jimInstructor Jim Lister will answer all your questions when it comes to fixed wing training in Scotland.

Who can learn to fly a microlight aircraft?

Anyone. Individuals who are reasonably fit and within the weight limits.

How much will it cost to complete the course?

The average student will spend from £3000 to £4000 to complete the full course of training.

Students are charged for flight lessons based on ‘engine time’ (from engine start to engine stop). The current rate for a 1 hour lesson on a school aircraft is £135 for fixed wing aircraft.

All flight lessons include a pre-flight classroom briefing that will cover theoretical and practical elements of the upcoming air exercise. The pre-flight brief takes approx 30 –40 minutes and there is no charge for this classroom briefing.

There are also nominal administration and processing charges for each exam when taken. Where a student feels he needs supplemental ground school tutoring, this can also be arranged on an hourly paid basis.

Will I need to buy my own aircraft?

Most students eventually purchase their own aircraft. Some purchase an aircraft outright or join a syndicate of owners.

Good condition second hand machines cost less than you would normally spend on a second hand car. New machines are also relatively inexpensive compared to conventional aircraft
What’s the cost of aircraft ownership?

Under the CAA Permit to Fly scheme, microlight aircraft owners can perform most scheduled maintenance requirements on their own. This keeps the cost of ownership to a minimum. An annual inspection by a certified inspector is required to ensure the aircraft is safe and airworthy (similar to a vehicle MOT) and the cost for this inspection is approximately £150.

Microlight aircraft operate from airports, airfields, farm strips, private fields, etc so cost of hangarage varies depending on the location and facilities. Monthly hangarage rates for a fully rigged flexwing microlight aircraft average £120/month at Perth Airfield where Alba Airsports is based

For those in syndicate ownership, the costs are shared by agreement amongst the aircraft owners keeping the cost of ownership lower still.

Passenger Weight Limit for Fixed Wing Flights: 15 St / 95 kg

Our new fixed wing training aircraft, Eurostar SL, G-FLYJ

This is the latest and most luxurious model of the successful EV97 microlight and comes complete with glass cockpit panel and ballistic recovery parachute

Fixed wing training will be carried out in this aircraft and the faithful Eurostar Classic G-CFNW will remain available for self hire to qualified pilots.


Our Aircraft – EV97 Eurostar Fixed Wing Microlight

The Eurostar is a modern high performance microlight with extremely smooth and responsive handling. Truly a ‘pilot’s aeroplane’, the Eurostar is powered by the well-proven and reliable 80hp Rotax 912 engine which gives the aircraft an outstanding power-to-weight ratio, enabling a cruise speed of around 100 mph, yet still retaining the short field characteristics of more traditional microlights.

The aircraft is a delight to fly with outstanding all-round visibility and an effective cabin heater. It is popular with trainees and experienced pilots alike who value its high performance which in some ways puts many Group A training aircraft to shame. Consequently it is in high demand!

Alba Airsports also offer the aircraft for hire to qualified pilots who are members of the Scottish Aero Club at an hourly rate of £105 wet giving such pilots the convenience and availability of a high-end aircraft without the large financial outlay.