SITES UPDATE January 2014

BIG COLLIN: Maintenance works have taken place along the laneway resulting in a number of new hazards to avoid - email has been sent to members with details.

SHANE'S HILL: The new landowner has given permission for flying to continue provided, as for all club sites, that every pilot is insured. The new owners have placed locks on the two top gates. Please contact the sites officer if you need access. In the meantime pilots should use the gate in the layby at the bottom of the hill. Please do not climb over any gates or the new fences that have been put up. More information in the sites guide in the members' area of the website.

Magilligan NW & Hell's Hole: A very large wind farm is proposed for the area downwind of these two sites. We are currently in discussions with the developers about this.

Dungiven West and Boviel: A large wind farm is to be built immediately downwind of these two sites. The chairman and sites officer are currently in discussions with the developer. Further update is in the latest club magazine Flypaper sent to members (colour version of the magazine  and previous editions are in the members area of the website).

KNOCKAGH: There is a new barbed wire fence blocking usual pedestrian access. Do not attempt to cross this fence. For alternative access approved by the landowner see update on the website Sites Guide.

SLIEVE CROOB: Be aware of microlight activity from the nearby Slieve Croob Flying Club.

DUNGIVEN WEST: Stiles are now in place at the bottom landing area and by the top gate, courtesy of Limavady Borough Council (see photos in sites guide in the members' area).

SLIEVE GALLION: Sperrins Gateway have constructed a stile below the cairn. Further details, including photo, are in the Sites Guide in the members' area of this website. Landowner advises that lambing is expected in April and early May 2014 so the site is likely to be closed then. Update will be provided nearer the time.

 Just a reminder that the following rules have been agreed with the Sl Gallion landowner:

  • You may drive to the mast but under no circumstances must vehicles be driven any further than the car park. Parking should be sensible and not cause obstruction.
  • Pilots must carry proof if insurance and be prepared to show this to the landowner if requested. For BHPA members your membership card or helmet sticker will suffice, this applies to visiting BHPA pilots. Non BHPA pilots will need to have proof of 3rd party liability insurance to minimum of £2,000,000. If challenged by the landowner please be polite and cooperative.
  • Try to avoid landing near livestock at any time. The landowner lives in a bungalow at the bottom left of the north takeoff and has a clear view of this site. If you happen to land at the bottom near his house and there are animals around it may be helpful to call to the house and explain why you had to land there.

WHITEPARK BAY: Until further notice, before flying this site, please contact Willie Kane (tel: 07885157731) for updated information.

AGNEW'S HILL: East face - landowner requests us to use the stile on the fence that runs over the top (photo in sites guide). West and Southwest faces - access is by locked gate off the main Larne/Ballymena road leading to a two-mile long lane. Contact the Sites Officer for access. Negotiations are currently in progress with a wind farm developer re proposed siting of turbines upwind of the landing area and part of the soaring face of the site.

 GENERAL: Sites Officer has met NI Sports Forum, SportNI and Countryside Recreation NI who are keen to support UHPC to protect and secure access to sites. Further negotiations are also ongoing involving the Chairman with windfarm developers NIE and with the National Trust. Details will be posted in the Members' Area of the UHPC website in due course. All but a very few of the site owners have been visited around Christmas with presents from the club and all have been very appreciative and content for us to continue using their land as long as we are insured.

Club Annual 'Christmas' Dinner

This very successful and enjoyable event took place at the Curran Court Hotel, Larne on Friday 28 March 2014 from 7:30pm.

Whilst only two attendees got fully into the Christmas spirit and dressed for the recently past festive celebrations - well done Bronagh and Michael, an excellent evening with super food and good craic was had by all.  A chance to catch up with those who aren't able to get out as often as they'd like and an opportunity for spouses to see and meet some of the characters in the club - where were you Danny? It was good to see lady pilots Deri, Caroline and Kirsty.

Michael also happened to have his recently completed Kobo Mini / XC Soar.  A different approach to packaging with an eye for future additions and Michaels usual attention to detail had many admirers, can we pursuade you to take orders for the case extension?

We know it's impossible to pick a venue to suit everyone, but the food at the Curran Court was beautifully presented and the portions were generous to say the least.  I think we will be back.

Thank you Eveleen and Alastair -  a success!

Maurice was crowned king of the Ulster XC League with a record aggregate distance, closely followed by Mark Piggott and Dave Tweedie.  Jim Rainey was unable to attend, but in has absence was awarded Best Newcomer.  Well done.

To close out the evening Maurice was able to distribute the 'fresh off the press' April edition of Flypaper  - another excellent read. 

UHPC 2014 XC ULSTER OPEN COMPETITION

THAT WAS THE ULSTER OPEN 2014 THAT WAS!

