Team Britain Is Pure Microlighting Gold

Industry: Lifestyle

Following its gold at the European Microlight Championships, the British team is to collect another microlighting honour this spring.

Kent, UK (PRUnderground) May 10th, 2011

Microlighting is at its best in the UK it seems, as the British Microlight Team that took the overall team gold medal at the European Microlight Championships in 2010 is set to receive the Prince of Wales cup at the forthcoming Royal Aero club awards in London.

The medal-winning pilots will accept their award at the ceremony to be held at the RAF Club in London in mid-May and firmly puts microlighting on the aviation map at this prestigious event.

The gold medal was won at the 11th FAI (Federation Aeronautique Internationale) European Microlight Championships that took place in the summer of 2010 at Sywell airfield in Northamptonshire. The week-long competition saw over 98 microlighting experts from countries including France, Czech Republic and Poland flying a total of 15 tests.

Great Britain triumphed with two golds, a silver and a bronze medal which in turn meant the team gold was theirs too. Flying featured several categories including solo and two seater flexwing microlights, as well as two seat fixed wing aircraft.

Microlighting has been popular since the 1970s and 80s, when pilots wanting to get airborne affordably starting designing and building lightweight, slow-flying aeroplanes that are easy to fly and maintain. These ultralight planes have strict weight and speed limits and the designs have continued to evolve, with modern fixed-wing microlights that look like standard aircraft, only lighter.

For anyone who doesn’t have a pilots licence there is still a way to have go at microlighting. Many microlight flying schools offer trial lessons, where a pilot will take up a passenger in a twin-seat microlighting. During the flight passengers will be invited to take the controls for a truly hands-on experience. These taster microlighting flights can be bought online from activity gift voucher website Into the Blue and prices start at £55 for a 20 minute flight.

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Into the Blue offers microlighting at locations throughout the UK, with 20, 30, 45 and 60 minute lessons available from £55.

The sport of microlighting is regulated by the FIA (Federation Internationale Aeronautique) and most microlight schools in the UK are members of the British Microlight Aircraft Association (BMAA)

About Into the Blue:

Into the Blue is a specialist experience activity gift voucher company that started life in 1996 as an off-shoot of Air Displays International Ltd (operator of the world-renowned Biggin Hill Air Fair), offering flying activities, microlight experiences, balloon flights etc, throughout the UK.

Since then, the company has added a whole range of different activities to the portfolio of activity gift voucher experiences, which now totals in excess of 800. All experiences are available to buy directly from or by calling 01959 578100.

The company continues to evolve the range and believes that there is a perfect experience suitable for every individual and for every occasion.


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