Murray Hay ~ PBM Photographic
Precision Paragliding

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.

Check flights

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.

Members must have a min of 2Mil UK 3rd party liability insurance. Insurance cover proof to be shown on request at all club sites. NOTE: some sites require personal as well as 3rd party insurance.

The club has a ICAO aviation Radio call-sign for use UK/world wide by any of our members, enabling access to airspace/ATZ’s that would otherwise be closed to paragliding.

The club R/T licenses cover certain (gliding) Freq’s. for members who do not have a FRTO permitting use of club Airband radios.

Full Members holding the required FRTO licenses and who wish to be issued with a ICAO call sign contact Murray who is managing this on behalf of NATS/CAA.


Use of illegal (2m/144mHz) radios is not permitted at the club, as these radios render the flight illegal the pilots insurance is null & void!


As on many club sites the L/Z is out of site of the T/O BHPA ‘Club (Novice) Pilots’ MUST take out personal 3rd party insurance as their BHPA insurance is not valid for bottom landing flights!

Membership subs: goods or services to the club of about 20 pounds per year (Regarding Bottles etc, ask Murray what sprits are currently required). Note: as the vast majority of the ‘Farmers Bottles’ etc, over the years have been paid for (totaling many thousands of pounds!) by Murray of PBM Photographic.. so if you fly a lot at ‘club sites’ and can afford more than one bottle that would help! The club also does track/fence/gate maintenance and Murray provides free tandem flying for members of the farming community!



NO BHPA 'coaching' is permitted, while the general idea of having coaches is good this this BHPA ‘rating’ involves NO marked exam, NO formal assessment of flying skills, and perhaps most of concern NOT even an assessment of practical ‘coaching’ abilities Etc Etc.

Quote "To qualify as a BHPA club coach, you need to attend the full weekend and obtain a certificate from the BHPA organiser at the end of the course. There are no examinations; you just have to perform well on the course. In addition, your local senior club coach needs to approve your application to the BHPA"

Equipment needed "All pilots will need to bring pen, pencil and paper" (Source BHPA)



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