Real bumblebees are large, hairy insects with a lazy buzz and clumsy, bumbling flight.
Many of them are black and yellow, and along with ladybirds and butterflies
are perhaps the only insects that almost everyone likes.
Our “Bumble Bee” is a black and yellow microlight.
She is a Thruster TST Mk1, built in 1988 and
lovingly cared for since then.
The Bumble-bee Flying Club comprises her current owners
Joan, Ginge, Brian, and Lee
Joan (right) and friend Angie with the Bumble-bee in her original colours
The lovely farm strip where the Bumble Bee is based.
Visitors are usually welcome, but pilots, please PPR and
avoid over-flying local villages.
The BMAA is the governing body of microlight aviation in the UK.
If there is anything you need to know,
they will be able to tell you – or point you to someone who can.
The BMAA runs a set of discussion forums for people
with something to say or to ask about the sport. ,
As with all such groups, there is a lot of chaff amongst the wheat.
Now also there is an independent microlighting forum at
Saxon Microlights is a small family-run microlight flying school for London and Essex.
We specialise in teaching sport aviation enthusiasts to fly safely in microlight aircraft.
We operate from a North Weald Airfield within easy reach of the M11.
We are able to offer training from your first air experience flight through to your microlight pilot’s NPPL
Air experience flights are near the M11 and M25 where you can watch the traffic jams or look out across London.
We know Angie from the BWPA branch in Essex
We have visited her farm strip on many occasions and have always been made welcome.
If you want to go there, you’ll probably be welcome too. Make sure to phone her first for a briefing.
Until his death in 2009, Tony Hayes ran the Thruster Operator Support Group in Australia
and latterly, primarily concerned himself with writing and publishing Training Manuals for Ultralight Pilot and Ultralight Instructors.
Tony was also the resident CFI for the Brisbane Valley Leisure Aviation Centre.
Copies of his tailwheel conversion manuals are available here.
In 2003 a group of newly qualified microlight pilots decided there was a need for microlight club in Essex.
This is the result of their endeavours
From 2005 we have been following the progress of a project to restore a microlight biplane to flying condition.
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Last updated 28/8/14