RESERVE PARACHUTE REPACK

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.

BHPA COACHING COURSE IN NI

Coaching weekend took place on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21st January 2018 at the Five Corners Inn just outside Ballyclare - near Big Collin site. It was good to see a range of pilots there from experienced old hands, Senior Instructors, relatively new Club Pilots,  to a pilot returning to paragliding after a long time away from the sport.

The Club should soon be appointing the new and renewing Club Coaches who will be available on the hill to help anyone who needs advice or information.

UHPC MAGAZINE BLOG

Alan de Tourtoulon has produced the first of his excellent UHPC magazines in the form of a blog which can be found in the Magazines section of the Members Area on the club website - see link on the left.

NO FLYING ALONE AT DIVIS

We have recently been contacted by the Warden at Divis NT. The good news is that he appears to be supportive of us flying the site provided we adhere to our own rules regarding; notification of flying to the NT Warden and compliance with the Letter of Agreement relating to airspace rules.

 He has however requested that pilots do not fly alone. Divis is a newly reinstated sensitive site and we should respect this request, particularly as the NT warden who is often on the site could easily be notified of any breach.

 From today (Fri 12 May 2017), if you are flying Divis there must be two or more of you or someone on the ground supporting the duration of your flight. This is common sense when flying any site so that there is someone to help in case of accident.

 We appreciate you all complying with this simple rule as we do not want to risk damaging all of the recent gains we have made in securing the site, or worse losing the Divis site.

UHPC 2017 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Tues 7 NOVEMBER

The UHPC 2017 AGM was held in the Dunsilly Hotel on Tuesday the 7th Nov at 7pm.

A new committee was elected. Many of the previous successful committee were happy to continue and we thank them for their work during the past year. A warm welcome to our new Secretary, hang glider pilot Kirsty Mowat. Committee details are on the website 'Contact us' page.

Full draft minutes are in the Members' Area of the UHPC website (follow 'club documents' link). Here are a few of the headlines:-
 
NEW COMMITTEE BLOOD
Kirsty replaces Jim Rainey as club secretary and Dave Tweedie is now officially our Coaching Officer. No change to the rest.
 
CLUB FEES SLASHED
The club fees have been halved and set to just £12 per year for all (yes, that's not a misprint - twelve pounds only). However, the previous concession of free membership for over 70s is removed.
 
UFO WARNING
We were encouraged to keep an eye out for unusual flying machines making use of our sites. These 'hang gliders', as they are known, are increasing in number, tend to be hard to see, moving fast, and need lots of space to land. Give them a wide berth as they approach and overshoot since their manoeuvrability is very limited close to the ground. If we don't scare them and try to be nice, they might turn out to be friendly.
 
UHPC ENDANGERED
Only a quarter of the members need to attend an AGM to make it valid. After a bit of waiting around the AGM this year was held with 16 members in attendance only just making the quorum of 16. Please make a point of supporting your club next year!

If you want to know what the previous committee has been up to during the year, the minutes of committee meetings are in the members' area of the website under the 'club documents' link.

BHPA COACHING COURSE IN NORTHERN IRELAND 20/21 JANUARY 2018 - details to follow.