Award winning pilot Tony Hughes can boast more than 30 years experience in the air.
As a teenager he won a flying scholarship in 1972, completed at Doncaster Aero Club, and was awarded a university cadetship in 1973 with the London University Air Squadron. His many achievements in the skies include winning the European and World open hang gliding championships in the early 1980s. He gained a coveted place on the British national hang gliding team in 1981 to twice represent his country at the World Hang Gliding Championships in Japan and in 1983 at the world championships in Germany.
1984 saw his interest in microlight flying gather speed when he began work as series test pilot in development of the XL series flexwing. In 1988 he established Wiltshire Microlight Centre building on his success in the air - the business relocated to Yatesbury in 1995. In 1993 he was awarded senior inspector status by the BMAA's chief inspector.
On 12th July 2014 at the annual Worthing International Birdman event Tony flew 116.3m becoming the first man to achieve a flight over 100m.
Tony now dedicates his time to sharing his many years' experience with fellow enthusiasts, whether they are just starting on the path to flight or trained pilots.
Andrew obtained his NPPL & Instructor rating at the world famous Popham airfield in Hampshire, obtaining his instructor rating under the direct training of Mac Smith. Once qualified Andrew took up the role of full time instructor at Popham, achieving over 1,000 hours of instructional flying time.
The opportunity recently arose for Andrew to work alongside industry icon Tony Hughes, based at Yatesbury in Wiltshire and in working together the Wiltshire Microlight Centre is set to become the choice location for microlight flying and training.