There are no operational limitations outside of what is to be expected in a light aircraft's flight manual.
PPL or any National Unrestricted Licence for single-engined landplanes suffices. Cannot be flown on microlight-only licences
I havae never thought of a VLA as othere than normal - and very sensible at that
A microlight class aircraft, as you say, is restricted to an allup weight of 450kg. however, many of these aircraft can operate at ranges in excess of this, allowing extra instrumentation, fuel tanks etc to be included. They then operate on a permit, and you need a PPL(A) to fly same. Often, but not always, they will be imported as a kit and constructed under the eye of SAAC.
Ay Ultraflight, we have a Samba XXL which is in the microlight class, but can also be oiperated under a Permit. You should note that the classes are not interchangeable, once you put it on a VLA Permit, it cannot revert to microlight & vv.
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If you're in the Abbeyshrule area, drop in and we'll give you more info.
There are 2 VLA/Microlight aircraft in Kilrush. Most people think of microlights as those little aircraft where you sit out in the wind that have fabric covered wings. There are now 2 of the modern microlights in Kilrush. a Tecnam and a Zodiac CH601XL. I'd think that you would have problems identifying the 2 aircraft as microlights as they look very similar to what I would call conventional aircraft.
In the pilot lounge in Kilrush there is a notice from the owner of the Tecnam giving rides to anyone who is interested. I'm just getting to know my CH601XL but once I've got about 20 hours under my belt I'd be happy to let you have a ride in it.
There is a Eurostar agent just outside of Portloise, There is another agent in Galway selling rather good looking glass fibre mircolights. The choice of aircraft in Ireland is expanding all the time
Yoyo mentioned the Tecnam VLA at Kilrush. This aircraft is featured in the next Issue of the magazine. Mick Bevan wrote a brilliant review of it. Essam was also kind enough to invite us down for a flight in it. What a wonderful aircraft. Below is a picture taken last Thursday at Kilrush with the editor on board.
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