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A fully CAA certified instructor with over 21 years instructing experience. Ken has also 45 years of flying under his belt, so you know you're in safe hands!

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Northern Ireland Microlights, 30 Comber Road, Newtownards, Co. Down, BT23 4QP
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THE LIFE OF BRIAN:(The Second Coming )

Sun, May 16, 2021

THE LIFE OF BRIAN:           (The Second  Coming). (Monty Python fans will recognise the Quotes).

Brian Ashworth likes Microlights, and on  17th May 2021 passed his GST in Thruster G GGFZ. However Brian has spent  a considerable part of his  life drooling over the RUTAN Long - EZ and, as Brian “Always looks on the bright side of life” he has already bought a Long EZ and is busy fixing it up ready for its permit and gaining his own Pilot’s Licence. Brian has worked out that the most cost effective way of getting a licence for the Long EZ is to get the Microlight NPPL and then do the conversion course for NPPL SSEA  at Bournemouth with Derek Davidson (see Derek’s Advertisement about the Conversion course in the Microlight Flying Magazine ).” Although Brian is” a very naughty boy” for not staying with Microlights he will always have  a very positive response to the question “What did the BMAA ever do for us ? ” Congratulations Brian. Enjoy the conversion with Derek and then whizzing around the sky at 200+knots.

COVID UPDATE. Flight Training Resumes 12th April 2021.

Wed, Mar 3, 2021

The UK Government is removing the restriction on Flight Training on 12th April 2021. NORTHERN IRELAND MICROLIGHTS will be accepting bookings for flights from Air Experience Voucher holders and student pilots from that date. PLEASE CONTACT KEN TO BOOK A DATE AND TIME FOR YOUR FLIGHT.


(STEP 2 – no earlier than 12 April Flight training for all pilots, and flights with an instructor, can resume.

GA businesses will be able to open following COVID-secure guidance, for example commercial balloon operators. The rules on social contact will apply in these settings. Outdoor gatherings must still be limited to 6 people or 2 households, and no indoor mixing will be allowed.

GA activities should take place in line with the wider restrictions. Travel should be minimised as far as possible.)

Corey Purdy passes GST with honours.

Sun, Dec 6, 2020

Corey Purdy is a second year Aeronautical Engineering Student at Queen’s University Belfast and for practical experience he decided to learn to fly a Microlight Aircraft . Corey is clear that the practical experience of learning to fly has been invaluable in his progress towards a degree, and on Sunday 6th December he passed his GST in Thruster G CGFZ with first class honours. Congratulations Corey we hope you pass your final degree exams with the same distinction.

Brian Blakely Passes his GST

Fri, Nov 27, 2020

Brian Blakely today took advantage of the freezing cold, crystal clear vizability, zero wind conditions at Newtownards to undertake his GST in Thruster G CGFZ. A very happy Brian passed with consummate ease and is now looking for his own Microlight Aircraft WITH A HEATER. Congratulations Brian


Hi Ken,

I hope you’re keeping well!

Just wanted to let you know you can add one more to the list of Fast Jet pilots you have trained! Out of 19 students being streamed after elementary flying training, 6 of us were selected for fast jet! I definitely wouldn’t have been in that top 6 without the training you gave me back home, so many thanks once again! Still plenty of work ahead but glad it’s going in the direction I wanted!

I don’t start my next stage of training until the summer so going to put my NPPL to good use with the RAF Microlight Association in the meantime!



Ross Spence

The trial lesson was great fun, flew the entire time, thanks Ken.

Mark Smith