RESERVE PARACHUTE REPACK

Annual Reserve Repack                                      Thursday 7th Feb 2019  7.00pm - 10.00pm

                                 ANTRIM FORUM, Lough Road, Antrim. BT41 4DQ

Its that time of the year again, a chance to see what is hiding behind the red handle on the side of your harness. As you know it is recommended that your reserve parachute is deployed and repacked at least once a year.

Why do we do this?

1.Familiarise ourselves with the position of the reserve handle
I recommend on every flight, that you take 2 seconds to locate and grab the reserve handle, this will create muscle memory, and in the event of having to throw, it will make things much easier

2.Prevent velcro lock
Velcro can in some cases bond together, if it hasn't been separated for a long period of time

3.To check, when handle is pulled, that pins/plastic tabs disengage and the reserve and inner bag is hanging from the handle
If pins/plastic tabs don't release, then reserve will not deploy. On some occasions pulling the handle, the inner bag will come away from the reserve, this results in either reserve left in reserve compartment(bad) or the reserve been deployed(not as bad).The reason you want to have reserve and inner bag hanging from handle, is so you can throw the reserve away from the paraglider, to prevent any entanglement

4.Throw
If your glider is spinning around you, aim to throw behind the trailing edge of the glider, it is the action of throwing which deploys the reserve, remember to let go of the reserve handle! you can assist the opening of the reserve by tugging on the bridle. (You will have the opportunity to practice throwing your reserve parachute, hanging from a long rope attached near the roof of the centre).

5.Once your reserve is open, disable your glider to prevent entanglement with the reserve

By repacking your reserve, you will become more familiar with it, you will understand how it works. Hopefully you will have more confidence in it. You may come across unknown problems, Why is it stained? did my harness get a soaking at anytime, should i have checked the reserve, let it dry out and repack it again.
When you pull the handle, does the reserve release smoothly? or do you have to really pull to get it to release, maybe its worth checking what is preventing the smooth release.

This is a chance to practice deploying your reserve, as above. If you're not happy, repack and deploy again, talk to others who may have more experience in this field.

Handy things to bring with you:
Reserve parachute handbook
Harness handbook
strimmer wire
Long shoelace
adjustable wrench
elastic bands

Your normal flying gloves and helmet for practice deployment.

 

2018 UHPC AGM

The 2018 AGM was held at 7.30pm on Wednesday 28th November at the Dunsilly Hotel.

New committee details are on the "contact us" page - link on the left. Draft minutes to follow in due course.

Meantime, reports from the Chairman, Air Liaison Officer and Treasurer are in the Members' Area of the website under 'Club Documents'.

UHPC ULSTER OPEN COMPETITION 2018

The 2018 Ulster open was planned to take place on Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July 2018 based at the Kilcronaghan Centre Tobermore.  Due to the low numbers entered and the strong wind forecast, the event was cancelled and there was no opportunity for it to be revived before the end of the year..

 

If on, entry fees are as follows:


 1) Weekend Two Day event - £35 or Euro 40. This includes accommodation, registration, evening meal (with some beer and wine), breakfast and where possible retrieves.

 

2) Weekend Two Day event - £25 or Euro 30.  This includes, registration, evening meal (with some beer and wine), breakfast and where possible retrieves.

 

3) Single day entry - £10 or Euro 15. This includes, registration and where possible retrieves.
 
As usual, all pilots should be able to demonstrate BHPA or equivalent insurance.

Accommodation - Separate arrangements can be made for accommodation for £20 or Euro 25 per person per night if required. Camper vans are accepted in the car park.

For further information/clarification contact the club Chairman, Steve Hill - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

CLUB FIRST AIDERS

Hopefully, their skills will never be needed but, for information following the recent first aid course, here is the list of members with known First Aid qualifications:

1 Alan de Tourtoulon    
2 Bertie Kennedy
3 Colin Dowey     
4 Colin Lown      
5 Dave Tweedie    
6 Graeme Mosley   
7 Ian Cross          
8 Ken McConnell
9 Mark Piggott    
10 Maurice McBride         
11 Phil Barron          
12 Ron Chudziak  
13 Simon Finlay      
14 Steve  Hill        
15 Tom Carson             
16 Tony Conway
17 Uel Glendinning    

2018 MEMBERSHIP

UHPC membership subscription for 2018/19 is now due. Even if you are an existing member you should complete and send a membership form and £12 subscription to the treasurer, Tom Carson, so that your contact and other details are up to date. The membership form link is at the bottom of the UHPC.co.uk 'home' page.