Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Medical Requirements?

For those wanting to obtain their license, a declaration of fitness form must be countersigned by your G.P. and cannot be issued to anyone suffering from: epilepsy, fits, severe head injury, recurrent fainting, giddiness or blackouts, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, insulin controlled diabetes, any psychiatric disorder or any other disorder liable to cause incapacitation.

Are they safe?

Absolutely. All Microlights in the UK used for flight instruction/ experience fliying have to go through an exacting certification process which is controlled by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

Due to their light weight and low minimum speeds microlight aircraft have very good forgiving characteristics. Recent official statistics from the CAA showed that microlight aircraft to be the safest form of private aviation in the UK in terms of serious accidents divided into hours flown.

However, any aircraft is only as safe as the pilot who flies it, therefore thorough training and a high degree of common sense are both vital in the making of a safe pilot.

Can I have a short go to see if I like it?

We offer a thirty minute and one hour flights to see if you like the sensation of flight. Very few people land disappointed.

Is it possible to fly in winter?

Some of the best flying is during the winter months. Although the days are shorter the denser, colder air makes flying conditions really good.

Is there a minimum age?

Flight training can commence at any age however hours won’t count until you’re 14. You can fly solo at 16 and the youngest age for license issue is 17. In terms of children we will only carry people who can suitably fit into the safety harness.

Is there a weight limit?

This depends a little on aircraft type, but in general the maximum body weight is 110 Kg (17.5 stones). We may be able to accommodate heavier people, please call…

Does the weather affect training?

Unfortunately yes, fair weather is required especially during training where you will want to be concentrating on learning to control the aeroplane before having to deal with the techniques required for different types of weather. In general the conditions required for flying are:

  • Wind speed no more than 15 to 20 mph
  • Visibility greater than 5 Km in flight
  • Cloud base above 1000 feet
  • Preferably no rain, though it is quite possible to fly in light rain it is a very miserable experience in an open cockpit.

We tend to fly in conditions that would be suitable for other outdoor pursuits.

When are we open?

Oban Air Sports operates only at weekends. Generally this coincides when most people are available to fly. This could be subject to change depending on the level of demand.

Contact

Oban Air Sports
14 Cadder Court
Gartcosh
North Lanarkshire
G69 8FB

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