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

On a Wing and a Prayer
Fri, Nov 6, 2020

Congratulations are due to Congregational Church Minister Reverend Paul Bradley on successfully completing his GST in Thruster G CGFZ. Paul now intends to join the local Newtownards Microlight Group which operates a Skyranger Swift and a Foxbat. The group will become doubly blessed with its own Ecclesiastical Wing as Presbyterian Minister Reverend Ivan Neish is already a group member.

Chris Hodges Getting a real buzz
Wed, Oct 28, 2020

Chris Hodges has flown heavy Group A aircraft for many years  but as he directly employs  over  five million Ultralight pilots he decided that he really needed to understand  low inertia handling techniques. Happily after a short conversion course  Chris passed his GST in Jabiru G CNAB  and now has a firm grasp of all the issues affecting his large group of  light weight dependants. Congratulations Chris on a very sweet  GST with no sting in the tale, and, your success has caused a great buzz amongst your employees.    N. B.   If you want a job you can contact Chris at

Was it Brian Ashworth's First Solo?
Thu, Oct 22, 2020

On 23rd October Pastor Brian Ashworth of the Freedom Harvest Church in Belfast took the opportunity to dispense with his Instructor’s services and flew Thruster G CGFZ round the airfield circuit on his own for the first time. The landing was straight out of the textbook and Brian subsequently claimed that his god was with him on the flight. (So was it actually solo?) Congratulations anyway Brian.

Barry Rollins. First Solo Flight
Mon, Oct 5, 2020

Barry Rollins started to learn to fly in 1996 but other  life commitments  then took priority over his desire to become a Pilot and he parked the course. A mere quarter of a century later Barry resumed flying lessons in a 3 Axis Microlight and within 5 hours reached Solo standard. On 6th October Barry flew his First Solo in Thruster G CGFZ and is looking forward to the next 25 years,  but this time as a Qualified Pilot. Congratulations Barry.

Busy Brian Blakely Solo in One Month
Wed, Sep 30, 2020

Being a very busy road surface contractor has left Brian Blakely with no days off since the beginning of September, so learning to fly has of necessity been an after work activity. In exactly one month Brian has progressed from first training flight to first solo flight in Thruster G CGFZ on 1st October As the old saying goes “If you need something done quickly give the job to a busy man”. Congratulations Brian.

Sammy Nummy. First Solo Flight
Mon, Sep 28, 2020

Up until today Sammy Nummy’s rare breed Clydesdale horses and Wooly Llamas have enjoyed sole occupancy rights on Sammy’s Farm at Castlerock. However Sammy’s First Solo flight on 29th September in Thruster G CGFZ may well herald the end of Sammy’s pets’ monopoly as they will soon have to share their territory with a runway and a Microlight Aircraft. David Attenborough has already lodged a protest on behalf of the Llama. Congratulations on your First Solo Sammy.

Jack Toner Passes his GST
Wed, Sep 16, 2020

Jack Toner learned today that his employer wants him to come off furlough and resume work tomorrow. He has used furlough productively by becoming a qualified Microlight Pilot in a little more than 2 months. Jack soloed in less than 7 hours and passed his GST on 17th September with only 25 hours in his logbook. Sean Toner is Jack’s dad and has been a Microlight Pilot for many years so we suspect that a teeny bit of parental guidance may have been involved nevertheless Jack’s achievement is exceptional. Congratulations Jack. Now stop enjoying yourself and get back to work.

Graham Mounsey Downsizes
Tue, Sep 15, 2020

Next month Graham Mounsey will be retiring from his current day job as a Senior Boeing 747 Captain for British Airways. Not wishing to part company with his love of aviation Graham decided to convert onto something interesting and we are pleased to report that Graham was able to adapt to the more complex controls, systems and additional power available from the Thruster T600N. Graham passed his GST on 16th September and can now add the NPPL  Microlight to his  other licenses and change the motto on his BA flight case from “To Fly To Serve” to  “To Fly For Fun.“  (Also he will enhance his Green Credentials by reducing his full fuel load from 180,000 litres to 50 litres). Congratulations Graham

Doug King adds UK Microlight License to his collection
Sun, Aug 16, 2020

Doug King is the UK agent for Bathawk and Alto 912 TG aircraft. Originally Doug held a South African GA license and he subsequently added a New Zealand Sports License when he moved there. Now Doug is resident in Northern Ireland he has added the UK NPPL to his burgeoning license collection by passing a GST in Thruster G CGFZ. on 17th August. Congratulations Doug

Jack Toner's First Solo Flight
Thu, Jul 23, 2020

On 8th July Jack Toner started on his post lockdown bucket list of things to achieve when he took his first flying lesson. A mere 16 days later on 24th July after only 6 hours 50 minutes tuition item one on the bucket list was ticked off when Jack flew Thruster G CGFZ on his first solo flight. Congratulations Jack on a textbook First Solo. If item two in your bucket is getting your Pilot’s License it looks like it won’t take you too long.

Corey Purdy. Solo in Seven and a half hours.
Wed, Jul 8, 2020

Determined efforts by Covid to thwart Corey Purdy’s first solo failed on 9/July/2020 when Corey took to the sky in Thruster G CGFZ on his own after an unusually low seven and a half hours dual training at Newtownards Aerodrome Congratulations Corey.