SECOND CHANCE TO WIN THE FREE HOLIDAY

Flying on Saturday 24th May was scrubbed in advance due to the forecast and the comp entrants met on Saturday evening at the Kilcronaghan Centre for a meal, drink and some craic and entertainment by club members with skills other than paragliding or hang gliding.  It was good to see the contingent from our neighbours 'down south'.

Sunday dawned with low cloud sitting on the hill and wall to wall cloud cover.  The RASP however offered some encouragement if we could just get a few holes in the cloud cover. 

After briefing and parawaiting for hours on the top of Slieve Gallion the cloud lifted sufficiently to allow flying but with cloudbase only 100ft above the top of the hill options were severely limited.  To increase the chances of participants registering some flights in the difficult  conditions the usual minimum 5km open distance requirement was reduced to 2km and the 'window' opened.  Some very creditable attempts were made at flying well out in front and using the weak cloud suck to remain airborne but as time moved on conditions became lighter and most people were scratching and practicing their slope landings.

With one minute to go to the window close time and with a very dark cloud with following squall line approaching slightly off to one side of the hill, our club treasurer headed off in final desperation to see what 'suck' he could find beneath this.  Not really connectiing he flew an extended glide straight out and made 2.1km!!!  The only qualifying flight of the day, the winner of the comp and flying a B wing.

Maurice has been flying for many years and is an experienced XC pilot, he is both delighted and slightly embarrased to win the comp with such a short flight, but rules are rules and everyone had the same opportunity. Well done Maurice!

Although very grateful for the prize, Maurice feels somewhat guilty and has declined to accept the fly-guide holiday. As a result, with sponsor agreement, the prize is being held over for pilots to compete for later. Details as above.

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FREE FLY-GUIDE HOLIDAY TO BE WON

UHPC 2014 XC Ulster Open
Sat 24th and Sun 25h May

Format: Historically this informal XC (cross country) competition has been a straightforward open distance goal for both hang gliders and paragliders. However, weather permitting, the exact format will be decided by the Meet Director at morning briefing. Competitors should acquaint themselves with the UHPC XC rules, viewable on the club website’s XC League page.

Location: The competition base is again the Kilcronaghan Activity Centre near the village of Tobermore in County Londonderry / Derry. Visit www.kilcronaghan.co.uk for directions. Many of the club’s most popular and frequently used sites are within a half hour’s drive of the centre but, as usual, the weather will dictate which local sites are suitable.
Sharing overnight accommodation is available at the Centre for the very modest cost of only £18/night for up to nearly 50 participants/partners/friends. This will be allocated on a first come first served basis and requests should be directed to the club Chairman ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), please do not leave this to the last minute. If all on-site accommodation is taken, efforts will be made to find other ‘local’ accommodation, please contact one of the Ulster Open committee (see below).

Catering for Saturday’s evening meal and Sunday’s breakfast is included in the entrance fee at the Kilcronaghan Centre.

Qualification/insurance: Minimum BHPA Club Pilot rating and insurance is required, or equivalent. Evidence will be requested/required during registration on the first morning of the comp.

Payment: Entrance fee is £15 or €20 Euro if received by the treasurer BEFORE Sunday May 11th
and £20 or €25 AFTER for each competing pilot, payable by one of the following methods:

* Sterling cheque (in advance) made payable to UHPC, and posted to M.McBride (treasurer), 61Marina Park, Belfast, BT5 6BA. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
*Credit transfer to the UHPC bank account 98 01 50 03553055 Please describe your payment as [“Your Name” 2014 Open].
*Paypal account: There is a paypal button on the 1st page of the club website. (Note: entrants are responsible for paying paypal fees, please select appropriate options before transferring fee as only fully paid-up entrants will be eligible for prizes). http://www.uhpc.co.uk/
*Cash (only), on the first day of competition, prior to the morning briefing.

No refunds will be possible. Every effort will be made to run the competition on the above dates, however entrants will be aware that our sport is weather dependent. If a day proves not to be flyable, even on the dunes, then there are options to watch the Motocross racing at the track right next door, go mountain biking on the excellent Davagh Forest mountain trails or surfing in the Atlantic. Just bring whatever kit you might need. The decisions of the meet director and/or
comp safety committee will be final.

Visiting pilots from UK mainland should contact one of the Ulster Open committee (see below) if requiring assistance with travel arrangements, accommodation, or general information.

Prizes: all prize winners will in addition receive a ‘shield’ with their name engraved on, i.e.:

  • Paragliders: 1st , 2nd , 3rd
  • Hang gliders: 1st only (it’s not fair that every entrant gets a prize!)
  • Best Novice

In addition, our sponsors, including Simon Murphy's Flying Circus and Independence Gliders have provided a number of prizes which will be raffled on the Saturday evening. The biggest single prize is from our long time sponsor FlySpain who are offering a free week’s guided flying holiday in Algodonales to the best performance on an EN ‘A’ or ‘B’ paraglider!!

