Flying ultralights can be the quickest, simplest, and most inexpensive way to get in the air for pilots who just want to have fun.
While there are a number of restrictions on ultralight activity - you can’t carry passengers, your aircraft can’t go too fast or weigh more than 254 pounds, etc. - there’s also a great deal of freedom, as ultralight pilots aren’t licensed in any way. There are no written or practical tests, and no specific medical requirements.
Because ultralight pilots aren’t licensed, this means that there’s no legal requirement for training. This doesn’t mean you can just jump in an ultralight and fly; you have to have some training first. While ultralights are, by definition, single-seaters, there are similar two-seat types in the Light Sport Aircraft category that make instruction accessible. You can also search for an instructor using our database.