Mainair Microlight Centre, Barton Aerodrome, Liverpool Road, Eccles Manchester M30
Tel 0161 787 9033 / Mob 07837 380014 firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to Mainair Microlight Centre. My name is Mark Jackson and I am the director
and C.F.I. of Mainair Microlight Centre.
I Started flying in 1990, after watching microlighting on the TV. I decided then
that I wanted to own and fly my own microlight, something that I could keep at home
in the garage and maintain myself.
I learned to fly in Hereford and bought my own microlight before I went solo, I was
sure this was what I wanted to do.
After getting my licence, I flew whenever possible, from various sites. Some were
airfields, some were farmers fields and even from beaches, where I would spend the
day taking friends flying, trying to share this wonderful sense of freedom I had
I began to do some competitions, which I enjoyed, and became more adventurous, wanting
to travel farther afield. After competing in The Round Britain Rally, I decided to
compete in the Great Adventure, which was a race from Madrid to London. So in September
1995, I flew my trusty old Mainair Mercury 462, solo to Madrid, and then back again.
Out of 56 entries, only 15 finished and I came 8th and was the only one to fly it
solo.(Billy no mates).
I began teaching in 1996, and moved to Barton Aerodrome in 1997.
In June 2005 I flew from John’O’Groats to Lands End, and back to John’O’Groats in
one day, the first time it had been done, and that was solo, taking 15hrs 45mins.
In 2007, David Barker, a friend I had gained through flying, asked me if I would
like to fly over Kilimanjaro, the highest free standing mountain in the world. I
obviously said yes, but we would need to get in touch with Richard Meredith Hardy
to see if we could borrow the microlight he used to fly over Everest a few years
In January 2008, we flew over Kilimanjaro, and in doing so gained two
World Records and three British Records, none of which would have been possible without
David's generosity, as he funded the whole expedition.
Where Are We
Mark Jackson has been flying microlights for over 21 years. His qualifications include:-
* Flying Instructor
* Flight Examiner
* Ground Examiner
* Aircraft Inspector
* BMAA Check Pilot
* P+M Aviation
Company Test Pilot
# Flex wing flying training by CAA appointed flying instructors and examiners.
# Air Experience Flights (Gift Vouchers).
# Microlight conversion training “in house” examinations by our CAA appointed examiner.
# Ground school courses and individual training.
# Aircraft sales –new and used.
# Inspections, test flight and servicing.
# Charts, books, clothing and accessories.
# Agents for leading makes of Microlights and equipment.