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Flying in a microlight - whether it be 'flexi-wing' or the traditional three axis model which looks similar to an orthodox light aircraft with wings, rudder, tail plane and of course a little engine - is much more exciting than a traditional two/four-seater light aircraft. For a start, you feel closer to the elements with only thin (but strong) plastic between you and the air outside!

It is however a very safe form of flying and you will get to see how it all works before taking off. Most scouts also get a chance of flying the plane. Nice warm clothes are also useful as it can be a chilly business with no interior heating!

For any who wish to learn to fly, this can be a cheaper way than learning on orthodox aircraft and it is great fun. Most scout air experience flights last about 20 minutes, and as it is only a two-seater you get your very own instructor!

How to run/provide microlighting

There are 2 ways of running Microlighting in Scouting. These are:

  1. Scout-led activity - running microlighting yourself or using someone else in Scouting

  2. Externally-led activity - running microlighting using an external provider

Useful links

The National Governing Body for microlighting is:

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