The microlight revolution

Will 3-axis microlights take over from GA light aircraft as the sport aircraft of choice? Nick Spall took to the skies to find out what makes them special

Microlights were once considered to be limited in operation, being slow and with restrictive structural loading limits. Then, in 2021, the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) increased the weight definition limit on microlights to 600kg. Now, two-seater 3-axis control tourers such as the Skyranger Ninja, Ikarus C42 and Eurofox can do most of the things that a conventional Cessna or Piper does, but at much less cost and with more relaxed pilot licensing and aircraft servicing requirements.

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