Please be aware that over the next month or so, NI Water will be conducting an aerial survey by drone, at low level.  The device will be orange, with a fixed wing span of about a metre and flying at a speed of about 30mph.

The drone operator is David White.
His number 07738362742
He would appreciate a morning call from anyone proposing to fly in the Mournes so that there is no potential for conflict.


May 6/7th May 2017 Ulster Open based at the Kilcronaghan Centre near Tobermore. 

This years annual flying event, open to all pilots was a great success.

Here are the Ulster Open 2017 Results:

  • T1 - Undeclared dog leg
  • T2 - Undeclared dog leg
  • Total - Sum of T1 and T2 distances.
Rank Name     T1        T2 
1 Maurice McBride 6.4 79.4 85.8
2 Damian Kalinowski    84.2 84.2
3 Franciszek Baron   83.6 83.6
4 Rafal Obora 12.2 66.8 79.1
5 Bogdan Bailka 13.1 58.7 71.8
6 Mark Piggott 4.5 61.8 66.3
7 Ian Cross 6.4 55.5 61.9
8 Michael Knight   59.2 59.2
9 Donal Hamilton   50.8 50.8
10 Steve Hill 3.3 41.0 44.2
11 Dave Tweedie 6.7 30.2 36.9
12 Gerald Prialgauskis   31.4 31.4
13 Colin Dowey   31.2 31.2
14 Alan de Tourtoulon 2.6 16.4 19.0
15 Rafal Turczynski   14.3 14.3
16 Graham McCormick 2.9 7.1 9.9
17 Anthony O'Connor 1.4 3.3 4.7
18 Kevin Walsh   4.6 4.6
19 Keith (HG) 4.0   4.0
20 Alan F 3.0   3.0
21 Kevin 1.2   1.2
Short video of all the T2 track together is available here:
Congratulations to all pilots for some excellent flying on a challenging day. The prizes are as follows:

1) Maurice first prize - Years subscription to XC mag

2) Damian second prize - Cross Country flying book - "Thermal Flying"

3) Franciszek third prize - Speedarm and windsock

 Special well-deserved discretionary prizes of Speedarms are awarded to Danny Young and Colin Dowey who compromised their flying to willingly search for the site access padlock and negotiate with landowners.


Skerrywherry and Agnew's Hill West

Flying at these sites is restricted from April until mid-June due to nesting Grouse.

Anyone planning to fly there around those times should contact the gamekeeper, Alex Rodgers for advice. His mobile 'phone number is 07463124241.


Following a recent incident at Slieve Gullion, all pilots should be aware of the sensitivity of this site.  Full details are available here

Please make any other pilots who are not on the UHPC or IHPA mailing lists, aware of this message.

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.


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.

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