Pilot License - Microlight (PL-M)

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Overview
Microlight as the name says are lighter flying machines. Single seater microlight will not exceed gross weight of 330 Kgs whereas two seater microlight do not exceed gross weight of 450 Kgs. Microlight are specific purpose flying machines usually demonstrate below characteristics :

1. Slow speed allowing you to enjoy the view
2. short take off and landing. Usually microlight does not require long runways/ landing ground to take off and land
3. Rough field take off and landing. They can land on grass or ground, so you don't need a paved runway to operate them. 

Due to less weight resulting in limited fuel capacity and lesser speed microlight usually not able to manage long distances. However, to learn flying a Microlight, you don't have to look for an approved institute. You need a microlight and an approved Microlight instructor to impart training. 

There are primarily three aspects of training to seek license. 
  1. Documentation
  2. Theory Exams
  3. Flying Training. 

1. Documentation: Some documentation is required before writing exams as well as before commencing flying training. The major aspects of the documentation include:
      a. Medical assessment: - class II medical assessment is required before commencing flying training. There are numerous DCGA approved class II    examiners. You can refer to the list Medical examiners list for details. 
      b. Police Verification: an address and antecedent verification is required before commencing the flying training. Usually, police verification for address and antecedent can be requested at district police commissioner office by paying requisite fee and submitting required documents with photographs.
      c. Tenth marks sheet Verification 
      d. Seeking Computer number: Computer number is the reference file number against which your exams status is accounted. 

2. Theory Exams: three theory exams need to be cleared. The same are
     a. Composite : this primarily includes Air Regulation, Air Navigation and Aviation Meteorology
     b. Technical General : this covers Aeroplane and Principles of flight
     c. Technical Specific: focuses on the airplane you will be trained

3. Flying Training: As per regulation, minimum 40 hours of flying is required. However, practically it takes at least 45-50 hours of flying to complete the requirement. There are stages of flying training that are as below:
    a. Pre-solo: This stage will be initiated with basics of flying and go up to your FIRST SOLO
    b. Solo : Once you start flying solo, you will be logging some hours with designated exercises.
    c. Cross Country: In this stage you will fly to region away from your origination airport and will be exposed to flight planning and execution. 
    d. check ride: upon completion of all requirements, you have to undergo a flying test better known as check. Post check you will be a PL-M holder. 

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