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iCAN Microlight Flight Experience in Derbyshire

Picture of a Fixed-Wing Microlight in flight. Viewed from below looking up.
from £85.00

Ever fancied yourself as a Microlight pilot? Or perhaps you’ve just always wondered what it would be like to fly in such a unique vehicle? The iCAN Microlight Flight Experience lets you try for yourself the experience of flying in one of these ultra-light machines.

You’ll climb aboard (Assisted if necessary) either an enclosed fixed-wing or exposed flex-wing Microlight. Both types of machine are surprisingly solid and tremendous fun for both pilot and passenger alike! They can take off and land on a sixpence, and with a 100bhp engine with huge propeller right behind you, there is something to be said for the simplicity of these fun flying machines.

Your pilot will strap you in to your seat and you’ll be up, up and away, taking a tour over the Glorious Derbyshire countryside and seeing the world from a unique position! Your pilot will show you what the microlight is capable of doing, demonstrating the manoeuvrability and speed of these fun flying machines.

Note: At this location, there is a Fixed Wing Microlight that has been adapted for full hand-control, making it accessible to a wider range of disabilities wishing to try their hand at flying!

On the Day

You’ll be welcomed at the office by a member of the team and introduced to your qualified instructor for the duration of your session. You’ll put on your helmet (and thermal clothes if needed) and head to the Microlight for a one-to-one briefing on the equipment and safety.

When you’ve been fully briefed on what to expect, you and your instructor climb in, get strapped in and taxi to the runway. Then it’s up, up and away, off to enjoy the magic of a Microlight!

After 20, 30, 40 minutes or an hour, depending on which activity you chose, you’ll head back in to land. (This is an ideal photo opportunity for friends and family!)

Then it’s back to the club house to freshen up and grab a bite to eat and drink. Here you can basque in the glory of your Microlight experience and watch out over the airfield as others take to the air!

Need to know

How long does it take?
Please allow up to two hours for the iCAN Microlight flight Experience.

When can I try it?
This activity can be booked Wednesday to Sunday throughout the year.

What should I wear/bring?
We provide all the equipment, including thermal clothing if necessary. Please just dress appropriately for the time of year and wear flat-soled shoes (no heels and avoid shorts & skirts). Oh, also, make sure you bring a warm pair of gloves, and layers of clothing, it can be a little chilly up there!

I’m booking for someone who needs a carer. Is that a problem?
Carers are welcome at all iCAN activities, for more details of what the carer place involves, please see our Questions and Answers page.

Can I bring family/friends?
Family, friends and carers are all welcome at no charge.


  • The Microlight Flight activity is suitable for people over 14 years. Under-18s require the signature of a parent or guardian. 
  • There is a weight limit of 14 1/2 stone (93KG).
  • This activity can only take place if the right weather conditions are present for it to happen safely. Rain, heavy cloud or high winds can prevent this activity from going ahead.


The airfield is in the Derbyshire countryside, south of the Peak District. The site has good facilities and is equipped for people with disabilities.

The flying school is equipped with disabled toilets. There is no dedicated disabled parking. However, parking is ample and if the school know you are coming, you can arrange for provision to be made to ensure adequate access in and out of your vehicle.
The car park is laid to concrete and there is a permanent ramp up into the office and club house. Wheelchair access to the club house is accessed through the main reception.

There are no steps to overcome between reception and the flight hanger, making it accessible to wheelchair users.

The school are happy to accommodate assistance dogs, but please bear in mind that you are on an airfield which can be noisy and the dog must stay on the lead at all times for safety reasons. There is plenty of opportunity to “spend” a dog. Please be considerate of other customers and clear up after your dog wherever possible.

The staff at the school are very friendly and are used to working with people with disabilities. As everyone’s needs are different, it helps if you are clear about exactly what help you need from them.

Who can do this?

The Microlight flight gift experience is suitable for people with the following disabilities:

  • Visually Impaired
  • Hard of hearing/Deaf
  • Restricted – Leg
  • Restricted - Arm

If your disability is not mentioned here but you’re interested in trying the Microlight Flight activity, please do give us a call as we may well be able to accommodate other disabilities.