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2017 flying year off to a great start!

Filed under: East Scotland,Uncategorised — Murray Hay @ 05:26 pm

While we have only had a single day this year with flying on snow covered hills due to the fairly mild conditions….

January has already given over a dozen days flying at club sites (so far!) and with luck both days this weekend have a good chance of ‘upping the count’ before high winds are forecast to arrive on Monday!

Today (Friday 27th) was a typical east coast ‘drive a few miles’ day with waves crashing over the sea wall at Arbroath yet light soarable conditions at Carnoustie and near calm (with fog returning towards sunset) in Dundee!


Flying at St Cyrus

Hi and (not that the weather this week was looking to be ‘on’ for St Cyrus!) thanks to Bill for the phone call tonight (11th April) to confirm that the situation is fully resolved regarding flying at St Cyrus.

So as usual for the summer flying the ridge AT the car park and to the north is fine, as per the long established gentleman’s agreement pilots are requested NOT to fly (beyond the 1st spur) to the south of the ridge during the raptors nesting season.

Murray Hay

The above was in reference to the previous (below) request to ESP members

Hi all, a request has been passed to ESP pilots via Bill (who lives there) from the Aberdeen club that while talks are about to start with the new senior warden at the Nature Reserve (at St Cyrus) that pilots “please don’t fly at any part of St Cyrus”.

St Cyrus has been flown by ESP club pilots (we in fact had exclusive permission to park the 4×4 in one of the landowners private car park) for almost 19 years and like the other club there, AHPC we had a voluntary gentleman’s agreement to limit flying to the north end of the site during the raptor nesting season, just to be clear, for now, the arrangement is to NOT fly even this area while talks are on going.

Murray Hay


World First for Nova… just a decade B4 they knew it!

Filed under: PG News!,Uncategorised — Murray Hay @ 07:37 pm

The following was posted to Nova’s Facebook page and emailed to them today 🙂

Having just got your newsletter this morning on “NOVA Speedbrake Riser” and as reading the article gave me a very strong sense of Deja Vu 🙂


I just had to grab a few quick camera phone shots of the risers of one of the two Vertex PG’s that I’ve been using to ‘test bed’ paragliding Physics since the mid 90’s when I took up the sport (one of my first two gliders was a ‘second hand’ TWO flight time ‘old’ Vertex 22 (i.e. uncertified rather than a ‘2/3’) which I after I registered it has the first ever issued UK (CAA) aircraft registration, ‘G-BYLI’ (ICAO callsign ‘Fotoglider Lima India’)….!


The photographs show the ‘Rear Riser System’, which permits the pilot either by hand and/or by use of the normal speed bar system. BUT attached to the ‘RR System’ rather than to the standard system on the A riser, to alter in flight, indirectly the pitch of the wing, either ‘asymmetrically’ (One on a A riser’ One on a C Riser) to directly enter a flat spin from forward flight with little/no noticeable stall drop…. Or when both sides (if using the foot bar) are attached to the two C risers, letting the pilot (passing smoothly/quickly through the parachutal stall) fly the wing backwards i.e. moving the pilots mass ‘backwards’ in flight so as the secondary & further effects take place the trailing edge becomes lower then the leading edge hence the direction of ‘forward’ flight changes by 180* 🙂

Note: when in use the Rear Riser System is generally used with OR matched with use of the brakes (in the pilots hands), this is easiest when hand operated (takes reasonable strength) as the ‘new leading edge’ coming down with the brake handles, AND the hand operated RRS directly avoiding any kinking in the wing material between the brake fan attachments and the C riser attachment points 🙂

So in conclusion this was a world first for Nova…. it’s just that it was a first for my two Nova Vertex 24 gliders in Scotland well over a decade ago 🙂

Yours Murray ‘Fotoglider’ Hay


PG Insurance provider

Filed under: Uncategorised — Murray Hay @ 11:18 am

As Sports Cover Direct are no longer providing cover, probably due to the amount of ‘Personal Injury’ claims making it no longer profitable!!!!! Here is an alternative provider 🙂

We recently had an enquiry for people living in Southern Ireland who needed Third Party Liability Cover and as non UK residents we were unable to help.

We do try and help and can now offer such cover so feel free to call us on 02380 268351.

Incidentally, we can also cover UK residents paragliding/hang gliding etc who need only liability cover too.

Many thanks

Darren Nangle
AIB Insurance
02380 268351


Rembering our friend Nairn

Filed under: Uncategorised — Murray Hay @ 09:13 am

Nairn Ferrier

A Husband, Father and Brother


Lost April 2009 along with 15 other

souls in the North Sea helicopter crash

Our friend, who will be sadly missed.


Wickerman Flying Festival

Filed under: Uncategorised — Ali @ 11:53 pm

Well, I headed down to the Wickerman Flying Festival a few days ago, and did a bit of bungee bouncing and I think I listened to some rock music. But that might have been a dream, like the smell of herbs and stuff. Arent the policemen nice in Galloway.


Filed under: Uncategorised — Joe Smith @ 03:53 am

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