The Scottish Hang-gliding + Paragliding Federation

Consisting of all the BHPA affiliated clubs in Scotland.

SHPF Ratho Repack - 7th February 2015

The annual World class SHPF Ratho Repack will be held at the EICA near Edinburgh on Saturday 7th February 2015.
Please note that this event is heavily subsidised by the SHPF .
This is your opportunity to dynamically deploy your paragliding or hang-gliding emergency reserve. Repack it with support from experienced reserve repacking experts, (often more than once) attend various workshops during the day and also to attend the SHPF AGM and finally to have an interesting talk from Trias Gkikopoulos


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For more details please see Ratho Repack 2015

SHPF - Photo Competition 2014

The SHPF are happy to be running the photo competition again and the prizes total £100 - £50 from the SHPF and this is kindly being matched by
Therefore for 1st - £50, £30 for 2nd and £20 for 3rd

Please submit your Photos asap

The photos (maximum 2) - ideally full resolution - with your name, and a brief description should be e-mailed to

The scoring (online or at the Repack) will be 3 points for 1st, 2 for 2nd choice and 1 for 3rd choices. The results will be announced at the AGM

For more details please see Photo Competition

Emergency Parachute Systems - one day course 18th October 2014

This was sucessfully held in the Raeburn Suite at the EICA, Ratho

By the end of the course, the 27 participants improved their knowledge of the function and use of emergency parachutes.

This one day course was designed to go beyond the Ratho Re-pack but not into the high level detail or requirements of the BHPA EPPS Course.
Participants learned more about emergency systems rather than just their own equipment, increased their confidence in making judgements and have a balanced view of their own ability to advise and assist others at Club level.

This course did not qualify participants for the BHPA EPPS qualification however it did provide a good introduction to those who may wish to work towards this through the formal training.

Scottish Nationals Paragliding Series

Highlands - 13th/14th September 2014.

A fun and enjoyable round was hosted /run by Iain Robertson and Mike Dearman of the Highland Paragliding Club though sadly it was sparsely attended.
Both days were open distance tasks (Creag Meagiadh and Slochd) with Mike Jardine being the winner on both days. This brought him upto 3rd within the Nationals leader board whilst Sean Figgitt remained the leader and winner for the year and with Gordon Smyth in second place.

LLSC / Tinto BBQ - 30/31st August 2014

The weather was quite good over the weekend and on the Saturday there was the LLSC Tinto BBQ and on the Sunday an Open Distance task was set from Dungavel - for more details please see the Scottish Nationals

The winner was Sean Figgitt and he is now competition leader closely followed by Gordon Smyth who was previously leading and then Alastair Tytler.

Przemek has kindly created a Google Earth file here - which you should be able to download and use to see all the tracks from the Sunday.

Wingbeat / Borders - 23rd/24th August 2014 - A success

Jamie Glendinning, Tommy Bryson and all at Wingbeat ran a successful competition with tasks on both days plus bbq etc based at Cacra.

More details including excellent write ups for both days plus some links are available via the usual Scottish Nationals page and the Results spreadsheet.


The weekend 19th / 20th April saw the commencement of this entry level paragliding comeptition with the AHPC hosting a round in Deeside at the same time as their Club Spring competition the McRonald Trophy which is for both paragliders and hang gliders.

The task set on Sunday 20/04/14 - Open distance from Morrone via Tomintoul (24km) with a couple of fun turnpoints consisting of Braemar Castle and Mar Lodge. Window open between 1pm and 3pm. Land by 6pm and report by 7pm. 11 pilots present and the winner of the day was Gordon Smyth

So to summarise the year so far! - The current leader of the competition (after only 1 round) is Gordon Smyth followed by Khaled Nassar and Scott Mather - more details are available via the usual webpage at and above left.
Bob Veitch
Scottish Nationals Co-ordinator.

A very nice Scottish Hang-gliding video from Ben Lawers.

On the 1st February 2014 at EICA, Ratho, the SHPF ran their annual Reserve Repacking event

Stuart Yarrow has created this video edit of all the deployments

Ratho Repack 2014 - Deployments from Stu Yarrow on Vimeo.

Stuart has also created these pages - The first links to that time in the above video by name and then just for the malfunctioning deployments

Next Repack most likely 07/02/2015 - put it into your diary now.


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This page links to the 2 schools in Scotland - Cloudbusters Paragliding and Flying Fever Paragliding


The clubs page conatins links to the BHPA / SHPF affiliated clubs within Scotland

If you as a representative of the club would like a Picture Link as well or whatever - then just contact me.