Committee Meeting 20th May ’21

Minutes of Committee meeting held on Zoom at 8pm Thursday 20 May 2021


  • Scott Mather Chairman
  • Martin Yarrow Treasurer
  • Kieran Campbell Sites Officer


Matthew Church, Bob Dunthorn, Cathal Redmond


Chairmans Report

Incapacitated during April period of excellent flying weather, pleased to see many having very good flights. Hoping covid situation improves to allow meeting, social, etc.

Secretary Report

Not present nothing forwarded.

Treasurers Report

2 more members joined 44 at present. Few payments to Mountain rescue teams and Air
ambulance may go out in next few months.
Cardpay system has worked well.

Sites Officer

No issues reported. No more updates concerning Drone Technologies Ltd proposals at Montrose. It was noted a Drone demonstration had taken place at Montrose Harbour. It was also noted that that the Air Accident investigation Board had been critical of Civil Aviation Authority oversight among others in a commercial drone accident which may affect proposed operations at Montrose. AAIB March 2021 for more details.

Safety Officer

Nothing noted though it was mentioned about a pilot being plucked off a hill in thermic conditions.

Covid Officer

Nothing reported however, it was felt we should remain cautious and be aware of risks in car sharing.


Contact Boatclub to see what the situation is about meeting there.

Scottish Nationals possibly do something later in year subject to covid regs.

X Scotia weekend 5-6 June they may base in area depending on forecasts will ensure reminded of restrictions if they do.

Zoom meetings lectures it was noted a few had been organised particularly airspace one in early May, and we should encourage use if we can at present, though it is no real substitute for meeting pilots in person.

Next Meeting

Thursday 19 August 2021

Committee Meeting 25th Feb ’21

Minutes of Committee meeting held on Zoom at 8pm Thursday 25 February


  • Scott Mather Chairman
  • Martin Yarrow Treasurer
  • Kieran Campbell Sites Officer
  • Cathal Redmond Safety Officer
  • Adrian Smith Covid Officer


  1. Chairmans Report. Brief introduction and reported on failed attendance of SHPF AGM on Skype. Advising prospective members on routes into paragliding in current circumstances.
  2. Secretary Report. Not present nothing forwarded.
  3. Treasurers Report. 42 members signed up via the Cardpay direct debit scheme. Will send an email to all members prior to annual membership being drawn next year 2022, as cardpay had not. Bank Balance circa £4100.
  4. Sites Officer. Drone Technologies Ltd have plans to operate a drone port from Montrose
    airfield behind the dunes. They had submitted a request to the Civil Aviation Authority for a Temporary Danger Area over flying part of the dunes and forming an arc out to sea. This had not succeeded due to a number of reasons and Tom Hardie from the BHPA was advising us going forward.
    Seasonal site updates for St Cyrus and Glen Clova and any other possible issues will be
    updated on Whatsapp group.
  5. Safety Officer. Talked about the possible rustyness of a number of flyers and in particular
    newer flyers due to covid and winter layoff. Will try and encourage flyers to ground handle
    and inspect equipment thoroughly prior to flying. Discussion on anonymous reporting of
  6. Covid Officer. Updated us on current situation and when we may expect changes to come in going forward. In essence at present stay home unless for exercise, no car sharing etc.
  7. AOCB See if a reserve repack will be possible when covid guidance allows us.
    Encourage coaching and sitting of exams.
    See if Scottish Hangliding and Paragliding Federation are interested in hold a club coach
    course in next year.

Next Meeting

Thursday May 20 2021 8pm Zoom