Clement Buchanan First Solo Flight
Wed, Oct 18, 2017

Clement Buchanan took his first flying lesson less than 7 weeks ago and today (18/10/2017) with less than 9 hours dual training he flew his first solo flight . Clement is aiming to get his get his Microlight license and then his group A license before April so he can take advantage of the free LAPL license conversion .

Roy Clarkson's First Solo flight.
Wed, Oct 18, 2017

Roy Clarkson has been waiting for several weeks for the fog to clear and the hurricanes to shuffle past the airfield at Newtowards so that he could embark upon his first solo flight. Today (18/10/2017) his long awaited opportunity arrived and he happily grabbed his first solo using Runway 15. It was a smooth landing and we’ll worth waiting for. Congratulations Roy.

Damien Martin and son Tom go solo on the same day.
Fri, Oct 6, 2017

Like Father, like Son !! Damien Martin and his son Tom are both learning to fly at Northern Ireland Microlights and it is probably not a coincidence that they both achieved their First Solo flights in the school Thruster on the same day (6/10/2017). It was only fair that dad went first and while he was quietly celebrating 16 year old son Tom proved that he could do it just as well. Congratulations to both . Mum and the Instructor were well impressed.

Tim Gallagher Passes the General Skills Test
Sun, Sep 24, 2017

Tim Gallagher owns a vehicle recovery business and has been known to give a lift home to the odd winged vehicle that got stranded away from it’s home airfield. On 24/9/2017 Tim passed his General Skills Test in the School Thruster with flying colours and will soon be flying about in his own aircraft . So if Tim gets himself stranded away from his home airfield he won’t even need to make a phone call. Congratulations Tim Gallagher and welcome to that ancient order of Qualified Microlighters .

Gary Crosbie completes his first solo flight.
Sun, Sep 24, 2017

Citi Banker Gary Crosbie proved today that he can not only be trusted with your money but can also be trusted to fly a Microlight Aircraft. On 24th September Gary completed his first solo flight in the school Thruster at Newtowards . Congratulations Gary .

Gavin Crossan . First Solo Flight 25th August 2017
Fri, Aug 25, 2017

Gavin Crossan spent the morning of 25/8/2017 operating a 27 ton earth mover and the afternoon operating a Thruster MIcrolight. The only difference was he didn’t have to do his first solo flight in the earth mover today. As first solo flights go it was very professional with an exceptionally smooth touch down. Congratulations Gavin

Richard Dalzel Passes his GST.
Wed, Aug 23, 2017

Successfully avoiding the nasty big rain clouds today (23/8/17) was a challenge in itself but passing his General Skills Test simultaneously was definitely the icing on the cake for Richard Dalzell . Now Richard’s only problem is prizing the Jabiru he part owns from the grasping paws of the other members of the group. Well done Richard , your license should be in your hands by early September.

David Stewart Solo on 10th August
Thu, Aug 10, 2017

David Stewart has flown gliders for several years but until now has not flown powered Aircraft . It only took him two hours to become familiar with the noisy buzzy thing at the front of the Thruster before he flew his first solo flight on 10th August. ( Just unfortunate that you have to put fuel in it ).

Lawrence Devine Passes GST
Sun, Jul 23, 2017

Lawence Devine’s weekly pilgrimages all the way from Letterkenny to the Ulster Flying Club paid off on the 23rd July when he passed his GST in the school Thruster . Now Lawrence can look forward to flying that nice little X Air that he has stashed away at Mac Borden’s airfield in Letterkenny. Nice one Lawence !

Phelim Brady Passes GFT.
Sun, Jul 16, 2017

Phelim Brady already has a license to drive a 44 ton Articulated Truck and after passing his GFT on 16th July he will have a license to fly a 450kg Microlight Aircraft as well . Guess which one he prefers ?

Tim Gallagher. First Solo Flight
Mon, Jul 10, 2017

Tim Gallagher has the right to look pleased with himself after competeing his first solo flight on 10th July even though there was a tricky little cross wind across the runway .

Gary Moore Punches the Air
Fri, Jul 7, 2017

Gary Moore punches the air with delight after successfully completing his GFT on 7th July . His Pilot’s license will also be in his fist within a few days and then he will be in the sky over Newtowards in his own Jabiru Microlight

Mark "Cool" passes his GST.
Mon, Jul 3, 2017

The Cool guy draped round the Thruster wing is Mark Smith who passed his GST on 3rd July in the minimum required time of 25 hours . He then celebrated by getting the instructor to give him a conversion flight in his own Jabiru Microlight so that he will be able to go flying the minute his license arrives from the CAA .

Brian Patton is "LICENSED TO FLY"
Mon, Jun 26, 2017

Brian Patton isn’t 84 until next month but he has just given himself an early birthday present of a National Private Pilots License when he passed his GFT on 26th June 2017. He is now thinking about which Microlight Group to join at Newtowards so he can take his mates up for a flight in his own Microlight .

Kimmo obtains his Flying License in under 6 weeks.
Wed, Jun 21, 2017

Kimmo started his first ever flying lesson on the 15th of May and walked away with his NPPL Microlight license on the 21st of June. That is less than 6 weeks . He now intends to add an NPPL Group A rating to his license and given his current rate of progress that will take until at least next Tuesday. He brings a whole new meaning to the saying “ Time Flys “