Can I hire an aircraft for my personal use?
Yes! – but only when you have acheived at least a Private Pilots Licence. You will be able to take passengers but not for hire or reward.
How old are the aircraft?
Most of our aircraft are less than 20 years old.
Although the ‘newness’ of aircraft may give you a satisfying feeling, the strict maintenance protocols ensure that a 50 year old aircraft performs, and is as safe, as a new aircraft.
Do I have to maintain or repair the aircraft?
MFT uses the services of an external aircraft maintenance contractor. Our contractor has a well proven record of quality work and complies with all of the regulatory requirements.
As pilots you are required to perform some elementary checks of your aircraft in readiness to fly and report any issues. You will also do your own check of the engine oil and fuel levels and refill as required.
How fast do the aircraft go?
Depending on the size of the engine(s) and at times the aerodynamic capabilities of the aircraft, the airspeeds can be as low as 50kts (93kph, 58mph) and as fast as 165kts (306kph, 190mph).
The average speed of the single engine aircraft used for most training is 105kts (194kph, 121mph).
What sort of aircraft does MFT use?
The aircraft that MFT uses are often referred to as General Aviation (GA) aircraft. That means they are intended to be used for all sorts of low capacity general flying, including training, charter, private use, or specialised operations – agriculture, fire spotting, etc. GA aircraft have one or two engines.
A similar group of aircraft that weigh less than 600kg and only used for recreational purposes are called Recreational Aircraft. They include ‘ultra-lights’ and so on.