SunsetAir Experience flight enjoying an East Lothian Autumn sunset

East of Scotland

Microlight Training and Air Experience Flights

East of Scotland Microlights is operated by Gordon Douglas, Chief Flying Instructor with over 30 years' experience of flying microlights, and is the longest established school and club in Scotland, located at East Fortune Airfield, East Lothian.

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Air Experience Flights & Gift Vouchers

Experience the thrill of flying in a microlight in the safe hands of an instructor. Fly over East Lothian's beautiful beaches and famous golf courses and see the world's largest gannet colony on the Bass Rock from a different perspective! On longer flights you can take off over the Lammermuir Hills and down towards the Borders or over the Firth of Forth to Fife. You never know, you may love it so much that you will decide that you want to train to be a pilot yourself!

Winter Flying is wonderful over the LammermuirsWinter Flying is wonderful over the Lammermuirs

Gift Voucher for 30 Minute Flight

A fun introduction to microlighting

After a short briefing the instructor will pilot the aircraft, taking off and showing you the basic controls. You will then be invited to try flying it yourself from the back seat, for as long or short a time as you wish, though the instructor will take over for the landing!

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Gift Voucher for 60 Minute Flight

A chance to spend a bit longer in the back seat

A longer version of the 30 minute flight, where you can have a go at flying it yourself from the back seat, and also have time to sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery passing beneath you. Ideal for those with a special interest in the East Lothian area, or for those who wish to take photographs and need a bit more time in the air.

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Trial flight over EdinburghTrial flight over Edinburgh

Gift Voucher for 90 Minute Flight

Change seats with the instructor and do some flying yourself!

This flight can be done as longer version of the 60 minute flight with the chance to go further afar, or as a "two in one" experience where you start off in the back seat, and get the feel of being up there while the instructor shows you the basic controls of the aircraft. The instructor will then land the aircraft and you change seats and fly the remainder of the flight from the front seat, putting into practice what you have been shown on the first part of the flight - a great combination of fun flying and a lesson.

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6000' over the Firth of Forth6000' over the Firth of Forth

Gift Voucher for 120 Minute Flight

A BIG adventure!

On this flight you have a choice. You can either do the same as for the 90 minute flight, with the instructor beginning the flight in the front seat, but you get to fly further with an outlanding at another airfield (probably either in the Borders or Fife, or even further afield if conditions permit) where you swap seats and have a really good length of time piloting the aircraft yourself. Or you can stay in the back seat and have a longer sightseeing flight - we have flown people over the Trossachs, up to Perth or down to south Northumberland. Ideal for those who really want to go places!

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Training For Your Licence

Training For Your Licence At East of Scotland Microlights we provide training on the Flexwing/Weightshift type of microlight for your National Private Pilots Licence (NPPL) and are governed and overseen by the British Microlight Aircraft Association (BMAA) and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

East of Scotland Microlights supports the British Microlight Aircraft Association (BMAA).


About Us

The School

Graeme, Jill and GordonGraeme, Jill, Gordon and Eddie

The school has three instructors, Gordon, Graeme and Eddie and is run with help from Gordon's wife, Jill, who takes bookings etc.

Gordon Douglas started flying microlights in 1980 and set up the school at East Fortune in 1989. He has a wealth of experience of all aspects of microlighting and has taken part in various national competitions over the years. As well as being an instructor, he is an examiner, engineer and aircraft inspector. Gordon now only flies at weekends as he is so busy doing aircraft maintenance and inspections on other days.

Graeme Ritchie has been flying with us since 2000 and is an experienced instructor. He has toured extensively all over the UK and beyond and is a keen aerial photographer.

Eddie McDowell started flying at the age of 17, but swapped fixed wings aircraft for flexwings to join our team as a part-time instructor.

Jill Douglas started flying in 1995 but nowadays is on the ground running the flying school and associated flying club.

The instructors love what they do and hope to pass that enthusiasm on to those who train or have air experience flights with them. The school operates all year, generally seven days a week, from 9am until 6pm (last lesson 4pm), light and weather permitting.

The Support Team

Having fun at the airfieldJim, Colin, Kim and Mark

We could not function without the wonderful help we get from many of our club members, but especially from these four:

Colin Fender is our other inspector and helps Gordon out to a huge extent with keeping the fleet of microlights based here in safe flying order. Colin has been flying with us since 2014.

Kim Ritchie does the essential job of keeping our runways and aircraft parking areas cut. She’s a whizz with the lawnmower and makes it a priority to keep them looking smart. Kim has been flying with us since 2001 and is married to Graeme.

Mark Macrae is our groundsman, painter and general helper-outer. He’s helped to create our lovely back garden, revamped our toilet block, keeps the weeds down and so much more. Mark has been flying since 1989 and has been looking after our club grounds for almost as long.

Jim Oliver joined us in 2011 and has been a driving force with building projects – he built us our amazing workshop, toilet block and is always itching for another project!

The Club

The club has around 100 members, a welcoming and friendly atmosphere and plenty of flying activities including fly-outs, fly-ins and competitions, as well as social events. Weather permitting, members try to go somewhere most weekends, for a pub lunch in Bute, or just a hop down to the Borders. Weekends away are planned every so often too, the island of Gigha on the west coast being a firm favourite, together with Plockton and Mull.

The school and club are situated just off the A1, about 20 miles east of Edinburgh. Find us.

What is a Microlight?

A microlight is a lightweight aeroplane capable of carrying no more than two people. There are two types of microlight; one, which looks like a conventional plane, called a fixed wing or three-axis microlight and the other type, which looks like a hang-glider over a trike and is called a flexwing or weightshift machine.

Examples of the flexwing/weightshift type machines can be seen at our gallery pages.

At East of Scotland Microlights we give air experience flights and training on the flexwing/weightshift type of aircraft. They can be flown anywhere outside controlled airspace - no radio is required (though its use is actively encouraged) - and you have the freedom of the skies (with a few sensible restrictions!). If you have a radio licence then you can also fly in certain areas of controlled airspace.

Microlights are great fun to fly and are often seen as far more affordable than other types of powered flying. Lessons tend to be cheaper, second-hand aircraft can be available at surprisingly low prices with no compromise on safety, and microlights can be flown from fields which would be inaccessible to larger aircraft.


Microlighting is currently the safest form of sport aviation in the UK and high standards are ensured by strict regulations laid down by our association, the British Microlight Aircraft Association (BMAA), who are accountable to the CAA. For a lot more information on microlighting see the BMAA's website.

Trial flight over the Bass RockTrial flight over the Bass Rock (© Ger Harley)
Crossing Goat Fell on ArranCrossing Goat Fell on Arran

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