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Practical and theoretical training is carried out with us in Portugal
for the UK NPPL (M) and beyond - even
up to Flight Instructor
level. Professional instruction, lesson continuity,
weather and structured courses are the most essential ingredients
in learning to fly quickly and safely.
Training is available on either a
Quantum 912 weightshift or an
X-Air three axis or the Italian supership
X-Air is a high wing side-by-side seat, dual stick controlled
monoplane. This popular aircraft has been designed with
the beginner in mind, being very forgiving yet giving lively performance
especially when it comes to operating from short unprepared fields.
Experience has shown that students who learn on this aircraft
find conversion to other more sophisticated aircraft much easier.
This is due firstly to the requirement to use the rudder pedals
in order to fly the aircraft more precisely, and secondly, the
extremely light control forces normally only found in very advanced
more aerobatic type of aircraft. This makes for a more relaxed
and less strenuous flight even in very turbulent conditions.
Whilst some schools use faster and more sophisticated aircraft
in the training role, experience has shown that this generally
slows down a student's progress and increases the training time
required to reach that seemingly elusive goal of first solo or
Quantum is a tandem seat, flexible wing, weightshift controlled
microlight. This aircraft has proved itself to be one of
the most popular weightshift aircraft in the world today, being
used by the majority of schools in the UK. It is extremely
forgiving, having the mild stall characteristics normally associated
with lower performance craft, yet still producing good cruise
speeds, superb handling and very fast climb rates.
In order to offer a personal service courses
are strictly limited in numbers and, therefore, it is important
to book early to avoid disappointment.
Courses normally run from Monday to Friday, with beginner
training taking place mainly in the mornings and the late afternoons.
Lessons last approximately 1½ - 2 hours including a minimum of
1 hour’s flying training (taken from engine start to engine stop).
Courses can be completed in several
stages but remember, if you come back, a certain amount of revision
will be required before you can pick up where you left off.
The longer you leave it between courses, the more revision will
can complete your training from start to finish with us even including
any tests or examinations by our staff CAA Examiner. You
can also start your training here, which will be 'signed off'
in your logbook by our UK, CAA Approved
Flying Instructors when you leave. You can then complete
your training when you go home to your local school. Alternatively,
courses can be structured to take into account any previous training
that you have completed.
practical courses include:
& Post Flight Briefings
of Aircraft and Equipment: Flying Suits, Helmets, etc all provided
(M) Practical or Theoretical Syllabus
pilots can start training at the age of 14 but those aiming to
fly solo must be at least 16 years old and to hold a licence they
need to be at least 17 years of age.
pilots on our courses must be reasonably fit and in good health.
In order to fly solo or obtain a licence they must also obtain
a Group 1 or 2 Medical Certificate downloadable from the NPPL
website. Medical standards required are laid down in the
order to handle the aircraft safely they must be between 1.50m
– 1.93m tall and weigh between 45kg – 110kg when dressed ready
to fly. Furthermore although weightshift aircraft are exhilarating
and immense fun to fly they demand a higher degree of skill and
physical strength compared to three axis aircraft, therefore older
people (50+) and those of small stature often find they make more
rapid progress on the three axis microlight.
ladies also like to fly the X Air
(M) Completion Times
is no time limit for any dual training but ground examinations
must be completed within 12 months and solo flying hours must
be completed within 9 months prior to application for a licece.
This often proves to be the major stumbling block in the UK as
the weather can remain un-flyable for low experience pilots for
many weeks at a time.
Some students find it difficult to take the time to complete the
NPPL (M) course in one go; therefore, it is possible to split
the course into separate phases. See the NPPL
(M) Licence section for guidance.
pilots should consult the Advanced
Pilot or the Conversion Course
with previous experience but not holding a current licence may
be eligible for a reduction in the training requirement for the
NPPL (M) – for further details visit the NPPL website.
pilots who have already received instruction with a qualified
flying instructor should bring their pilot’s logbook and, if possible,
they should arrange for a copy of their School Student Record
to be sent to us. Those students who have experienced
slow progress are assured that with the combination of regular
flying; good weather; and a sympathetic, patient and highly experienced
instructor will guarantee quicker learning rates.
training you may feel that you would like extra lessons.
Depending upon aircraft and instructor availability this may be
possible but cannot be guaranteed at the time of the initial booking.
Microlight Pilots Handbook by Brian Cosgrove - Available from:
Pens & Pencils
Flying Instructor Course Syllabus - Available from: The BMAA
Instructor & Examiner Guide (Available from: The BMAA
Instructor Course Sample Pre-entry Examination Papers (free
to AFI students)
Chart 1-500,000 Southern England & 1-250,000 Chart - pilot’s
own area - available from: Pooleys
Chart Marker Pen, Dividers, Notebook, A2/A3 Card, Colour Pens
Pilot Manuals - Available from: Pooleys
(M) Theory Training
Prerequisites: Can read & speak English.
