Gadzooks!! Would You Ever Fly In One Of These Microlights?


I have never really enjoyed flying. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great invention, but I find myself fussing so much internally before I board an aircraft. Cold sweats, headaches and feelings of gloom are the usual accompaniments. Gadzooks!! Would you ever fly in one of these microlights?

Look at them. Nothing more than a flimsy baby buggy/stroller. Strapped on the back is what appears to be a domestic fan. Occasionally something more powerful seems to be used such as a garden strimmer with attached blades. Have you ever seen one take to the air?

An Attack Of Billiousness

They start their move for take off on a piece of rough grass which seems to go on forever. The engine is increased to full throttle and sounds similar to a giant wasp suffering an attack of billiousness! Weeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaarggggghhhhhhhh as they trundle off down the makeshift runway. How the thing doesn’t fall to bits from vibration in the first few feet I’ll never know.

Are They Completely Bonkers?

These people have to love what they do. Either that or they are completely bonkers. After what seems an age of travelling the runway at 20 mph (I’m sure it’s faster) they actually take to the air. That’s when I have to look away. On a majority of takeoffs, the die hard pilots then face a bum twitching time of avoiding power cables containing 50,000 volts of electricity which could melt their butts before they’ve even had chance to realise what the smell of burning is.

I suppose I feel a sense of admiration for the guys and gals that fly these things. They are very brave. What I can’t understand is how they are prepared to risk their lives in something that looks so flimsy. Even when the flight has been good and the views excellent, they still have to get these things back on the ground. With those shopping cart wheels hitting the grass at 50mph like an Elephant on acid, it’s a bumpy ride.

Good luck to them and their crazy flying machines. You won’t see me getting in one any day soon.
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  • -Eugenia
    October 21, 2017

    I agree – gadzooks!

  • Dave Kingsbury
    October 21, 2017

    Short answer, Trev, nope! I get dizzy standing up …

  • paintdigi
    October 22, 2017

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    • Trev Jones
      October 22, 2017

      Thank you and I shall visit your blog too. 🙂

  • Leland Olson Hoel
    October 24, 2017

    You described it perfectly, no ultra lite for me.

  • rugby843
    October 24, 2017

    Come on guys! Where’s your sense of adventure, the “longing to be free”, the thrill of dangling your participle in the air? I think it looks like fun! ????

    • Trev Jones
      October 24, 2017

      Yikes, it might be fun for you, but I’d prefer to keep my feet well and truly on the ground. 🙂

  • Hope
    October 26, 2017

    There is no way I could fit in there! And if I could, it would never get off the ground!! Bonkers Away!

    • Trev Jones
      October 27, 2017

      Hi Hope, there’s no way I’d get in that thing! Thank you for your comment 🙂

  • wiltdidit
    October 28, 2017

    You’ll never get me up in one of those, esp if my dad, who was an engineer, had anything to do with the design of it. (If the wonky dishwasher, car, and every appliance in the house were any indication)

    • Trev Jones
      October 28, 2017

      Lol, Wilt. Thanks for the words, there’s a whole blog post lurking in your comments. 🙂

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