benefit from the savings which come with purchasing a full course.

Although this package covers the minimum 25 hours required to gain your licence you may need additional hours which would be charged at the usual hourly rate.

What’s Included:
  • One hour flight voucher that you can give as a gift or use yourself

  • 15 hours dual flying tuition to include all briefings on a one to one basis

  • 10 hours solo flying tuition to include all briefings on a one to one basis

  • Flight bag

  • Log book

  • Microlight Pilot’s Handbook – Cosgrove

  • Briefing Notes – Dewhurst

  • NPPL syllabus

  • Check list

  • 1:500,000 airmap

  • Ruler and protractor

  • Knee board (fixed wing) / Map case (flexwing)

  • Microlight Air Law Exam

  • Human Performance and Limitations Exam

  • Aeroplanes General Exam

  • Navigation Exam

  • Meteorology Exam

Total Package: £3,750

Contact Us

Or call us on 01488208400 to discuss if this is the right package for you.

Trainig Packages



Hour rates are from engine on to engine off, and include the pre-flight briefing and post flight de-brief. Every one hour lesson uses a two hour time slot but you only pay for the engine running time. Parts of hours flown are charged pro-rata. Use our factory-built aircraft with no need to buy a share or pay the insurance.

Remember – no charge for landing fees!

Flying Tuition Prices

  • DUAL tuition in school FIXED WING aircraft

    £150 per hour

  • DUAL tuition in school FLEX WING aircraft

    £150 per hour

  • SOLO tuition in school FIXED WING aircraft

    £150 per hour

  • SOLO tuition in school FLEX WING aircraft

    £150 per hour

  • DUAL tuition in your aircraft

    £95 per hour

  • SOLO tuition in your aircraft

    £95 per hour

Exams & Ground School Prices

  • Ground School for 1 STUDENT

    £35 per hour

  • Ground School for MORE THAN 1 STUDENT

    £33 per hour each

  • NPPL exams

    £35 per paper

  • General Skills Test - FIXED WING

    £100 Plus Dual Tuition Rate

  • General Skills Test - FLEX WING

    £100 Plus Dual Tuition Rate

Our Prices



Learn to fly with our experienced and professional instructors over the beautiful scenery of Wiltshire

Dave Cox (Coxy) teaches on fixed and flex wing aircraft at our base at Membury. Coxy is ex RAF and loves all forms of flying. He is a proficient aerobatics pilot, hang glider pilot, paragliding instructor and flexwing and fixed wing microlight instructor/examiner. Dave is our Chief Flying Instructor at Membury.


Dave Cox


Our Instructors



Cloudbase Microlighting can train you for the NPPL(M)

To fly a microlight in the UK, you will need a National Private Pilot Licence, with a rating which covers microlight aircraft. This licence is issued by the Civil Aviation Authority, and is called an NPPL(M). An NPPL holder may add more ratings if he or she wants to fly different aircraft, for example motor gliders (SLMG) or larger aircraft up to 2000kg (SSEA). While the NPPL(M) is technically a UK-only licence, most European countries will accept it to fly microlights in their airspace.

Cloudbase Microlighting can train you for the NPPL(M)

There are currently 2 types of microlight ratings available to you – the Restricted and the Full. The vast majority of our students do the FULL licence, but we offer both.

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A minimum of 15 hours flying instruction of which 7 hours must be solo. The solo hours must be completed within the 9 month period prior to applying for the licence. A general skills test (GST) must be passed; this is carried out by an authorised instructor holding an ‘Examiner’ appointment.


Flying on a restricted rating means that you cannot take off when:-

  • The cloud base is below 1,000 feet

  • The in-flight visibility is below 10km

  • You must not fly outside a radius of 8nm from your departure airfield

  • You cannot carry passengers until you have logged at least 25 hours flight time (10 hours as Pilot in Command)

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In addition to the requirements for the restricted Microlight Rating, a further 10 hours of flying must be obtained of which at least 5 hours must be navigation training under the supervision of a qualified instructor.