In order to achieve a satisfactory pass mark in the NPPL (M) Ground
Examinations a minimum amount of tutoring is required. Each
lesson lasts one hour and all courses include study material,
test papers, 'mock' exams and
CAA examination fees. Theory classes are usually held
in the early afternoon. Lessons cost £20.00 per
The theory is easy when explained!
Can read &speak English.
training can be conducted with a maximum of three lessons per
day and follows the NPPL (M) syllabus.
cost from £80.00 per hour
and advice from your instructor
Minimum - NPPL (M) Restricted Licence
Conversion course is available to qualified pilots who want to
convert from weightshift to 3 axis and vice versa, or from light
aircraft to microlights. Conversion from weightshift to
3 axis is generally quicker than 3 axis to weightshift and any
sort of conversion normally requires between 5 and 10 hours training.
Providing the pilot holds a licence then differences training
signed off by the instructor is all that is required to be legally
entitled to fly a microlight aircraft.
cost from £80.00 per hour
unspoiled west coast!
contact David Young at Kemble Flying Club who can assist with
AFI and instructor refresher courses. Contact www.kembleflyingclub.co.uk
European minimum liability insurance is a compulsory requirement
for all practical courses which is taken out through us when making
a booking. Any additional insurance required can be made directly
Airsports Insurance Bureau,
Alexandra Road, Cowes,
+ 44 (0) 1983 298480
look forward to hearing from you.
the Booking Conditions
a course to suit your experience and time availability.
Contact Karen to check course and
a provisional email, fax or telephone booking, which we hold
for 5 working days.
We will send you a booking form
Sign and send the booking form by e-mail, fax or
post and pay either a 25% deposit, or the full amount of all
fees except car
receipt you will be sent a booking confirmation including payment
AERODROMO DE LAGOS
Senhora dos Aflitos
Estrada Nacional 125
Tel: + (351) 914 903 384
Fax & Answerphone: + (351) 282 762 906
balance of the course fee may be paid at the start of the
course. Alternatively it may be paid directly into our
bank account at least 4 weeks before the course start date.
We are unable to accept credit cards.
receipt of either a deposit or full payment you will be sent
course enrolment information, further directions to Lagos
Aerodome and your accommodation (if required).
hire payment is due at time of collection (Credit Cards accepted).
students who have booked the theory course should try to do a
little pre course study.
Course Booking Conditions
am medically fit and free from any illness or disability that
could affect my safety or the safety of others whilst flying
a microlight aircraft, over the age of 14 years old), and within
the height ( 1.50m – 1.93m tall = 4ft 11in & 6ft 4in) and
weight ( 45 kg – 110kg = 7st & 17st) lim its.
I understand and accept that it is my responsibility to obtain
and complete the NPPL Declaration Of Medical Fitness To Fly
(minimum standard DVLA Group 1) NPPL
Medical Declaration Form if I want to fly solo or obtain
I can read, write and understand English.
I agree to pay a 25% non-refundable deposit at the time of booking
and the balance of all fees either in cash at the start of the
course or into the AAC bank account at least six (6) weeks before
the start of the course.
I understand and accept that deposits are not refundable &
that lessons are not transferable.
I understand and accept that cancellations must be in writing.
I understand and accept that in the event of a cancellation,
75% of the total course fee will be refunded.
I understand and accept that non-payment of the balance at the
start of the course will be deemed a course cancellation.
I understand and accept that if any lessons are unable to be
completed due to circumstances beyond the control of the school
during my course attendance then I will accept as recompense
a 90% refund of outstanding lessons (not accommodation) fees.
I will arrive at the course enrolment time. I understand
and accept that late or non-arrival may result in the forfeit
I will ensure that any prerequisite documentation will be made
available at the time of course enrolment.
I understand and accept that my eventual level of competence
is mainly dependent on my learning ability and no guarantee
is implied that I will attain a particular level of flying skill
upon completion of any of the courses.
I agree to operate the equipment and act under the instructions
given to me during the course by the instructor(s).
I agree to abide by the Club Rules & Civil Aviation Regulations
and I will conduct myself in a responsible and safety conscious
manner at all times during the course.
I understand that whilst every conceivable effort is made by
Gerry Breen trading as the Algarve Airsports Centre to reduce
all risks to an acceptable level the flying of microlight aircraft
can be a dangerous activity even when practised by experienced
pilots in perfect weather conditions.
Considering that the Algarve Airsports Centre operates in Lagos,
Portugal, all matters pertaining to or arising from a booking
and the contractual relation between the parties are ruled by
Portuguese law and will be submitted to the exclusive jurisdiction
of the Court of Lagos, Portugal (Tribunal Judicial da Comarca
de Lagos) or, if agreed in writing by both parties, to arbitration
in Portugal under Portuguese arbitration rules.