Membership of ESP is open to PG pilots who consistently display good airmanship and who fly in compliance to UK Air laws.
Members are required to remain current (at least 25hrs flown p/a), a few individual sites have either stricter club restriction or legal requirements which members must abide by (this can be airlaw i.e. airspace or ATC requirements or local bylaws). In the case of ‘club’ restrictions these are normally complying with simple requests from the farmers / landowners regarding flying arrangements, this may be as simple as ‘PPR’ i.e. giving prior phone notification by the club rep to check on any issues that may be relevant that day before pilots drive to the site.
How we started:
ESP was set up with a fresh 'aviation based' approach for free flight paragliding for ALL pilots living or visiting the East of Scotland who treat paragliding as a serious branch of aviation, no matter where they trained.
New members require a check flight on applying to join, this is normal practice in joining general aviation clubs and in view of the number of BHPA ‘CP’ pilots who can’t launch with assistance we have had to adopted this policy. Check flights help ensure our club does not suffer from the high accident rates others suffer from. In addition there are issues that arise due to the lack of any BHPA 'currency' requirement so members are restricted to ‘club flying’ at some club sites until their hours (and site) currency have reached the required reasonable standard (note this does not apply to ‘open sites’.
The club is registered with the BHPC one of our national sporting body's, the sporting body being the BHPA which a number of our members also belong to.