Q - How much will it cost?
For a student who has their own aircraft, the average cost of attaining their pilot certificate is around $4,800. If a student wishes to utilise the school aircraft whilst waiting for their own trike to be delivered, the overall cost of training is understandably higher.
As well as the hourly rate for both of the above situations, (Pilot Training Course Prices page), costs for clothing, study materials and literature, theory lessons and exam fees are taken into consideration.
Q - Will I need to pass a medical?
A special medical examination is not required. A Declaration of Fitness stating that your health is of an equivalent level to that for driving a motor vehicle is all that is required.
Q - What about the written exams?
You don't need to be "academic" to take a microlight pilot training course. As you'd expect, you do need to learn some theory, because it helps your understanding of the flight exercises and your exam revision. However, for the microlight pilot's licence we will concentrate on what you need to know, rather than equipping you to fly a 747! We found find it helpful to do 10 hours flight theory ("ground school") classes. These are charged per block of 5 or 10 hours at $70 and $60 per hour respectively.
On the other hand, you are encouraged to do your own studying - we'll give you essential study material when you book your course - to reduce the overall cost of obtaining pilot certificate. Other people just want help with specific parts of the course. Let us know if you need any help and we can tailor flight theory sessions to suit.
We also run group workshops on navigation and route planning for those coming up towards their solo cross-country flights.
Q - Are there any age limits?
There are no age limits for microlight pilot training. However, although you can begin the course before you are 15 years of age, you cannot be issued with your pilot certificate until you actually become 15 years old. There is no upper age limit. Weightshift microlight flying, or “triking” as it’s known in Australia, is not a "boys only" sport either. There are women microlight pilots as well!