Sports flying in the Philippines is a recreational activity that is all about the freedom of the skies, flying by the seat of your pants like a paraglider, but with an engine to take you to the skies. The Philippines is fairly new to this adventure sport, but it certainly is catching on. One can take lessons and involve themselves in this new fast-rising sport which also called ultralight or microlight flying.
In sports flying, you use what is called an Ultralight or Microlight to fly. Buying and flying using these modified gliders is much cheaper than conventional aircraft. It evolved from hang gliding in the 1970s, a time when people started putting small engines on foot-launched hang gliders. These vehicles developed, became faster, more maneuverable, and a landing gear was added to become the modern aircraft we have today.
Ultralights (or microlights) are small 2-seat aircrafts which come in two styles: flexwing, which is an open-air hang glider but with a trike, wheels, and engine; and fixed-wing, which is more like a conventional aircraft.
Aviation authorities have set up definitions of these lightweight aircraft as slow-flying airplanes that could be subject to minimum regulation. The resulting airplanes are commonly called “ultralight” or “microlight,” although the weight and speed limits are rarely the same between any two countries.
Ultralights are lithe aircraft that provide hours of fun for the people that fly them. Among the reasons people cite are:
Tropical weather gives the Philippines terrific flying conditions for most of the year. October to May are the best months to go ultralight flying. Flights are available everyday except for Wednesday and Sunday.
The most enjoyable flight, morning is the best as it gets too windy at times in the afternoon.
Our Trial Introductory Flight (TIF) is designed for individuals to introduce sports flying in an ultralight with an instructor so the person can experience the thrill of sport flying. One doesn’t have to be a trained pilot to take part in this.
At the TIF, you are given the opportunity to decide to undergo a flight training curriculum in order to be a licensed ultralight pilot, or you can just opt to enjoy sports flying through our ultralight flying expedition where you ride with a licensed pilot and experience the thrill of sports flying for one whole hour.
Your safety is our prime concern, so we thought you may want to know some details about our sport flying packages.
For more information on ultralights and sports flying, please visit the following website: http://www.usua.org/faq.htm
The curriculum uses the Ultralight Pilot’s Flight Training Manual, written by Curtis Hughes and published by the United States Ultralight Association, Inc. (USUA). The USUA is a highly respected association recognized by the United States Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), one of the leaders in sport aviation training in the US. We have taken this manual and adapted it to our training environment and Philippine regulations.
Already a Pilot? We find that most current general avaition pilots usually need 1 to 3 hours of instruction before a check ride. Please bring your log book, pilot license, and medical certificate.
The full training course will include at least 30 flying hours. Of these, a minimum of 10 hours dual and 10 hours solo are required. There is no formal separate ground school; the ground school is conducted in conjunction with the actual flight instruction.
There will be a written test and also a physical required before solo. There is no maximum time to complete the course and we allow our members to set their own pace.
Phase checks, Check Rides, and Annual Flight Checks are administered and performed by Angeles City Flying Club-designated Flight Evaluators. The manager gives the written tests.
Phase checks: Each student receives periodic Phase tests. During these tests, students have to demonstrate how they have progressed, but to a different instructor. This will uncover any weaknesses that the regular instructor may have overlooked. (It also serves as an informal instructor evaluation).
Check rides: When the student has flown a minimum of 30 total hours (minimum 10 hours dual and 10 hours solo) and the instructor feels that he/she is ready. An Examiner pilot will administer a final check ride to evaluate the skills and proficiency of the student pilot. If the student passes the check ride his/hers Sport Pilots Certificate is upgraded from Student to “Sport Pilot”.
These are the required maneuvers that a student must master:
Watch our lead adventurer Russell Ri on his first ultralight flying adventure.
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