in the early days, in most cases, were nothing more
than lawnmower engines. Today, purpose built two-stroke
and four-stroke engines are powerful, efficient and
are not expected to ‘pick it up as you go along’,
as they were in the early days. The training of microlight
pilots has been properly organized in many countries,
based on progressive training courses. In the United
Aviation Authority approved flying instructors train
pilots according to an approved syllabus.
In the United Kingdom,
Microlight Aircraft Association (BMAA) looks after
pilots interests. BMAA approved inspectors are available
to check the airworthiness of aircraft. The association
also represents its membership in discussions with the
CAA (and other organisations) concerning matters such
as licensing issues, and future aviation legislation.
A bi-monthly magazine is distributed to all members
and informs members of recent developments in the world
of microlighting. Although they have been used for crop spraying, aero-towing,
aerial photography and by the armed forces, microlights
are principally designed for pleasure flying.