A National Private Pilot Licence - NPPL(A) Microlight licence is required to fly microlights, and can be gained by training with a qualified flying instructor in accordance with a CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) syllabus of training. The minimum requirements for a full NPPL(A) Microlight licence without Operational Limitations are:
The 5 written exams cover the following subjects and are all presented in a multiple choice format:
There are certain time limits that some of the above elements need to be completed in prior to licence application, and your instructor will cover all these details with you and structure your training accordingly.
There is an option of completing an NPPL(A) Microlight Restricted Licence with Operational Limitations, which only requires a minimum of 15 hours flight training and only 7 hours solo. This licence does, however, carry a number of restrictions including limiting you to only flying in the local area - no more than 8nm from your point of take off.
This may all sound a little onerous, but in practice it is a fascinating experience and great fun. A microlight licence is generally simpler to complete than a conventional aircraft licence. The exams are all multiple choice and, although thorough, the subjects are easily and enjoyably learnt.
Please note that the above licence requirements are minimums and do not guarantee a pass, everyone learns at different rates and times may vary. However anyone with determination and a little application should be able to achieve their licence.