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    Thanks all for your replies.

    I contacted Geoff, and he confirmed it is indeed incorrect. so if anyone ever comes across this thread, the answer is indeed FL45!

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    Here are some notes I prepared for students when the rules were modified in 2016.
    Anyone taking the air law exam now should find that the questions reflect the rules as they are now.

    In mid-2016 the UK Air Navigation Order (ANO) was updated. This has led to some changes in Air Law relevant to flying microlights in the UK.
    At the same time the Microlight Air Law theory exam papers have been updated to reflect the new ANO. But as of now the textbooks that most people will learn from have not been reissued in updated format.
    Hence these notes are intended to summarise the main points of change and the differences from what the textbooks say. Please note that they are in no way authoritative (you’ll need a lawyer for that) and they don’t cover all the changes – just the most relevant ones.
    Skyway Code
    The CAA have produced a very good reference document that covers air law and operational procedures for private pilots. Its available to download from
    Pilot’s Medical Declaration
    There is now no need for a GP signature. The pilot simply does an online declaration of fitness. This is valid until age 70, after which it must be resubmitted every three years. There are now no group 1 restrictions – it’s a single standard. The required level of fitness that applies to flying microlights is basically the same as the DVLA standard for driving – if you’re fit to drive a car then you are fit to fly. Form and notes are here:
    Charity Flights
    The rules for charity flights have been relaxed. Any flight of which the purpose is to raise money for a Registered Charity counts. A passenger can be carried. All payment for the purpose of the flight must be paid directly to the charity (ie NOT to the owner of the aircraft or the pilot). No payment may be made to the pilot or for the use of the aircraft.
    Training Flight Validty Periods
    The validity period for all solo hours flown in training for the grant of the NPPL is now 24 months (was 9 months). This includes all navigation flight training.
    Flight Visibility Minima
    3km limit no longer applies, and neither do the SVFR minima of 5km and 10km.
    Instead the minimum visibility is now simply dictated by the requirements of the class of airspace in which the aircraft is being flown.
    Cost Sharing Flights
    The pilot does not have to pay an equal share as the passenger, although they must pay something. Only the direct costs of the flight can be shared – fuel, oil, landing fees. Costs likely to result from ownership of the aircraft cannot be shared in this way.
    Ground Signals
    Some have been scrapped
    - The arrow showing right hand circuits simply has to be a prominent colour
    - No balls on masts anymore
    - The white disc above the landing T is gone
    In Flight Regulations
    The quadrantal rule is scrapped and a VFR semicircular rule with levels between the IFR semicircular cruising levels replaces it.
    There is no longer a requirement to fly to the right of a line feature for collision avoidance.
    On the ground, aircraft overtaking can do so on either side.
    Flight Training in Amateur Built microlights
    These rules have been relaxed. Remunerated flight training may be undertaken if the student is an owner or part owner of the aircraft. All owners must be listed on the aircraft register or be a member of an owning group led by a Trustee.
    Non-remunerated flight training may be undertaken by anyone irrespective of ownership status.
    Microlight Clubs
    The rule that required a student and the instructor to be members of the same club has been removed.
    BMAA 5370
    Fixed wing instruction, examinations and revalidations in Norfolk.

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    Thanks, that's really helpful, and definitely simplifies what you have to learn!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmackay81 View Post
    Thanks, that's really helpful, and definitely simplifies what you have to learn!
    Simplifies even more when qualified, "following the arrow"....
    G-HAMS a pretty quick Quik

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    think i'm still at the "watch out for that tree" stage

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