& Somerset Microlight Club is a not-for-profit club for microlight
pilots. We organise fly-outs and a club barbeque in the summer months
and, while we don't stop flying in the winter, much aviation is of the
mental, pub-based variety as the days grow shorter. The club provides a
means for pilots to get together, share information and benefit from
being part of a community. Several of us fly from Dunkeswell Airfield,
on the border of Devon and Somerset, but many members are based at
smaller airstrips around the area.
Annual membership includes
throughout the year and the club BBQ every summer. In the
winter, club nights offer the chance to meet up, talk about
flying and perhaps learn something new from
As a member benefit club
kit is available on free loan. (Charge applies otherwise.)
Somerset Microlight Club
is recognised by the British Microlight Aircraft
Association. Membership Please send a completed membership form to the
Membership Secretary (details below) with your subscription.
Devon & Somerset Microlight Club is recognised by the British Microlight Aircraft Association.
MembershipMembership costs just £15 per year (April to April - those joining mid-term can deduct £1.25 per lapsed month).
Please send a completed membership form to the Membership Secretary (details below) with your subscription.
The Club owns two lifejackets, a Personal Locator Beacon (and a marquee party tent!). Details of how members can brrow these items for free can be found here.
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Devon & Somerset Microlight Club was formed in 1985 by Jim Greenshields and two other intrepid fellow flyers. This was in the early days of microlight flying and back then the Club operated from the disused airfield at Smeatharpe, before moving to a patch of land just to the south of the airfield. Somewhere along the way the Club's founder become a qualified instructor and examiner, forming a separate enterprise, Somerset Microlights, which now uniquely resides in Devon!
The Club followed the newly-formed training school to the Taunton Showground before finally establishing itself at Dunkeswell aerodrome. Meeting minutes from the Club's early days reveal an occasional uneasy existence alongside those who don’t understand why people must fly and also shows every effort was taken to meet the needs of the “neighbours”.