Microlight Flying: Your Guide to Microlight Flying in India

Ever wondered how flying feels like? Not passively sitting in an aircraft but steering your way in the sky as the wind rushes through your hair and the warm sun rays gently caress your face. We have the perfect adrenaline-pumping activity for the lovers of adventure, Microlight flying.

Microlight flying is an aero sport which has gained popularity in recent times. The sport has been revolutionary in the sense that it has given everyone an opportunity to experience the exhilaration of soaring in the sky, miles above the ground, without the high expenses of the usual flying options available.  Here, we explore the whats and hows of this adventure sport.

What is Microlight Flying?

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Microlight flying, also referred to as ultralight flying, is an activity where you pilot a lightweight aircraft, usually a one or two-seater with fixed wings. Older microlights used hand-gliders, making them noisy and slow. Microlights today can cover much larger distances at high speed of 100mph. The maximum number of people it can carry is 2, not more than 450 kilograms. You can even purchase one for a cost of around INR 20 lakhs. Microlights can reach up to a height of 9000m and go at a speed of 290 kilometres per hour. In recent years, microlights have even gone across the globe. They are sturdily built and guarantee a safe aviation experience. In case of an unexpected engine failure mid-aviation, the microlights are capable of landing safely due to their big high-lift wings and low-stall speed. There is a microlight flying centre in India too that specially trains you to pilot a microlight.

Best Time to Go Microlight Flying

Winter, late autumn, and early spring is the best period to try microlight flying. October to March, the skies are usually clearer with a stable atmosphere.

Important Information Regarding Microlight Flying

Criteria & Eligibility for Solo Microlight Flying

  • The person should be at least 17 years old.
  • The person should have a Microlight Pilot license. To acquire the license the person has to undertake a 60 hours training program that includes at least 40 hours flying and clear the oral and written examination which is conducted by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. The license has to renew annually, and the aircraft should be registered under the relevant authority. The aircraft is subjected to regular checks to ensure its quality.

Minimum Requirements To Fly With a Pilot

  • The participant should be at least ten years old.
  • The participant should not be under the influence of alcohol or other narcotics.
  • Only one person can fly at a time.
  • Expecting women are strictly prohibited from flying.
  • If you suffer from issues like epilepsy, diabetes, neurological disorders, high blood pressure, heart ailments or other associated health problems, it is expected that you do not undertake the activity.
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Documents Required 

Valid ID proof like passport, PAN card, driving license or Voter's ID.

Approximate Cost

INR 3,000 to INR 5,000 for a 10-minute flying session. Other things covered in this are flight chargers, pilot charges, briefing, welcome drink, and takes.

Places for Microlight Flying in India

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Currently, there is only 3 microlight flying sites in India which include

1. Mysore (old airport)

Address: Hangar No-2, Mysore Airport
Price: INR 5,000 for 15 minutes

2. Jakkur (Bangalore)

Address: Bellary Road, Post, Yelahanka, Bengaluru,
Price: INR 3,333 for 10 minutes

3. Tambaram (Chennai)

Address: Chennai
Price: INR 25,000 for two people for 30 minutes

Safety Tips When Microlight Flying

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It is extremely important that everything on the aircraft is properly secured since anything getting caught in the propeller which is right behind you can lead to major problems. There is just a single seatbelt that secures you.

The experience is certainly thrilling and one of a kind. It is like flying a motorbike in the air. You should definitely try microlight flying the next time you are in Bangalore.

This post was published by Gauranshi Saran

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