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Flying a uk 600kg microlight

Posted: Sat Oct 10, 2020 7:15 pm
by john_aero
With uk set to raise the limit of the microlight category to 600kg at start of 2021, can the people here on a Irish microlight license fly a uk registered microlight? This uk microlight will also be able carry upto 600kg?

Re: Flying a uk 600kg microlight

Posted: Sun Oct 11, 2020 9:59 am
by mark
Hi John,

The rules have yet to be published. It's likely that the CAA will mandate differences training for pilots to operate at the heavier weights. Until this wording is published is impossible to say whether an Irish PPL(M) could fly a UK registered microlight at the heavier weight. If you were to upgrade your licence to an Irish National PPL(A) then I think you would automatically get the privileges regardless of what training is mandated.

Regards,
Mark

Re: Flying a uk 600kg microlight

Posted: Sun Oct 11, 2020 2:55 pm
by john_aero
Mark

What’s involved in getting the NPPl?

I don’t need to worry as I have my full PPl it’s more for other people who have only a PPL (M) license

Re: Flying a uk 600kg microlight

Posted: Wed Oct 14, 2020 8:08 pm
by mark
Hi John,

If you have a full PPL then I don't see any issues.

For those with an Irish PPL(M), the answer is it depends! If they did the old old microlight licence that was issued in accordance with ICAO Annex 1, then I think they may be able to have the licence re-issued as they already meet all of the requirements (possibility that a skills test may be required)

If they hold one of the newer (30 hour) PPL(M)'s then they will need to complete the missing lessons/requirements between PPL(M) and the National PPL(A). Any revalidations with instructors over the years would be counted as well as logbook evidence of a qualifying cross country. Once that is complete, then a National PPL(A) skills test.

This training can only be completed at a National Flight Training Organisation (NFTO). (e.g. www.funfly.ie)

Hope this answers your question.

Regards,
Mark

Re: Flying a uk 600kg microlight

Posted: Thu Oct 15, 2020 5:57 pm
by john_aero
Thanks mark,

It was more for discussion and other pilots info

The question has been asked by few people in the field so I was wondering what would be best route for people on a microlight only ppl