FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. How many hours of training are there in the NPPL(M) syllabus?
A. The course requires a minimum of 25 hours training plus tests.
Q. How old do you have to be to learn to fly?
A. You can start logging flying hours from the age of 14, fly solo at the age of 16 and apply for your licence at 17. There is no upper age limit.
Q. How do I book lessons?
A. Lessons are booked through our online booking system. This system allows you to book lessons, PPL hire, ground school sessions and exams at any time of the day.
Q. What happens if I do not show up for a lesson/trial flight?
A. Bookings must be cancelled with a minimum of 24 hours notice. Any 'no shows' will be subject to a cancellation charge. If you do not show up for a trial flight booking then the voucher will be void and you will not be able to redeem it again.
Q. Can I cover the entire NPPL(M) syllabus at Mainair?
A. Of course. We have a team of flight instructors, examiners and a Radio Telephony instructor who will guide you through.
Q. What equipment do I need when learning to fly?
A. You can find more information on equipment here.
Q. Can I fly abroad with my NPPL(M) licence?
A. Permission has to be sought from the relevant authorities.
Q. Can I fly at night?
A. No, microlights are not permitted to fly at night.
Q. Can I do aerobatics?
A. No, microlights are not permitted to do aerobatics.
Q. What is the range of a typical microlight?
A. This depends on the aircraft type. On average most microlights can fly up to 400-500 miles however some types have a range up to 900 miles.
Q. How fast can a microlight travel?
A. The typical cruise speed of a microlight is around 90-100mph.
Q. Do you provide ground school courses to help me complete my exams?
A. Yes. We provide extensive one to one tuition or even group classes which prove very popular.
Q. Where can I get my flight school equipment?
A. We can provide everything you need from headsets, GPS equipment, charts, pens and pencils. We even provide PPL starter packs. All of this can be purchased from our online store or by contacting us.
Q. What type of aircraft do you have?
A. We operate two EV97 Eurostars and three Ikarus C42A microlights. See 'Our Aircraft' for more information.
Q. Do I get charged from the moment I get in the aircraft?
A. No! We only charge you for the time spent in the air, not taxiing time. This is unique as many other schools charge for taxi time.
Q. What are the medical requirements to learn to fly?
A. The medical requirements are based on the DVLA Driving Medical standards. More information can be found here.