First Solo Flight for 16 Year Old Eve Prior

Congratulations from the whole team at Cloudbase Microlighting to Eve Prior on completing her first solo flight in the C42 fixed wing microlight. The first solo flight is a landmark for any pilot but to fly an aeroplane alone just a month after your 16th birthday is a real achievement. If you or someone you know would like to try flying microlights why not buy a voucher and have a go.

Cloudbase Airsports Gets New Flying Van

Ok, if we’re strictly honest it’s not actually a flying van. Sorry. It is however our super slick van with a some sexy new art work so keep an eye out for it on the road. It’s most often to be spied hard at work picking up paraglider pilots (yes, we do that too),  when they land in the sticks after their cross country flights.

Be sure to give Lee a toot if you see him and if you want to have a go at microlighting or paragliding why not treat yourself to a voucher.

Hugh’s First Solo Flight at 71 Years Young

Well done to 71 years young Hugh Thompson for flying his first solo in the C42 microlight this evening and fulfilling a lifelong dream….. seen here with his nagging instructor – me! Well done Hugh – you’re well on your way to that pilots licence.

If you think that you’re too old to learn to fly have a chat with Hugh; he’ll put you right.

If you’d like to have a flight in a microlight just give us a call on 01793 790183 or buy a voucher online.

Ged’s First Solo

Huge congratulations to Ged Reid (our very own rain god), on completing his first solo flight in a flex wing microlight and is now well on his way to becoming a qualified pilot. The phrase ‘pleased with himself’ doesn’t really convey just how excited and happy he was. We’re chuffed to bits for you Ged, well done that man.

First Solo Flight for Jay

Congratulations to Cloudbase Airsports student Jay Barot on completing his first solo flight the fixed wing C42 microlight. Good job sir!

Rob Pyle has passed his GST

Well done to Rob Pyle for passing his GST in the flexwing. Congratulations from all of us here at Cloudbase to another new pilot – one more of us, one less of them.

Julia Dawson has passed her GST

Huge congratulations to Julia Dawson for passing her GST in the flexwing microlight here at Redlands Airfield. Well deserved and well done from us all on the team at Cloudbase.

Learning to Fly in Winter

Learning to fly microlights in the UK is often the ultimate exercise in patience. As we all know the weather can best be described as… um… variable. I’m not a meteorologist or even a pilot but I do get to see all sorts of people pass through our flying school and there are some patterns that I’ve noticed.

Even here in the soft south we get all sorts of weather, regardless of the time of year, so new students rapidly learn to be patient. Their attitude changes as they gradually gain experience and get used to my apologetic phone call telling them “sorry, not today, scuppered by the weather again”. To the uninitiated a hot and sunny day is a hot and sunny day and I can sometime hear the disbelief in a newbies voice when I have to tell them it’s too windy to fly. After a couple of flights in hot, bumpy conditions though, they soon appreciate that the weather is a complex subject for pilots and as time goes on they’re generally (a little) less frustrated by my bad news calls.

So if the summer weather can be fickle what about the winter? People are sceptical when I tell them that we fly year round. Surely we just shut down over the winter months while we wait for the spring? Obviously the weather in the winter is worse. It’s colder, wetter, greyer and makes me grumpy. What sun there is skips off the south with the geese, leaving us to get up in the dark and go home in the dark (bah humbug).

The winter can however give us some brilliant flying days. Obviously we get those stunningly bright, clear, frosty days but also overcast days – as long as the visibility is good enough and the winds light enough – often give us better flying conditions than we see in the summer. Yes, there are fewer flying days but the ones there are can often be more productive. The trick for a student pilot is to be flexible and learn to be patient. I can think of at least three students who learned to fly last winter and they were able to take advantage of the calm, stable air in the early days of their training – by the time the bumpy summer arrived they were ready for it. Two of those students now own shares in our syndicate aircraft and the third is on the waiting list.

They did get a few calls from me though: “sorry, not today, scuppered by the weather again”.

If you want to learn to fly give us a call – whatever the time of year.

First Solo Flight for Charlie Simpson

Congratulations to Charlie Simpson on completing his first solo flight in the flexwing here at Redlands Airfield near Swindon.

Rainy Days at a Microlight School

This is Papa Bravo, our trusty Quantum 912 flexwing microlight, getting a little bit of love and attention from her original builders, P&M Aviation in Marlborough. As much as we hate rainy days they do let us get some of the more boring technical jobs done – in this case propeller balancing. We’d rather be flying though!