UHPC Annual Dinner 2017

A good time was had by all once again at the UHPC annual dinner at the Templeton Hotel, Templepatrick on Friday 7th April.

See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeoUbMoAEtc&feature=em-uploademail.

Good food, drink and conversation meant that the last of the stragglers did not leave until around midnight.

In the end 24 attended and since this included some wives/partners it was a bit disappointing that out of a club membership of around 60 we did not have more who were free to come along. Maybe next time.

Many thanks due to Eveleen McMaster for once again organising the whole thing and putting up with the frustrations of chasing people up.

RESERVE PARACHUTE REPACK

The UHPC annual reserve parachute repack night - FREE for all UHPC members - was held at the Antrim Forum on Thursday the 23rd February 2017 from 6pm to 10pm.

UHPC Annual General Meeting Tues 29 November 2016

The Ulster Hang Gliding and Paragliding Club's Annual General Meeting was held on Tuesday 29th November 2016 at the Dunsilly Hotel.

Main points:

  • Officers' Reports for the year were given
  • Treasurer's Report for the year ending 31 October 16 shows club in a healthy financial position
  • Officers for the following year were duly elected - see "contact us" link aside
  • Membership fees to remain as last year

Many thanks and appreciation to the outgoing committee for all their hard work during the year involving detailed negotiations in relation to airspace restrictions and wind farm developments in particular.

 

 

DIVIS AND THE BELFAST HILLS

Arrangements are at a very advanced stage for access to Divis Mountain and the Belfast Hills - see airspace information above. We are asking everyone to stay away until all arrangements are in place and tested. Full details of ATC arrangements are on the Latest News page above and further information will be passed to members when access is finalised with the National Trust and the sites have been evaluated.

AIRSPACE BRIEFING AND NORMAN SURPLUS UPDATE

Thursday 20th October

Kings Head, Lisburn Road, Balmoral.  Belfast

We had a good turnout on the night and everyone enjoyed the following programme:

7 pm The new UHPC LOA's for Belfast TMA Class 'D' airspace,  an explanation followed by a Q&A session. Mark Piggott's excellent presentation was a very comprehensive story of how the airspace changes that affect some of our sites came about and what they mean for UHPC members. Mark had put in around a year of work dealing with the various officials to secure the best outcome for us.

The bottom line is that the Letters of Agreement in relation to the sites are legal documents and their conditions apply to all members of the UHPC, so anyone entering Class D airspace without getting clearance from Aldergrove ATC is breaking the law. Please scroll down this page for details of the procedures.

 B R E A K

 8pm  Norman Surplus around the world Autogyro adventure - part 2.  Norman gave an illustrated re-cap of Part 1 from NI to Japan and then onwards across the Pacific, America, the North Atlantic and back to Sandy Bay, Larne. He was happy to answer questions as he went along and had many stories of his adventures along the way. See also

 http://www.gyroxgoesglobal.com/

Norman and Roxy
He finished up with a six minute video showing some of the flying and scenery encountered. He was more than happy to stay on afterwards for a chat and to answer more questions and he had more interesting and entertaining stories of his travels to tell. Norman is currently writing a book of his round the world attempt. It will be well worth waiting for.

Since Norman is a survivor of advanced stage bowel cancer, he decided that all funds raised and donations received in connection with this epic marathon adventure would be directed to Bowel Cancer UK. Donations by individual members were made on the night. Further donations to this important cause can be made here - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/gforgyro.