Flexwing or Fixed Wing?
Fixed Wing (3-Axis) or Flexwing?
At Airways Airsports we offer tuition in both types of microlight aircraft.
The flexwing microlight (also known as a weight-shift or trike) has a "hang glider shaped" wing with a trike unit containing the engine, seats and landing gear suspended below. Flexwings are at the lower end of the price scale, and are configured with passenger and pilot sitting one behind the other in an open cockpit. They are exposed to the elements and are steered by the pilot moving their weight from side to side and forward and aft.
The fixed wing (also known as a three axis) microlight resembles a conventional light aeroplane in both looks and control systems. They tend to be more expensive and bulky to store than their flexwing counterparts, but are not as weather restricted and have the option of a closed cockpit (and the luxury of a cabin heater!).
A licence gained on a fixed wing microlight can be cross-credited towards other aviation licences, and pilots already holding their light aircraft Private Pilot’s Licence can fly a fixed wing microlight after a short conversion.