How far can I fly in a microlight? – ‘First generation’ microlights consisted of an aluminium tube frame covered with fabric. These were often powered with small, 2 Stroke engines,(but, contrary to the popular myth, never lawn mower motors) so their performance was limited. Modern aircraft are often made from carbon fibre, have purpose built engines and a full range of flight instruments so they are capable of sustained, high speed flight. One of our instructors flew to Australia and back in such a machine.