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..


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    


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, Maurice McBride, 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.



Customised Course for Hang Gliding and Paragliding
Tutor: Stephen Synnott
Dates: Sat 7th to Sun 8th April 2018 (2 -day course)
Venue: Kilcronaghan Activity and Conference Centre, Tobermore
Cost: £85 (max - there is very likely to be a UHPC discount for members)
Booking deposit £20
  • Course tuition
  • Certificates
  • Materials & equipment
  • Overnight accommodation
Not included:
  • Food
We're overdue a First Aid Course, I think most people's qualifications are out of  date, and I for one am getting rusty.
Stephen's courses have been excellent in the past and tailored exactly to the injuries and situations we are likely to encounter and the harnesses and equipment we use.
The cost is half that advertised elsewhere and the UHPC are very likely to discount this further for members (topic for next committee meeting!)
Please sign up with a £20 deposit as soon as possible to treasurer (Tom Carson) to ensure the course goes ahead. No deposit = no place and no discount for late bookers.
Ways to pay:
1. Bank Transfer  Acc no. 03553055  Sort code 98-01-50  ( easy to do if you use online banking)
2. Hard Dirty Cash, if you see Tom out and about the hills
3. Old Fashioned Cheques, can be made out to U.H.P.C. And posted to UHPC Treasurer: 4 Highfield Manor  Craigavon BT64 3AH
5. PayPal (though the club will lose out in admin fees) PayPal button can be found at the bottom of home page of the UHPC website (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


Annual Reserve     Repack         Antrim Forum, 20 Lough Rd, Antrim BT41 4DQ         Thursday 1st Feb 2018             

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.

Around a third of the current members turned up and deployed their reserves from the swinging rope. Repacking prompted a bit of head scratching at times but in the end everybody got their reserve 'chute packed and installed in the harness.

IMPORTANT: Make sure that the reserve is installed in the harness CORRECTLY so that it can easily pull out without twisting and jamming - i.e.   have the deployment bag installed with handle attachment uppermost.

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