During the navigation training you must complete 2 solo cross country flights of at least 40 nautical miles each. During each of these solo flights a landing must be made at an airfield at least 15nm from take off, or a single cross country flight of 100 nautical miles, with two outlandings at airfields at least 15 nm from takeoff and at least 15nm apart. 

A pilot may go straight for the unrestricted licence from the start in which case the navigational cross country requirements must be completed within the 9 month period prior to applying for the licence.

Current PPL(A) / JAR Licence Holders

Under recent JAR regulations you are now required to take conversion training – particularly with flexwing microlights, where the control input is directly opposite to that which you have been accustomed! See the Conversion section for more info, and don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions.

Licenses Explained



At Cloudbase Microlighting we fly two types of aircraft, both of which fall under the microlight category. A good comparison to make between the two common types is that Flex Wings can be compared to Fixed Wing (three-axis) microlights in the same way as motorbikes are compared to cars.

The only difference is these machines fly!

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For Three-Axis training we use an Ikarus C42. This is a conventional aircraft and is controlled using a centre mounted joystick and rudder pedals. The seating is side by side within an enclosed cockpit ensuring no frost bite in the winter!

Powered by a four stroke Rotax engine the aircraft cruises at around 80mph and has a maximum fuel capacity of 65ltrs burning around 12 ltrs per hour giving a very respectable range.

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Quik GT450


Our flex wing aircraft is a Quik GT450. This aircraft stems from the early microlight designs where an engine was attached to a hang glider. Nowadays they have fantastic performance similar to that of the fixed wing microlight aircraft.

The seating arrangement is front to back and the cockpit is open. Flying suits are worn for extra warmth as well as helmets and headsets. These aircraft are controlled in the same way as a hang glider using weight shift.


Microlight Aircraft started in the United Kingdom during the late 1970’s , in the form of hang gliders with small engines attached.

These evolved over the next few years into weight shift microlights, similar to, but more basic than, those we know today; with an undercarriage, three wheels and a seat for the pilot. Three axis microlights, the conventional looking aircraft with a tail and main wing were being developed at much the same time in the USA, and started to appear here a few years later.

At this time there were no design or licensing regulations, but, due to a few unfortunate incidents, it didn’t take long for the authorities to take note. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) stepped in during 1982 and the aircraft became regulated and a licensing system was borne, the ‘Private Pilot Licence (PPL) A Group ‘M’ specifically for Microlight Pilots.

All microlights are now structurally tested and, of course, thoroughly flight tested and approved by the CAA before they can be produced and sold. Microlight aircraft ‘permits to fly’, instructors, examiners and pilot licensing are all now under the wing of the British Microlight Aircraft Association (BMAA) and the CAA. Modern microlights can now carry two people for 500 miles in comfort on a tank of fuel and are flown all over the world. The safety record for microlights is as good as any within the General Aviation field.


In the UK a microlight aircraft is now defined as ‘an aircraft having a maximum all-up weight (including pilot, passenger and fuel) of no more than 600kg, and a stalling speed of no more than 45kts’.

This means these aircraft have relatively short take-off and landing capabilities making them ideal for use at smaller airfields. They also normally run on unleaded petrol so refuelling them is as easy as a trip to the garage. Flex wing microlights can be de-rigged at the end of the day meaning minimum hangarage requirements. All aircraft are given an annual inspection just like a car would get as well as being designed and tested to very stringent requirements laid down by the CAA.

Microlights Explained


  • Can anyone learn to fly?
    Yes. Microlight pilots are a real mixture of all types and from all walks of life. There is no sex, age or other discrimination, just a passion for flying.
  • Is there an age limit?
    You can start learning to fly when you’re just 14 years old. To fly solo in a microlight you must be at least 16, and to get a pilot’s licence, you have to be over 17. There is no upper age limit, as long as you can pass the very basic medical requirements.
  • How many hours do I need to fly before I can go solo?
    The very minimum, assuming no previous experience, is about 10 hours, although even experience flying model planes can reduce this number. Most pilots fly between 12 and 25 hours before the instructor is satisfied that you are both ready, and going to enjoy the experience.
  • How many hours do I need before I'm qualified?
    The minimum hours before you can be awarded an NPPL is 15 for a restricted licence (for local flying only) or 25 for the unrestricted licence. Most pilots take longer than this – probably an average of about 40 hours, depending on weather as well as pilot ability.
  • Is flying addictive?
  • Once I've got my license, what can I fly?"
    This is where microlights really score over most other forms of aviation. You can buy into a syndicate (sharing an aircraft with like-minded people) or you can spend many happy hours browsing Afors looking for a bargain aircraft all of your own. We currently have a syndicate at our Redlands Airfield near Swindon which provides a very straightforward and cost effective way to continue your flying. Get in touch to find out more.


