Different types of ultralights mean there is an accessible, affordable, and exhilarating experience in aviation for everyone.
TYPES OF ULTRALIGHTS
The next step is to think about what type of ultralight aircraft you’d like to fly:
- Trikes / Weight-Shift
Trikes are available in both single-seat ultralight versions as well as two-seat light-sport aircraft.
- Airplane / Fixed-Wing
From basic open-frame designs to fully enclosed cockpits and streamlined designs are available in both single-seat ultralight versions as well as two-seat light-sport aircraft.
- Unpowered (Gliders/Sailplanes)
If you’re looking for the joy and serenity of silent flight, there are a number of popular u-powered designs available.
- Powered Parachutes / Powered Paragliders
Parafoil-type wings with a gas engine or electric motor to provide forward propulsion.
Rotorcraft can generally be divided into two categories: helicopters and gyroplanes.
- Lighter Than Air
There are lighter-than-air ultralights, including “backpack balloons” and even powered airships.
INTRODUCTORY FLIGHT IN THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF ULTRALIGHTS
We recommend you take an introductory flight in as many different types of ultralights as you can. While ultralight aircraft are, by definition, single-seaters, in some cases there are similar two-seater types available for demonstration flights or instruction. You can contact the manufacturer of a particular type directly, or just reach out to Sport Aviation Center or use our Sport Pilot Locator to find a local flight instructor or facility where you can take that first flight.