Microlight flying differences training

CAA guidance updated

EASA licence holders

Article 150 of ANO 2016 requires the holder of an EASA licence with a valid Single Engine Piston Class Rating to complete differences training with an appropriately qualified Instructor prior to flying as pilot in command of a microlight aeroplane. This includes three axis microlights as well as weightshift microlights.

Article 150 also applies to the holder of an EASA LAPL(A) with valid privileges to fly as pilot in command in Single Engine Piston aeroplanes to complete differences training with an appropriately qualified Instructor prior to flying as pilot in command of a microlight aeroplane. This includes three axis microlights as well as weightshift microlights.

However, pilots are reminded that any experience amassed in microlight aircraft cannot be counted towards the flying experience requirements necessary to maintain the SEP Class Rating endorsed in an EASA licence or the SEP privileges endorsed in an EASALAPL(A).

UK national licence holders

The ANO 2016 requires the holder of a UK national licence, including the National Private Pilot Licence (NPPL) with a valid Single Engine Piston or Simple Single Engine Aeroplane Class Rating(s), to complete differences training with an appropriately qualified Instructor prior to flying as pilot in command of a microlight aeroplane. This includes three axis microlights as well as weightshift microlights.

For pilots flying on a UK national licence, including the NPPL(A), flight experience amassed in microlight aircraft with three axis flight controls can be counted towards the flying experience requirements necessary to maintain the SEP and SSEA Class Ratings.