Img 4999 Scaled

Where To Find A Microlight For Sale In The UK: Manufacturers, Clubs, Individuals

Share this post:

If you’ve decided to buy one then finding a microlight for sale in the UK is not difficult, but before you part with your cash you need to be diligent in your research.  Don’t let your eagerness to get airborne override your other senses.  Buyer beware is never more good advice than when it comes to buying aircraft, particularly second hand ones from private individuals.

From the outset, there are several places where you can find microlight aircraft for sale in the UK:

  • Microlight manufacturers and dealers: Many manufacturers of microlight aircraft have their own sales and distribution networks in the UK. You can often find a list of dealers on the manufacturer’s website. I’ve listed a few below.
  • Online marketplaces:Online marketplaces, such as Avbuyer and Aeorsales, that specialise in the sale of aircraft, including microlight aircraft.
  • Online classifieds: Websites like Gumtree, Craigslist and Facebook marketplaces can be a source of microlight aircraft for sale.
  • Aviation magazines and websites: Many aviation magazines and websites have classified sections that list microlight aircraft for sale.
  • Aviation events and shows: Many aviation events and shows, such as the LAA Rally and the PFA Rally, have vendors and exhibitors that sell microlight aircraft.
  • Microlight clubs: Many microlight clubs have members who are looking to sell their aircraft. Joining a local microlight club is a great way to find out about aircraft for sale in your area.

Thoroughly research the aircraft and the seller before making a purchase. Make sure to check the maintenance records and the condition of the aircraft, and consider getting a pre-purchase inspection from a qualified mechanic. 

Where To Find A Microlight For Sale In The Uk - Flexwing
Taken At Popham

BMAA – British Microlight Aircraft Association

The British Microlight Aircraft Association (BMAA) is the main organisation for microlight aircraft and pilots in the United Kingdom. It is a non-profit organisation that represents the interests of the UK microlight community, and it is affiliated with the European Ultralight and Light Aviation Association (EULA).

The BMAA’s main goal is to promote the safe and responsible use of microlight aircraft, and to provide support and resources to its members. The organisation provides a wide range of services and benefits to its members, including:

  • Safety: The BMAA promotes safety through its safety campaigns and training programs, and provides guidance and resources to help pilots fly safely.
  • Representation: The BMAA represents the interests of the UK microlight community to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and other regulatory bodies.
  • Insurance: The BMAA provides liability insurance to its members, which covers them for claims made against them while flying.
  • Technical Support: The BMAA provides technical support and guidance to its members on a wide range of microlight-related topics, such as maintenance, repairs, and modifications.
  • Events and Activities: The BMAA organises and supports a wide range of events and activities for its members, such as fly-ins, rallies, and competitions.
  • Communications: The BMAA provides its members with a range of communications, including a monthly magazine, website, and social media channels.

The BMAA is an important organisation for the UK microlight community, providing resources, support, and representation to its members.

Where To Find A Microlight For Sale In The Uk - Three Axis
Taken At Popham

Buying Microlights From Dealers & Manufacturers

If you are looking to buy a new or refurbished microlight from a manufacturer or dealer, here are a few pieces of advice to keep in mind:

  1. Research the market: Research different microlight manufacturers and models to find the one that best suits your needs and budget. Look for reviews, test flights and videos to get a better idea of the aircraft’s performance.
  2. Check the manufacturer’s reputation: Look into the manufacturer’s reputation and history in the industry. Read customer reviews and check for any complaints or safety concerns.
  3. Consider the cost: Microlight aircraft can vary greatly in price, depending on the manufacturer, model, and level of customization. Be sure to consider not only the purchase price but also the operating costs, such as fuel, maintenance, and insurance.
  4. Find a reputable dealer: Look for a reputable dealer that has experience in selling microlight aircraft. Choose a dealer who can provide you with a detailed overview of the aircraft, its features, and its history.
  5. Get a pre-purchase inspection: Have a pre-purchase inspection done by a qualified mechanic or engineer to ensure the aircraft is in good condition and safe to fly.
  6. Check the paperwork: Make sure the aircraft has all the necessary paperwork, including registration and maintenance records.
  7. Check for warranties and after-sales support: Make sure you understand the manufacturer’s warranty and after-sales support policy.
  8. Take a test flight: If possible, take a test flight to get a feel for the aircraft’s handling and performance.
  9. Check regulations: Always check with your local Civil Aviation Authority for any regulations regarding the registration, licensing and operation of the aircraft you intend to purchase.

Buying a microlight aircraft isn’t as big an investment as buying a conventional light aircraft, but it’s still important to do your research and due diligence to ensure you’re getting a safe and reliable aircraft that meets your needs and budget.

Buying Microlights From Clubs & Individuals

If you are looking to buy a secondhand microlight aircraft from clubs or individuals, here are a few additional things to keep in mind along with what was mentioned above.

  • Ask for recommendations: Ask members of local microlight clubs or pilots who have experience with the type of aircraft you’re interested in, they might have some insights or recommendations.
  • Check the aircraft’s history: Ask the seller for the aircraft’s maintenance and flight logs, as well as any other relevant information about the aircraft’s history.
  • Get a pre-purchase inspection: Have a pre-purchase inspection done by a qualified mechanic or engineer to ensure the aircraft is in good condition and safe to fly.
  • Negotiate the price: Remember that when buying a secondhand aircraft, the price is usually negotiable, so try to negotiate a fair price based on the aircraft’s condition, age and hours flown.

Buying a secondhand microlight aircraft can be a great way to save money and find a good deal, but like all second hand equipment it comes with some risks and you won’t get the warrantees and support that you would when buying new.

UK Microlight Fairs

There are several microlight fairs and events held in the United Kingdom each year, some of the most notable ones are:

  1. LAA Rally: This is the largest microlight fair in the UK, held annually by the Light Aircraft Association (LAA). The event features a large number of exhibitors, trade stands, and aircraft displays.
  2. Microlight Trade Show: This event is held annually at Popham Airfield in Hampshire and it features a variety of microlight and light sport aircraft, as well as trade stands, exhibits and flying displays.

Popham Microlight Fair

The annual microlight trade fair at Popham airfield and is dedicated to microlight aircraft, gyrocopters, and the microlight flying community. The event is organised by Popham airfield, which is a well-known grass airfield between Basingstoke and Winchester in Hampshire.

The event is typically held over the May Bank Holiday weekend, and it features a wide range of microlight aircraft, including both three-axis and weight-shift microlights. Visitors can see the latest models of microlight aircraft from different manufacturers, as well as older models.

The event also features trade stands from manufacturers, suppliers and other microlight-related businesses, where visitors can learn about the latest microlight products and services.

There are usually flying displays, during which visitors can see microlight aircraft in action. The displays are performed by experienced microlight pilots, who showcase the capabilities and handling of different types of microlight aircraft. There may also be seminars and workshops, where visitors can learn about different aspects of microlight flying, such as safety, navigation, and maintenance.

This event is a great opportunity for microlight enthusiasts to see the latest models, learn about the latest microlight products and services, and meet other microlight pilots, learning more about microlight aircraft and the microlight flying community.

Popham Microlight Fair - Gyrocopters And Microlights
Popham Airfield is home to many GA aircraft including microlights and gyrocopters.
Share this post:

Similar Posts

Leave a Reply