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Welcome to Smiley Wings Aviation Flying School. 

We are a microlight flying school opening mainly in Southeast England, we fly the modern Pipistrel Alpha Trainer, a sleek composite aircraft built with the latest construction methods and modern avionics. Book a trial flight with us and see what flying is all about. If you wish to get your own licence, we can teach you to fly so you too can enjoy the freedom of flight. 

What is a microlight? 

A microlight in the UK is: 

From the 19th August 2021, (600kg - LIGHT SPORT MICROLIGHTS)

Designed to carry not more than two persons which has a Maximum Total Weight Authorised (MTWA) not exceeding:

  • 600 kg for a single seat and two seat landplane (Permit to Fly).

  • 650 kg for a single seat and two seat amphibian or floatplane (Permit to Fly).

  • Stalling speed at the maximum weight authorised not exceeding 45 knots (Calibrated Airspeed).

Designs certified or started certification/build prior to 19th August 2021:

  • 300 kg for a single seat landplane (Single Seat DeRegulated -SSDR).

  • 315 kg for a single seat landplane equipped with an airframe mounted total recovery parachute system

  • 330 kg for a single seat amphibian or floatplane

  • 390 kg for an amateur built single seat landplane for which a UK Permit to Fly or Certificate of Airworthiness was in force prior to 1 January 2003

  • 450 kg for a two seat landplane

  • 472.5 kg for a two-seat landplane equipped with an airframe mounted total recovery parachute system

  • 495 kg for a two seat amphibian or floatplane

  • Stalling speed at the maximum weight authorised not exceeding 35 knots (Calibrated Airspeed).

 

Whatever their size or shape all Microlights are designed to be fun to fly and inexpensive to operate.

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