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With the Bantam Aircraft Manufacturing Plant being relocated to Mandeville, Colin & Maeva Smith would like to invite all owners of Bantam aircraft to keep in touch, spares are now available for all models. The latest production Model Bantam – the B22UL, with a 4 cylinder, 4 stroke UL 260i engine, is now undergoing its final Certification tests. This model is an exciting addition to the Bantam “family”. Enquiries welcome by phone 03 0289755 or email: croydon.aircraft@esi.co.nz

By putting the fun back into flying, Micro Aviation produces aircraft that will not break the bank. In 1983 Max Clear (Inventor, and founder of Micro Aviation) saw the need for a fun, stable, affordable aircraft, which could be mostly maintained by the owner, so he designed and built the first Bantam Mircolight. Over the years the reputation of the Bantam of being a safe, easy to fly aircraft has spread and now as New Zealand’s largest aircraft maker, we export almost half of our production to seven countries, winning many awards and accolades along the way. Sadly Max passed away in 2011.

Our manufacturing plant is fully certified by the CAA, we have the same systems and procedures in place as companies such as Boeing and Airbus, just on a smaller size aircraft.


Sport aviation represents something different to each of us. Yet a common thread for most is the love of flying, the exhilaration and freedom that flight gives us. With the Bantam range from Micro Aviation, the achievement of that dream has never been more accessible and affordable.

The Bantam sets new standards in design excellence, safety, flight performance, stunning good looks, fuel economy, crew comfort and affordable pricing.

As a conventional 3-axis microlight , the Bantam does not rely on pilot weight shift to effect control. Twin seats are positioned side by side for full dual control and both crew are well protected from the weather by an aerodynamic fibre glass pod and large wrap-around windshield.

Performance of the Bantam in its multiple options has been widely acclaimed as nothing short of sensational. In the hands of a learner it remains perfectly balanced for fingertip control and hands off flight, but pushed to the maximum by an experienced pilot the power and maneuverability is breathtaking.

The sleek aerodynamic lines of the Bantam underlie a subtle integration of form and style previously unseen in this category of aircraft.

Multiple Roles
The Bantam airframe is strong and flexible, allowing it to be used in many roles, for example, the option of aerodynamic floats complete with retractable amphibious landing wheels is under development. Ideal for use on sheltered harbours and lakes the floats open up a whole new dimension of opportunities that were previously inaccessible. The float plane has been flown for approx. 30 hours and been tested in many different situations from the Raglan Harbour to Lake Taupo.

With the second seat available to take significant loads a number of Bantams have been adapted for use in a variety of applications:

  • Fence checking and stock mustering on farms
  • Aerial topdressing and spraying
  • Aerial photography and surveying
  • reconnaissance and surveillance

Side by side seating, dual controls, comprehensive instrumentation and flying characteristics totally free of vices, make the Bantam an ideal flight training aircraft.

Due to the conventional 3-axis aircraft controls, the Bantam is well suited for initial flight training towards a General Pilots Licence.

Many aero clubs have found that the Bantam on their flight line provides a popular and affordable alternative to the high capital and operating costs of conventional light aircraft. The Bantam is simple great fun to fly!

Service and Sales
All Bantams are shipped 100% complete and require only minimal final assembly, which is generally carried out by our fully trained local representative who will also perform the initial flight test.

Spare and replacement parts and accessories are readily available through our local representatives along with comprehensive technical advice on all aspects of flight training, maintenance and repairs.

Micro Aviation, the company, is certified by Civil Aviation for Bantam B22S and B22J design, construction and supply.

The Bantam B22S and B22J are type certified by Civil Aviation Authorities complying in The United Kingdom, Western Europe, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Western Europe referring to the EEC.

  • BCAR Section ‘S’ ( United Kingdom )
  • CAO 101.55 ( Australia )
  • NZCAR 103.201 Type Cert. No. A-13 ( New Zealand )

Full certification of both Aircraft and Company provides ongoing assurance that each Bantam is produced to an exacting specification and under stringent quality and safety controls.