Courtesy of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Recreational Aviation
Ultralight or recreational aircraft have advanced significantly since their emergence in the 1970s, from rather basic fabric and wire aeroplanes to the sleek composite types we see today.

The performance of modern recreational aircraft easily equals, and in many cases betters, the lower end of the general aviation aeroplane spectrum.

Recreational pilots are increasingly using this type of aeroplane for extensive cross-country trips around Australia.

Recreational Aviation Australia (RA-Aus) and the Hang Gliding Federation of Australia (HGFA) administer ultralight and weight-shift microlight (WSM) operations and pilot certificates. Microlights (commonly called trikes) rely on weight shift rather than the conventional three-axis control. This means that there are no tailplane or control surfaces such as ailerons, rudder or elevator, so the aircraft is controlled by the pilot shifting the aircraft’s centre of gravity in relation to the wing.

Courtesy of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.