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.
Main sports hall
Antrim Forum,
Lough Road,
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.


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.


Leading "parapensioner" Danny Young flew from the Carmeen, Mayobridge site to Newcastle, Co.Down on 19 June 2013, thus making the first known unpowered flight between these points via a southerly route over and round the Mourne mountains. Details of this impressive flight are at

Successful UHPC 2013 XC Ulster Open Sat 25th and Sun 26th May2013

Some cracking flying by the brave souls who were happy (I think!) to take off in strong and blustery conditions. All who chose to fly got airborne - and back - safely and given the less than ideal conditions, flights from Boviel, Dungiven to the north coast, or near it, were achieved. Those who appeared to be waiting for the perfect thermal had impressive flights without leaving the hill, but congratulations to the pilots who fought with every scrap of lift all the way over the back.

Thanks are due to Tony Conway for directing operations; to Donna his wife for the first class food - best we've ever had at the Open; to Ian Cross for heading up the organisation of the event and to all who went on retrieve journeys, especially Drew McLaughlin. It was good to see so many turning up for the event, including Rafal and the boys from the South of Ireland and individuals are to be congratulated for making their own decisions about whether to fly or not.

Results - courtesy of the worthy winner, Mark Piggott:






Hang Gliding













Mark Piggott





Donal Hamilton




Maurice McBride





Billy Reed




Tony Conway





Michael Knight




Dave Tweedie





Michael Knight





Graham McCormick





Ian Cross





 Many thanks to our sponsors of the Ulster Open - we really appreciate your generosity:



Firebird UKAlso known as: Simon Murphy's Flying Circus



UHPC Annual Dinner - 29th March 2013 @ 6:30pm

The craic was mighty at the Annual (Christmas!) Dinner at the Dunsilly Hotel, Antrim, which was faultlessly organised by Gary McKie who seems to have secured the job for next time and was rewarded with a bottle of appropriate medicine along with the appreciation of everyone for his efforts.

It was good to see the ladies well represented, with newly qualified Club Pilot Alastair McMaster's wife Eveleen along to keep an eye on him!


It was also good to see Alan and Katya de Tourtoulon who had made the pilgrimage from Dublin to spend the evening with us. Alan managed to sneak a couple of hours' sub-zero airtime at Shane's Hill the following day as reward.

 Club Chairman Ian Cross paid tribute to Davy Smyth, one of our most enthusiastic members who recently passed away.


Club trophies were awarded to deserving recipients Tony Conway and Michael Knight, with Best Newcomer Gavin Rabbett unable to be present to collect his.


As the bar was closing, the last few stragglers adjourned to the foyer for a final chinwag before drifting off home.