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Freuently Asked Questions

What is Microlighting?

In a word, microlighting is freedom. Freedom to escape from the mundane routine of life on Terra Firma, and from the confines of conventional flying. Microlighting does not need the facilities that that large aircraft demand. Any fair sized field can become your aerodrome and your garage can be your hangar. Your local garage is your fuel supply and you are at liberty to be your own mechanic.
In the air, the views are out of this world. Skimming past the clouds, flying high, swooping down, simply unwinding and watching the world go by. The sense of freedom is complete; you become part of the machine.

Why Fly A Microlight?

Apart from the thrill of flying in an open cockpit aircraft there are not many other types of aircraft that can give the pilot and passenger such unrestricted views. You can see from the images we publish in our newsletters and on our web sites the fantastic photo's that our customers send us. Not many people get to see such incredible scenery from such heights as can be seen from the seat of a microlight!

Why Choose an Airborne Microlight?

Complying with Australian regulations is a tough business. To operate a viable aircraft manufacturing business in Australia it is necessary for the manufacturer to also create a viable export market. This is important, if there were no export market there would be no local manufacturers simply because the cost of certification in Australia is prohibitive with our small population. Australia along with the UK has the strictest regulations in the world. Some other countries have their own unique standard that must be complied with before a manufacturer can sell the aircraft and get flight approval. When you buy an aircraft you are also paying for the associated costs of certification. Some manufacturers have a higher level of compliance than others, depending on which countries they sell to.

Airborne is audited by the CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia) on a regular basis. We have also been audited by some of the stricter overseas authorities from countries we sell to. Some of these government authorities have even travelled to our factory from the UK, Israel, and South Africa. They audit our manufacturing and QA system, and also check our CASA reporting procedures.

The whole Airborne range is certified. Testing is documented and signed off by an independent government approved engineer, often CASA staff witness our testing themselves. This is not the case with all standards; in many countries the manufacturer simply signs a document to say they have completed formal testing. There are no government audits!

There is no other standard in the world that comes close to the level of reporting required by the Australian and British Authorities. Note: Australian acceptance under new sport pilot rules does not mean that the accepted aircraft has jumped through the hoops that Airborne has, in fact none to date have except UK Section S certified aircraft.

Airborne continues to reinvest profits into achieving worldwide certification and manufacturing excellence. The Airborne range is currently sold into 32 countries. Once we start to sell our aircraft into a new market, customer service has to be maintained for that region. Customers do not put up with bad service and these days the Internet allows customers a voice that may have not been heard in the past.

Some misconceptions: Ever heard or read that microlights or trikes are not good to fly in the middle of the day in unstable air? The fact is we tow hang gliders up in the middle of the day in amongst booming thermals in inland Australia and many other hot climates. Out of all the ultralight types flying, microlights or trikes have made more flights around the world and halfway around (Europe to Australia) than any other. You most definitely cannot pick your conditions on such trips. The latest saw the accomplished Richard Meredith Hardy and blind passenger Miles Hilton Barber fly a GT450 from the UK to Australia in some of the harshest conditions one would want to encounter.

A note on safety. Fly inside the aircraft's flight envelope (see the placard of limitations) and you will not have any issues. They are tested to 6g positive and 3g negative. In straight and level flight you pull 1g, in a 60 degree bank you pull 2g. No Airborne microlights have ever been proven to have suffered a structural failure whilst being flown within the aircraft's flight limitations.

How do I get started?

The best way to get started is with a Trial Instructional Flight (TIF). A trial instructional flight introduces you, the student, to flying and to the microlight aircraft. You’ll be shown how a microlight handles, how to do a preflight check of the aircraft and, best of all, some of the places you’ll be able to fly to when you have your licence.

Is it difficult to learn?

Learning to fly a microlight is like learning any complex skill. It will take time, effort and practice, but you will achieve results. Your instructor will be with you every step of the way to help you learn to fly.

Is the aircraft safe?

AirBorne Upper Hunter uses only new aircraft for training which are maintained to the highest standard. These aircraft are Primary Category Certified, which means the aircraft have been through a thorough testing regime supervised by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and certified to a standard similar to other aircraft, from Cessna’s to Boeing 747’s. Not only that, but your instructor will show you what to do in the unlikely event of an emergency.

Medically, how fit do I need to be?

That depends on what type of flying you want to do. To get started and to fly on your own you only need to be medically fit enough to hold a car licence. If you want to carry passengers or become an instructor you need to have a class 2 medical from a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner (DAME).

Will I get airsick?

Airsickness is almost unheard of in microlight flying as you are out in the open with the fresh cool air blowing in your face. We’ll also ensure that you have warm clothing to protect you from the elements.

When will I be flying?

You’ll get to fly the aircraft from the very first lesson. Your instructor will guide you through each maneuver until you can do it without any help. When you feel confident enough you, you can fly without assistance, and you meet all the training syllabus requirements, your instructor will send you on your own, starting with a circuit around the airport.

How long does it take to learn?

For most people it takes approximately 25 hours of instruction before they can fly solo. Some people take longer, some take less. Your instructor will assess you at each stage of your training, and will give constructive feedback and customise further training. You’ll also assess yourself at each stage of the training.

If you require further information on microlight and gyroplane sales or training, or would like to take a Trial Instructional Flight call us on 0428 444 868 or contact us here.

We look forward to flying with you.

 
       
 
     

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