Microlight flying is a relatively New Age sport that allows you to soar through the skies as free as a bird. The microlight aircraft is small enough to be transported by car, but big enough to carry two people so you and a partner may enjoy the freedom that this adventurous activity provides.
Microlighting adventure tours is attracting a diverse mix of people, from experienced pilots to those individuals who have never flown before. There are numerous schools around the country where you can go for training, as well as hire equipment. A microlight is defined as being a non-foot launched aeroplane of which the empty mass does not exceed 150kg for a single seater and 175kg for a two-seater craft. Microlights have an exceptional safety record in South Africa, but nevertheless being fully equipped with the knowledge and skills required to handle the craft, as well as taking care when flying, is the best way to ensure a safe flight.
Microlights can generally cover a fair distance (from Pretoria to Nelspruit to give you an example), so you can enjoy literally hours of soaring the skies and taking in the breathtaking views. With schools and centres in Durbanville (Cape Town), Lamberts Bay, Oudtshoorn and Hermanus, you can enjoy breathtaking ocean views and possibly even migratory whales if the time of year is right. Training is also offered in the Kalahari so you can enjoy game watching from a different point of view, as well as in areas such as Natal, Hoedspruit, over the Drakensburg and beyond, all offering spectacular views.
During the 1970s and 80s many people sought an affordable way of flying. Aviation authorities set up definitions of lightweight, low-speed aircrafts that could be subject to minimum regulation. This resulted in the development of the microlight, although weight and speed limit varied from country to country. In the early years’ of microlight development safety records were dismal due to the fragile nature of the aircraft. As the design was improved upon, pilot error was shown to be the cause behind most microlight accidents. As a result, many countries require a microlight license or certificate, which is endorsed by pilot’s organisations. All of the microlight schools affiliated with Dirty Boots are registered and will have you flying microlight aircrafts in no time!