He took up microlighting
in 2000 and gained his pilot's licence in 2001.
pal Les Hodgson said: "What sad news.
Police sealed off the crash site and both the Air Accident Investigation Bureau and the British Gliding Association, the governing body for microlighting
, were informed.
Flying instructor Colin, aged 49, a world champion at microlighting
, from Nottingham, said: 'My family is used to me going off on adventures but I'm a bit nervous about the weather forecasts.
Mr Sykes took up microlighting
in 2000 and got his licence in 2001.
For the best introduction to microlighting
, you should book him a Microlight Flight Experience.