How to become a microlight pilot
Below are the different steps you need to take to become a pilot, as well as the conditions you need to fulfil to be admitted to air traffic (as a pilot).
Training, both theoretical and practical, is best done in a flying club where you can follow microlight training. An overview of all clubs in Belgium can be found here
- Find a suitable microlight club and take theoretical and practical training there
- Take care of your medical examination
- Apply for your practice licence
- Take your theoretical exam in Brussels
- Take your practical exam with an examiner
- Apply for your licence
Find a suitable microlight club
Theoretical and practical training is done in a microlight club with recognised monitors. Visit a few microlight clubs and find out which one is the most suitable for you: proximity, training hours that suit you, type of aircraft you want to fly… Find out from other pilots!
Get a medical examination
Before you start your microlight pilot training, you must undergo a medical examination. The list of approved doctors shows which Aero Medical Examiner (AME) you can go to. You can also visit one of the medical centres.
A microlight licence requires a class 4 or class 2 medical certificate.
Applying for an Exercise Permit
To obtain a practice licence, you must be at least 16 years old. Which documents you need to enclose with your application and how this procedure works is explained below.
A practice permit is always valid for a maximum period of 24 months, starting on the date of the medical certificate. This permit can always be renewed for another 24 months.
What can you do with the training licence?
- You may carry out dual-pilot flights;
- You may carry out local flights as sole occupant under the supervision of a monitor. “Local flights” means flights around and with a view of the airfield or microlight site;
- You may carry out overland flights as sole occupant, with the permission of the monitor, provided you have experience of two overland flights in dual control.
Theory test in Brussels
The theoretical examination Aviation Law and Regulations must be taken in Brussels.
On the DGLV/DGTA website you will find all info regarding registration, exam dates and fees.
Taking practical exam with an examiner
If your instructor deems you fit after your training period, he will fill out an application for a practical exam. You should submit that application to the CAA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the practical part, you must perform the following tests, alone on board, during one or more flights:
- An overland flight between two points at a distance of at least 35 km;
- 10 take-offs and 10 landings;
- Landings less than 20 metres from a target;
- Landings less than 30 metres from a target, with the engine on slow run;
- Stall (microlight only).
Applying for permission to pilot a microlight
After the practical exam, the examiner makes a report which he delivers to the DGLV/DGTA to obtain your permission to fly a microlight. Once this has been dealt with, you will be sent a payment invitation by e-mail. You will then be notified that your permit will be sent by post.
To obtain a licence/permit, you must be at least 16 years old. Which documents you need to send with your application can be found below.
Once you have received your permit, you may fly as a sole occupant in accordance with Belgian regulations.
You may take a passenger on condition that you have performed 30 hours as sole occupant (10 hours for holders of a valid private aircraft pilot’s licence) and take a check-flight with an instructor, who will make mention of it in the person’s flight book, that you have the required qualification.
The qualifications are awarded for 3-axis microlights or for “delta wings” (DPM).
Are you already a private or professional pilot?
If you have a private pilot licence with valid SEP-rating or professional pilot licence, you do not have to take the theoretical exam in Brussels.
You only need to take a practical exam.