After many years experience and consultation with experienced microlight instructors and examiners, this syllabus has been formulated by the Microlight Panel of Examiners on behalf of the British Microlight Aircraft Association (BMAA), and approved by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

All microlight instruction must be conducted in accordance to this, and no other syllabus – unless any alternative syllabus has been submitted to and approved by the CAA.

The syllabus is in two main parts –

1 Flying

2 Ground – subjects.

The flying syllabus is broken down into phases and exercises. Individual exercises are further sub-divided into different elements, each of which must be fully understood by the student.

Within each phase, each exercise has a specific stated aim. To ensure that these aims are achieved each phase has a specific stated standard of skill which must be achieved. Elements pertinent to both weightshift and 3-axis types of aircraft are included in the syllabus. Where an aspect is not relevant to a type it should be ignored. For example, in exercise 6 – “Use of yaw control to maintain balanced flight” is not pertinent to a weightshift aircraft, as no primary control for yaw is provided in current designs.


Use of the syllabus

Every student should be in possession of a copy of the syllabus. As an aid to ensuring that no element is omitted each element can be ticked off as it is completed. An exercise or group of exercises of the flying syllabus is taken as a session, and the pattern of each flying session should be run as follows:-

(1) Pre-flight briefing

(2) Flight training session

(3) Post flight de-briefing

The flight exercises as listed reflect a progression through the basic handling skills to more complex manoeuvring and procedural flying. It is not however mandatory for a student to complete the exercises in strict number order if an instructor feels that the student would benefit from an earlier introduction to a later exercise, for example First Solo immediately after satisfactory completion of Phase 3, Exercise 13.

All flight exercises should be completed to a satisfactory standard prior to course completion.There is no laid down format for the ground subjects training, but it should be closely aligned to the knowledge required for the flight training exercises in order to produce an integrated course of training. Every school is required to keep an up to date progress report for each student pilot

on a student record sheet. Student records must be kept for at least two years after the last entry and should be available to the student to view.




Phase Ex No. Exercise Description


Phase 1

  • 1 Aircraft familiarisation
  • 2 Preparation for flight and action after
  • 3 Air Experience
  • 4 Effects of Controls
  • 5 Taxiing
  • 6 Straight & Level flight
  • 7 Climbing
  • 8 Descending
  • 9a Medium Level-turns (up to 30° bank angle)
  • 9b Climbing and descending turns

Phase 2

  • 10a Slow flight
  • 10b Stalling
  • 11 Spin Awareness

Phase 3

  • 12 Takeoff and climb to down wind
  • 13 The circuit, approach, and landing/overshoot

Phase 4

  • 14 Advanced turning (up to 60° bank angle)
  • 15 Unusual and dangerous attitudes/conditions

Phase 5

  • 16a Forced landings, with/without power
  • 16b Operation at minimum level

Phase 6

  • 17a First solo
  • 17b Solo circuit, local area, and general flying consolidation to GST for microlight NPPL
  • 17c Dual revision for GST

Phase 7

  • 18 Pilot navigation