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Ultralight and weightshift microlight aircraft
Ultralight (light recreational) aircraft have advanced significantly since their emergence in the 1970s, from basic fabric and wire aeroplanes to the sleek composite types we see today.
The performance of modern light recreational aircraft easily equals, and in many cases betters, the lower end of the general aviation aeroplane spectrum.
Recreational pilots are increasingly using this type of aeroplane for extensive cross country trips around Australia.
Weightshift microlight aircraft
Microlights, also commonly called trikes, rely on weight shift rather than the conventional three-axis control to change direction in flight. This means that there is no tailplane or control surfaces such as ailerons, rudder or elevator, so the aircraft is controlled by the pilot shifting the aircraft’s centre of gravity in relation to the wing. These aircraft are normally powered by 2 or 4 stroke engines.
Currently, two self-administering organisations are responsible for administering weightshift microlight operations.
Find out more about self-administering organisations.
Find out more about being an informed participant in sport aviation.