flight training
fixed wing aircraft

meet the aircraft
fuselage structure
wing structure
empennage structure
landing gear
the aero engine
all about propellers
the cockpit
primary flight controls
secondary flight controls
aircraft brakes

how fixed wing aircraft work

Unlike the twin engined Gemini CH 620 pictured above, most people start by learning to fly club aircraft. These are usually fixed gear, fixed propeller single-engined two seaters such as a Cessna 150/152 or a Piper Tomahawk. There are some lovely new aircraft becoming available for flight training too, such as the Diamond Katana. If you prefer, you can also learn on four seat aircraft such as the Robin, Pa28 or C172. These aircraft are of course more expensive to fly per hour but are far more comfortable and probably more like the type of aircraft that you will eventually choose to fly. A few brave souls actually buy or build their own aircraft and then learn to fly it.

New developments in lightweight construction and a series of rule changes has resulted in a new breed of microlight (ultralight or ULM) aircraft which are every bit as good as many 'A' class two seat aircraft. Many pilots are turning this option which has some cost advantages. Microlight flight schools may use a number of aircraft types, including the CT or Eurostar. If on the other hand you prefer a more 'hands on' approach and love fresh air, you may choose to learn to fly a flexwing microlight such as the example pictured below.