If you have a question or query regarding learning to fly, please drop us a line or give us a call on 01488208400.

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Training FAQ
LAPL Training


With the recent developments in microlight aircraft, more and more pilots are looking to convert their existing PPLs to the NPPL(M) or to fly fixed wing microlights on their existing licences

Why Would I Want To Fly A Microlight?

The benefits of the modern fixed wing microlights are obvious. Not least the enormous cost savings with hire rates from £50 per hour wet and second hand fixed wing aircraft available from as little as £4000. The performance of aircraft such as the Ikarus C42 and Eurostar is comparable to a Cessna 152 with a fraction of the running costs. The aircraft are also more modern and offer more space and comfort than the bottom end Cessnas and other similar aircraft. Add to that the short field performance of these aircraft as well as their acceptance into the larger airfields and airports the scope is enormous. 

What is Involved In Converting From Group (A) Aircraft To Fixed Wing Microlight Aircraft?

For most people some type-specific differences training will be required. This can take as little as an hour but of course will depend on previous experience and aptitude. For those who will require a General Skills Test you can expect further training to ensure you are up to speed on what will be required of you in the test.

Licensing Requirements:

You can either fly a microlight under the privileges offered by a valid JAR-FCL Pilot Licence or a UK PPL (A) or you can opt for an NPPL. The NPPL route will involve a GST and Ground Oral Exam but can offer benefits.

Why might I want to change my licence to an NPPL?:


  • Much cheaper and less stringent medical requirements

  • Easier hours requirements to keep your licence valid

  • You can still fly SSEA as long as you do a minimum of one hour on type every 24 months



  • The SSEA rating is limited to Annex 2 aircraft. But take a look at the new LAPL for info on that…


How do I decide which licence to go for?

The factors that will influence this decision are mainly what you want to do with your flying in the future. You cannot add an instrument rating to an NPPL and hours flown on an NPPL do not count towards hours for a commercial licence. However if your flying is VFR and you are flying the SSEA type of aircraft then an NPPL is a good option. You can maintain your hours for SSEA by flying microlights as long as you complete at least one hour on each type that you wish to keep valid.

What are the revalidation requirements for an NPPL?

You must have flown at least 12 hours in the last 24 months six of which must have been within the last 12 months. A minimum of 8hrs must be PIC and you must have flown a minimum of 1hr with an instructor. To maintain different type ratings you must have a minimum of one hour PIC on each type you wish to revalidate.

How do I change my licence to an NPPL(M)?

Assuming you want to take advantage of the cost saving benefits offered by the modern fixed wing microlight aircraft and the benefits of maintaining an NPPL(M) you are going to need to do a GST and ground oral exam. The amount of training required to do this will depend entirely upon personal ability and will typically range from four hours to ten hours with most current pilots passing their GST in somewhere around six hours.

How can I maintain my SEP type rating?

You can exchange your JAR-FCL Pilot licence (Aeroplanes) or your UK PPL (A) for an NPPL (SSEA) however you will lose any additional ratings such as IMC or FI(A). To fly a microlight on an NPPL you will still need to complete a GST and Ground Oral exam.

Where can I find more information about licence allowances?

There is a detailed break down of all the licence allowances for the NPPL on the NPPL web site Licence Allowances section.

If you have any questions or would like to know more then feel free to call the office or pop in to the office to discuss your options further.

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Give us a call on 01488 208400 to find out more about learning to fly with Cloudbase Mightlighting

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