Microlight Training and Air Experience Flights
East of Scotland Microlights is operated by Gordon Douglas, Chief Flying Instructor with over 30 years' experience of flying microlights, and is the longest established school and club in Scotland, located at East Fortune Airfield, East Lothian.
Experience the thrill of flying in a microlight in the safe hands of an instructor. Fly over East Lothian's beautiful beaches and famous golf courses and see the world's largest gannet colony on the Bass Rock from a different perspective! On longer flights you can take off over the Lammermuir Hills and down towards the Borders or over the Firth of Forth to Fife. You never know, you may love it so much that you will decide that you want to train to be a pilot yourself!
Training For Your Licence
At East of Scotland Microlights we provide training on the Flexwing/Weightshift type of microlight for your National Private Pilots Licence (NPPL) and are governed and overseen by the British Microlight Aircraft Association (BMAA) and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
What is a Microlight?
A microlight is a lightweight aeroplane capable of carrying no more than two people. There are two types of microlight; one, which looks like a conventional plane, called a fixed wing or three-axis microlight and the other type, which looks like a hang-glider over a trike and is called a flexwing or weightshift machine.
At East of Scotland Microlights we give air experience flights and training on the Flexwing type of aircraft. We do this because we much prefer the Flexwing type and the sheer fun to be had with them. Flexwings offer an unparalleled flying experience with a lovely, pure, hands-on feeling of flying and simply superb, unbroken views of the countryside. There's also a huge sense of achievement when flying what looks like a simple open cockpit machine over long distances and across countries. We can get to France from East Fortune with just one stop for fuel for example! It's difficult to put into words their magic - so do come along and try it for yourself - but beware, you may become as addicted to it as we are!
Microlights can be flown anywhere outside controlled airspace - no radio is required (though its use is actively encouraged) - and you have the freedom of the skies (with a few sensible restrictions!). If you have a radio licence then you can also fly in certain areas of controlled airspace.
Microlights are great fun to fly and are often seen as far more affordable than other types of powered flying. Lessons tend to be cheaper, second-hand aircraft can be available at surprisingly low prices with no compromise on safety, and microlights can be flown from fields which would be inaccessible to larger aircraft.
East of Scotland Microlights supports the British Microlight Aircraft Association (BMAA).
Microlighting is currently the safest form of sport aviation in the UK and high standards are ensured by strict regulations laid down by our association, the British Microlight Aircraft Association (BMAA), who are accountable to the CAA. For a lot more information on microlighting see the BMAA's website.
Our instructors are highly experienced, fully licenced and tested by the BMAA/CAA examiners and subject to regular licence revalidation tests to ensure safety and currency are maintained.
The school has two instructors, Gordon and Graeme and is run with help from Gordon's wife, Jill, who takes bookings etc.
Gordon Douglas started flying microlights in 1980 and set up the school at East Fortune in 1989. He has a wealth of experience of all aspects of microlighting and has taken part in various national competitions over the years. As well as being an instructor, he is an examiner, engineer and aircraft inspector. Gordon now only flies at weekends as he is so busy doing aircraft maintenance and inspections on other days.
Graeme Ritchie has been flying with us since 2000 and is an experienced instructor. He has toured extensively all over the UK and beyond and is a keen aerial photographer.
Jill Douglas started flying in 1995 but nowadays is on the ground running the flying school and associated flying club.
The instructors love what they do and hope to pass that enthusiasm on to those who train or have air experience flights with them. The school operates all year, generally seven days a week, from 9am until 6pm (last lesson 4pm), light and weather permitting.
The Support Team
We could not function without the wonderful help we get from many of our club members, but especially from these four:
Colin Fender is our other inspector and helps Gordon out to a huge extent with keeping the fleet of microlights based here in safe flying order. Colin has been flying with us since 2014.
Kim Ritchie does the essential job of keeping our runways and aircraft parking areas cut. She’s a whizz with the lawnmower and makes it a priority to keep them looking smart. Kim has been flying with us since 2001 and is married to Graeme.
Mark Macrae is our groundsman, painter and general helper-outer. He’s helped to create our lovely back garden, revamped our toilet block, keeps the weeds down and so much more. Mark has been flying since 1989 and has been looking after our club grounds for almost as long.
Jim Oliver joined us in 2011 and has been a driving force with building projects – he built us our amazing workshop, toilet block and is always itching for another project!
The club has around 100 members, a welcoming and friendly atmosphere and plenty of flying activities including fly-outs, fly-ins and competitions, as well as social events. Weather permitting, members try to go somewhere most weekends, for a pub lunch in Bute, or just a hop down to the Borders. Weekends away are planned every so often too, the island of Gigha on the west coast being a firm favourite, together with Plockton and Mull.
The school and club are situated just off the A1, about 20 miles east of Edinburgh. Find us.
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The airfield postcode for your Satnav is EH39 5LE.
MIDLOTHIAN EH23 4QG