CREATURES & CANYON
Microlighting is a wonderful, safe, controlled method of spotting game in the bush or zooming up over the spectacular Blyde Canyon.
The tarred runway in the centre of Hoedspruit, next to the shops, is wonderfully situated to offer some of the best flying in the world. The weather is near-perfect year round, and the scenery within a short flight of the airfield very diverse.
We organise morning flights of 10, 20, 30 minutes or an hour. As well as taking in Big Five areas, you can be flown over the largest open pit in Africa or over the Blyde River Canyon. To see wild Africa from the sky, low-level, is something not to be missed.
PICNICS & PANCAKES
We also offer a longer excursion where you fly to the other end of the Panorama Route to Graskop for breakfast.
MORNINGS & EVENINGS
Longer flights are best early morning or late afternoon as the weather is better then to go over the Drakensberg. However, microlighting is more flexible than ballooning, enabling you to see exactly what you want rather than be at the mercy of the prevailing wind.
Your flights are operated by Leading Edge Flight School. The Bantams buzz the Spar supermarket as they take off and land from the only airfield in the country situated in the middle of a town.
Introductory flights are also offered by the School to allow you the experience of flying a microlight. You have the option to sit, experience the flight and view the game or you can have hands-on experience during the first flight should you be considering formal training to fly.
We can organise your arrival at the airstrip from most of the Hoedspruit area lodges with an early morning transfer provided at low rates by the school itself. Larger groups staying at a few lodges with their own runways can be catered for using bush landing strips.
The school is registered with the South African Civil Aviation Authority (ATO No. CAA/0141) and the Microlight Association of South Africa (MISASA). The type operated is Bantam 3-axis microlights, a sturdy craft resembling a small fixed-wing plane.
At least two pilots/instructors are available, seven days a week. Mornings or evenings are preferred for flying safaris on the lighter aircraft (before/after the winds get up).
THREE WEEKS TO WINGS
Pilot licences on Bantams (and the lighter weight-shift trikes) are offered by the school on a full and part time basis. Full-time qualification will take you 21 days. A minimum of 25 hours must be flown, 10 of which must be dual and 15 solo. However, it normally takes at least 10 hours to go solo. The minimum age requirement is 17 years.