1What is an ultralight?
An ultralight is an aircraft that has a maximum gross takeoff weight of not more than 544 kg and a stall speed of no more than 45mph.
2How long does it take to get a license?
Typically, students complete the training in 2-3 months.
3How much does it cost to get a license?
It can range from $3000 to $5000, depending on previous flying experience, consistent training schedule, aptitude, and motivation.
4What if I have health issues?
To obtain your ultralight pilot permit you require a category 4 medical. This is the most lenient, but does still require you to be in fairly good health.
5Can I fly if I wear glasses?
6Is it safe?
Statistically safer than driving your car to the airport. Like anything, there is risk, but it can be mitigated by good training and a cautious attitude.
7Can ultralights fly long distances?
Yes, there are many types of ultralight aircraft. Some fly as fast as 170 mph with an 1100 nm range, while others cruise along at 50 mph. Pilots fly ultralights across Canada and even across the continent.
8Can ultralights fly into controlled airspace?
Yes, if the aircraft is equipped with the required instruments and equipment.
9Can I take a passenger?
Yes, if you obtain your passenger carry endorsement which requires additional training and a flight test with a Pilot Examiner from Transport Canada. Also the ultralight that you fly must be registered as an advanced ultralight.
10How much does it cost to buy an ultralight airplane?
A budget 20k – 50k will get very capable safe aircraft. Although they can range from as little as $5000 for the flying lawn chair, to over $200,000 for the Ferrari of ultralights.
11Am I too old to learn to fly?
If you are healthy then age is just a number. There is no legal age limit.
12When can I do my training?
We operate all year, but spring, summer and fall provide more consistent weather.
13Do I have to do the ground school before I start flight training?
No, you can do your flight training during or before your ground school. Most students however do the ground school at the same time.
14How long is the ground school and what does it cover?
The ground school is 30 hours which covers everything required by Transport Canada and everything required to help you become a safe and professional pilot.
15What type of ultralight does Airspeed High use?
We fly a 2006 Challenger II advanced ultralight. It is the most popular ultralight design in Canada with over 600 registered. Our aircraft is equipped with many safety features, including a ballistic recover system that can deploy a parachute for the entire aircraft to be lowered to the ground safely.
16Can I rent after I get my permit?
17Can I get training in my own ultralight?
Yes, we do train on owner aircraft. It’s a great way to save on training costs and to learn the flight characteristics of your own airplane.