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If you are considering flying as a hobby, especially if you have caught the flying bug from a trial lesson - You will need to follow an approved flight and training course provided by a qualified microlight flying instructor. A restricted (local) NPPL licence requires you to complete a minimum of 15 flying hours of instruction and solo flying. Few people qualify on the minimum hours and may need more than that to meet the grade. You need to pass multi-choice questions on subjects such as Principals of Flight, Power and Ancillaries, Basic Flight Instruments, Air Law, Human Performance limitations, Meteorology, Navigation, Flight Planning and Map Reading. This looks a little overwhelming but it is fair to say that a small 168 page book written by Brian Cosgrove includes all you need to know for these subjects. Why not come and meet our Students and Pilots? their enthusiasm and encouragement will soon put you at ease.
You can plan on taking around 18 months to get your ticket, mainly because of weather limitations. You will spend in the region of £5000 to get there and aircraft, even 3 axis (like conventional light aircraft) cost from around £4000 for a clean second hand example, to realistically maybe £50,000 for a new Flying Machine.
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