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ABOUT SHADOW AVIATION

We love to share the joy of flying!

Shadow Aviation Ltd is a CAA Approved Microlight Flying Training School.

We provide specialist fixed-wing microlight training and Instructor courses in the Ikarus C42 and Shadow microlight aircraft when available.

Our base is the very friendly Compton Abbas Airfield in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Dorset/ Wiltshire border. The flying school was established in 1993 and became Shadow Aviation Ltd in 2002. We moved to Compton Abbas Airfield from Old Sarum Airfield in 2019.

Fiona Luckhurst


Fiona Luckhurst (CFI)

Fiona started flying in Spain and France in the early 1980s and has been teaching people to fly since 1985. She is a Flying Instructor Examiner and Chairman of the Microlight Panel of Examiners and is also a LAA and BMAA aircraft inspector and a Trustee of the Flying Scholarships for Disabled People.

Kathryn Hutchings


Kathryn Hutchings

Kathryn started flying in 2006 and has been instructing since 2010. She is passionate about all things flying and always keen to learn new flying skills, When not instructing or working in her electrical business Kathryn can be found flying, day or night, a Cessna 172 called Winnie!

Raymond Proost


Raymond Proost

Raymond started flying in Belgium in 1986 and has been instructing since 1991. He is incredibly passionate about inspiring disabled people through flying. He looks after the school aircraft.

BRIEFING ROOM

WHAT WE DO

CAA Microlight Instructor training

Become a flying Instructor

CAA Microlight Instructor examining

From initial tests to FIC tests

CAA Microlight Examiner authorities

Initial, revalidation and renewals

NPPL M Examining

Revalidations, renewals, ground exams and flying skill tests (GSTs)

Advanced and refresher training

Can be tailored to your needs

Flying training for disabled people

Shadow Aviation Ltd is a flying school provider for the Flying Scholarships for Disabled People charity. The school’s Instructors have been teaching disabled people to fly with modified controls since 1993.

Aircraft Inspections BMAA and LAA

Come to us or we can come to you

INSTRUCTOR COURSES

To Be A Microlight Flying Instructor

To teach someone to fly is extremely rewarding work. As an Instructor you will share the same ‘highs’ as your student and their sense of achievement when they get their licence. (You will also share the same ‘lows’ as your student, but that is all about being an Instructor).

The work is demanding and the responsibilities on the Instructor great. Below is an extract from the BMAA FI(R)C Syllabus:

“Before taking this major step forward it is essential to understand the very great commitment you are making. In your hands will be the lives of future pilots and everyone they will carry as passengers.

There are no short cuts to competence. The course is demanding in terms of both time and effort. As a FI(R) you will have the responsibility of inspiring trust and confidence in your students. That trust demands both a moral and legal obligation you must meet on each and every occasion.”

The Flying Instructor (Restricted) Certificate

The CAA Flying Instructor (Restricted) Certificate allows you to instruct students for the NPPL (A) Microlight Class Rating under the supervision of a Flying Instructor. When you have sufficient experience (100 hours instruction, 250 hours PIC and have held the FI(R) rating for 10 months) you can apply to upgrade, by test, to a full Flying Instructor Certificate.

A FI(R) Certificate is valid for 36 months and is type restricted to Fixed Wing, Flexwing or Powered Parachute control types.

Course Start Requirements

  • A PPL or NPPL with a Microlight Class Rating without operational limitations. In addition, you must have had a Licence for 8 months or more.
  • A minimum flying experience of 100 hours as PIC, minimum 40 hours of which must be on Microlight aircraft.
  • Pass two pre-entry tests - a flight test and a written exam. The flight test is to assess whether or not your flying is of a standard to start learning how to teach, rather than having to relearn how to fly. The flight can be conducted with the candidate in the PIC seat. The written exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions on all subjects in the BMAA NPPL (A) M syllabus.
  • Both pre entry tests must be passed within 6 months of course commencement.

The FI(R) student should be competent with flying the aircraft from the instructor seat before starting the course.

The Flight Instructor (Restricted) Course Syllabus

Full details of the FI(R) course and requirements are contained in CAA CAP 804, the BMAA FI(R)C Syllabus and the BMAA ‘Instructor and Examiner Guide’.

  • A minimum of 15 hours flying training
  • A minimum of 40 hours of ground training which includes teaching methods & techniques, ground course work and pre-flight briefings.

Please note these hours are the minimum requirement. The average is 60 hours for the ground work and 20 for the flying training, especially on complex fixed wing microlights.

Costs

Prices at April 2020 and subject to change
  • Pre-Entry Flight Test £100 plus aircraft hire @ £100/ hour
  • Pre-Entry Written Exam £45 (Both valid for 6 months until start of course)
  • FI(R) Course on the school’s Ikarus C42 aircraft - £5250 which includes 18 hours flying training and 50 hours ground training which is more realistic for budgeting.

Additional Flying Training is charged at £160/ hour to include 2 free landings per session. Additional Ground Training at £45/ hour.

Typically, it is realistic to budget something like £6500 for the course to include entry and final exams and BMAA and CAA fees.

A deposit of £750 secures a course, a payment of £4500 due upon start of course.

Timing

It is more beneficial to you to complete the course within a reasonably short period of time to ensure continuity. The school’s FIC work can be adapted, within reason, to suit your availability. The course work takes some 20 – 24 days, weather does play its part!

Extra costs to take into consideration

  • Ground study & flight training books, course notes
  • BMAA FI(R)C Syllabus and BMAA Microlight Instructor & Examiner Guide
  • FI(R) Certificate Flight Test by Examiner of Instructors at conclusion of course plus a CAA Fee for issue of the Certificate and a BMAA fee for administration.
PRICING

April 2020

(Prices subject to change without notice)

NPPL M Flying Training

Air Experience Flight 1/2 hour

£95.00

Air Experience Flight 1 hour

£145.00

Flying Training per hour school aircraft

£140.00

Flying Training per hour own aircraft

£85.00

Solo Supervision per hour own aircraft

£45.00

C42 hire per hour (wet)

£115.00

NPPL M Ground Training & Tests

Ground School per hour

£35.00

Ground Examinations (each)

£35.00

General Skills Test Examiner fee

£125.00

General Skills Test Revalidation Examiner fee

£100.00

Instructor Training & Tests

For test fees see the following BMAA document
FI(R)C 18/ 50 hour course school aircraft

£5250.00

FIC Training per hour school aircraft

£160.00

FIC Training per hour own aircraft

POA

FIC Ground school per hour

£45.00

FI(R)C Pre entry Flight Test Examiner fee

£100.00

FI(R)C Pre entry Test written

£45.00

Inspections & Travel

Permit renewal Inspection

£185.00

Weight & balance schedule

£55.00

Travel rates per mile

£0.45

Inspection travel per hour

£20.00

Flying Training Club Membership

Includes free landing fees

POA

CONTACT
Compton Abbas Airfield
01722 410567
shadowaviationltd@hotmail.com
  Shadow Aviation
  Compton Abbas Airfield
  Ashmore, Near Salisbury
  SP5 5AP
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Photo Credits: Peter Upshall - 08 runway view : Mike Nelson photography - airfield overhead