• Basic Ultralights
• Advanced Ultralights
• Homebuilt Aircraft*
• Kit Built Aircraft*
• Certified Aircraft*
• Float Equipped Aircraft
*Aircraft falling under these designations must adhere to the maximum takeoff weight and minimum stall speed requirements of basic ultralights.
All of these need no further endorsements or ratings. That means you DO NOT require a float rating to fly ultralight floatplanes or amphibious ultra-lights.
• May fly any aircraft falling under the definition of an ultralight.
• May fly nearly everywhere any other general aviation aircraft is permitted, including controlled airspace. (Controlled airspace will usually require a transponder).
• May carry another pilot with no extra qualifications.
• May carry passengers if they hold a 'Passenger Carrying Endorsement' on their Ultralight Pilot Permit.
• May fly any aircraft falling under the ultralight definition on either wheels, floats, or is an amphibious aircraft without requiring any further endorsements - ie.: A float rating is not required.
• May fly any ultralight aircraft during Day VFR - exactly the same as any holder of a Private Pilot License.
A holder of an Ultralight Pilot Permit has nearly all of the privileges of a Recreational or Private Pilot, being able to fly to all the same places, and even being able to take a friend along.
The restrictions are very few - if you wish to fly at night, or IFR, you will need a minimum of a Private Pilot license and then will require those additional endorsements.
This table outlines the differences in privileges between the main license types: 1) Ultralight Pilot Permit - Ultralight; 2) Recreational Pilot Permit - Recreational; 3) Private Pilot License (w/o IFR Endorsement) - PPL
|Number of Passengers:||1||1*||No Limit|
|Airspace:||C, D, E, F, G||C, D, E, F, G||C, D, E, F, G|
|Daytime Only:||Yes||Yes||Day or Night**|
|Need Float Endorsement||No***||Yes||Yes|
In summary, you have the same privileges as a recreational pilot or a private pilot; with the exceptions that you're limited to a maximum of 1 additional occupant; and that persons with a PPL may operate at night with the addition of a night endorsement. You are permitted to fly in all the airspace, and to all the aerodromes afforded to all general aviation aircraft not flying IFR. The added bonus is you are permitted to fly aircraft on floats without requiring an added endorsement!
This table outlines the different limitations in aircraft types. Note: This table discusses the differences in aircraft types, individual pilot privileges will vary.
|Max Takeoff Weight:||1200 lbs||1232 lbs||1232* lbs||12 500 lbs|
|Max Number of Seats:||2||2||2||No limit|
|Daytime Only:||Daytime Only||Daytime Only||Day or Night**||Day or Night|
|Need Float Endorsement:||No***||No***||No***||Yes|
Basic Ultralight - Basic
Advanced Ultralight - Advanced
Certified Aircraft in Ultralight Category - CUL*
Certified Aircraft - Cert.
Many aircraft that are certified, home built, kit built, etc. fall into the Ultralight Category, and are eligible to be flown by pilots holding an Ultralight Pilot Permit (UPP)
In summary, ultralights may carry no more than 2 persons and can operate in day VFR only. Only certified aircraft are permitted to fly at night, or in IFR conditions. Ultralight aircraft do not require you to have a floatplane rating to operate.
Can you really fly for free? Actually, yes you can - in a manner of speaking. Follow along with us on this one:
First of all, ultra-lights typically cost less per hour to fly than their certified counterpart. So for the given amount of money, you can fly more hours in an ultra-light!
Secondly, if you choose to go on to obtaining your Recreational Pilot Permit, 100% of your ultra-light hours can be credited to your time in the more expensive aircraft. That is tantamount to exactly a credit for free hours! Similarly with your Private Pilot License and Commercial Pilot License you are also credited hours.
Thirdly, the more frequently you fly during your flight training, the less review you will require on each flight. This saves you time, and therefore money, in the end. We are committed to making ourselves and our aircraft available to meet your schedule requirements.
Finally, we take great pains to ensure our aircraft are well-maintained, reliable and ready for flight when you arrive. Far too often many other flight schools cancel at the last minute, or worse you arrive and discover defects with the aircraft. These cancellations can cause you to lose not only your opportunity to fly that day, but also if you booked time off work, you've lost that income, too. We have been through this, ourselves, as students and it can cause a great loss of time, money and expense. With aircraft down for significant amounts of time, you will regress in your training; which in turn causes you to have to make up with more flights. If we can avoid you that hassle, we will save you money .... ergo: free flying!
Check us out, we've been around long enough to see other schools cause an exceeding amount of grief to students and pilots; causing delay after delay in their training. And WAY TOO OFTEN not even affording access to aircraft after taking student's money.
Unfortunately many students walk away after so much frustration, dissillusionment, and loss of deposits and monies. Those who persevere usually have had to redo much of their training due to ongoing delays. The more money we save you, the more you can spend on flying.
- Free flying!
“ Ultra-Lights are Unsafe ”
“ Ultra-Lights have poor performance ”
“ Ultra-Lights are very slow ”
“ Ultralights are loud, exposed cockpit, pusher prop configuration aircraft, with go-kart like tricycle wheels ”
“ You do not need a license to fly ultralights. ”
“ You are not permitted to carry passengers. ”
“ Ultralight pilots are not trained as well as other pilots. ”
“ Ultralight aircraft are limited in where they can legally fly. ”
Ultra-lights are no longer the ultra-lights of old. Ultra-lights are no longer what you think they are!
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Nearly everything you think you know about ultra-lights is probably wrong! They can fly nearly anywhere you like, whenever you like; with almost none of the restrictions you presumed. Many have better performance and are just as safe, or safer than certified aircraft! There are so many things ultra-lights can do that you never thought possible.
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