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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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Latest News

Sean Devlin Passes his GST.

Fri, Aug 12, 2022

Aided by sheer determination,  a pair of swimming shorts and the excellent natural air conditioning system built into every Thruster Sean Devlin overcame the sweltering heat on the hottest day of the year at Newtownards Airfield  to pass his GST on 13th August Sean now plans to buy a share in a local group with a   Skyranger  Swift. Congratulations  Sean. 


Fri, Aug 5, 2022

Darren Harper is a key member of Northern Ireland’s Search and Rescue Organisation and his work has recently been recognised by the award of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal. Darren only started learning to fly in late January this year but by April he had made his mind up  and bought his own Thruster. On 6/8/22 Darren  achieved another major milestone when he undertook his First Solo flight in the school’s Thruster G CGFZ. Congratulations Darren you can now look forward to completing the course in your very own Thruster G CBXG.

Paul McBride passes his GST.

Sun, Jul 3, 2022

Passing his GST in Thruster G CGFZ on 4th July is just part of Paul McBride’s preparation for his move to live and work in America late next year. Paul will be working in America as  a  Specialist Computer  Programmer and intends to relax by flying some of the vast range of Ultralight Aircraft they have over there. In the meantime Paul will be taking a share in one of the Microlight groups based at Newtownards Airfield in order to hone his Flying skills in preparation for his move to America. Congratulations Paul on passing your GST.

Dr Derek Hrabovsky Aquires Private Pilots License

Sun, Jun 26, 2022

On Sunday 26th June Dr Derek Hrabovsky was busy saving lives on emergency call outs in Northern Ireland’s HELIMED 23, and on Monday 27th June he was again gainfully occupied in passing his General Skills Test in Thruster G CGFZ. (Some people just lead very busy and satisfying lives.) Congratulations Derek . We hope you aways continue to enjoy both your work and your chosen hobby.


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