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UHPC ULSTER OPEN 2014 (24 & 25 May)
ENTRY FORM


Name and Initials: ................... ...................................
Address:............................................................................................................................................................................
...........................................................................................................................................................................................
Post Code: ………………………………….. ............................eMail ..........................................................................
Tel. No. ( mobile )............................................ (Home):.......................................................................................
Next of Kin contact details. Name....................................................... Tel. No. ...................................................
1.My Pilot Rating is: ...............................................................

2.Glider: Make,Model and class: ..............................................................................................................................

3.My BHPA membership No. is: ………………………………

4. Non BHPA members alternate insurance details: (minimum cover required = £2 million 3rd Party liability):

Insurance Providers Name: ……………………………………… Policy Number: ………………….

5. Club membership info: UHPC: Yes / No IHPA: Yes / No OTHER CLUB: .........................................................

  • I accept that paragliding is a sport involving potential risks and that flying in a competition involves some additional risks including but not limited to crowded air space and pre-set flying routes.
  • I accept that each and every time I fly I do so by my own choice and that I have the final say in the route I choose to fly.
  • I agree to obey the rules of this competition and comply with the instructions of its officials. I accept that the rules of this competition have been made available for me to read.
  • I accept that the competition rules do not in any way supercede normal Visual Flight Rules (VFR) and any other relevant rules regarding my activities during the competition.
  • I accept that it is my responsibility to ensure that both myself and my equipment are fit to fly and that my equipment is compatible with competition requirements.
  • I accept that it is my responsibility to perform thorough pre-flight checks prior to each and every flight.
  • I accept that it is my responsibility to fly within the limitations of my equipment and my personal skill level/competence.
  • In all cases including accident or death, I release the organisers of this competition from any liability whatsoever.

 

Date:................................... Signature: …………………………………………………….

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Reserve Self Repack night - 21st March 2014, 7-10pm

The UHPC annual self repack night took place at the Antrim Forum on Friday 21st March 2014 at 1900hrs and was very well attended.  
 
For future reference here are the details. We have the hall for 3 hours, but come early as the time usually flies - excuse the pun.
 
What happens?
Club members attach their harness to a rope suspended from the steelwork supporting the high roof of the main sports hall and then with enthusiastic assistance get swung wildly while they test deploy their reserve (more realistic than sliding down a zip line). They get to gather up their kit and wonder what to do with a now deployed 'chute. After some head scratching and watching others they usually decide to re-pack themselves with some helpful suggestions from others, failing that you could always do the best job possible and still post it off to a professional re-packer.
 
But, you will get to see what your reserve looks like and importantly how easy or hard it is to pull and throw - a definite two stage process.  You wouldn't be the first to still be holding the reserve in the deployment bag after the first attempt!  Better here than in the air!
 
What do I need?
  • You.
  • Your harness fitted with reserve but detached from canopy.
  • A spanner (to undo the bolt on the maillon)
  • Replacement elastic bands (used to stow the reserve suspension lines neatly)
  • The manufacturer's instructions for repacking your reserve (although mine proved worse than useless).
  • Bulldog clips can help to hold lines in place while re-packing
  • Fine cord, to pull the container loop through the eyelets and insert the reserve restraining pins
  • For a more authentic experience you may want to bring all your usual clothing that you wear when flying, gloves, flying suit, helmet, etc to see how difficult it might be when you do go to find that handle.
 
How Much?
The event is normally free to existing UHPC members and £5 to non members.
 
Where?
Main sports hall
Antrim Forum,
Lough Road,
Antrim,
BT41 4DQ
T. 028 9446 4131
F. 028 9446 2968
 
 
If you have any questions please let me know via  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 

UHPC AGM 2013

The Annual General Meeting of the Ulster Hang Gliding and Paragliding Club, took place at The Dunsilly Hotel, Antrim on 17th November 2013.

Committee for 2013/14 was elected as follows:

Chairman: Ian Cross

Secretary : Ian Fraser

Sites Officer: Bertie Kennedy

Treasurer: Maurice McBride

Safety Officer: Steve Hill

Air Liaison Officer: Mark Piggott

Chief Coach: Tony Conway

 

In addition:

Ian Haslett and Phil Barron volunteered to help with sites issues;

Dave Tweedie agreed to cover coaching matters in the absence of Tony Conway;

David Wiggins agreed to act as accounts auditor;

Maurice McBride is to continue production of the club magazine; and

Walter Hoy and Willie Kane to look after paramotoring issues.

Subsequently Colin Dowey kindly agreed to source presents for landowners; Donal Hamilton volunteered to deliver presents to landowners at Mayobridge site as last year; and Alastair McMaster volunteered to arrange the club annual dinner.

Amendments to the club constitution as agreed at the AGM have now been incorporated in a revised UHPC Constitution now available in the members' area of the website.