The Scottish Hang-gliding + Paragliding Federation
Consisting of all the BHPA affiliated clubs in Scotland.
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, participants improved their knowledge of the function and use of emergency parachutes.
This one day course was designed to go beyond the supervised Club 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, increase 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.
Participants brought their own equipment, harness, reserve but not main Wing and manual for harness and reserve. Though course organisers had a library of manuals but not guaranteed that all types are held, particularly new or novel types.
The agenda was
- 09:00 Arrival and Registration
- 09:15 Start – Introductions – Course Plan - in the Raeburn Suite at the EICA Ratho.
- 09:30 – 09:45 Parachute Terminology and Component Nomenclature
- 09:45 – 10:30 Types of Parachutes and how they work.
- 10:30 – 11:00 Harnesses and systems.
- 11:00 – 12:00 Basics of Packing
- 12:00 – 13:00 Working Lunch
- 13:00 – 14:00 Packing examples for types.
- 14:00 – 16:30 Packing practice.
- 16:30 Summary of Course.
Scottish Nationals Paragliding Series
- 2014 Winner - Sean Figgitt - 2700 points
- 2nd - Gordon Smyth - 2500 points
- 3rd - Mike Jardine - 2360 points
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. Thankyou.
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 http://shpf.co.uk/scotparanationals.php 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
Next Repack most likely 07/02/2015 - put it into your diary now.
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If you as a representative of the club would like a Picture Link as well or whatever - then just contact me.