The SHPF have been holding a ‘Ratho Repack’ event at the EICA, Ratho, Edinburgh, since 2005. Hang Glider and Paraglider pilots dynamically deploy their reserve parachutes on the world class zip line before repacking them in one of the spacious rooms within the complex.
The Ratho Repack is normally held on a Saturday during the last week of January or the first week in February. The 2016 event is provisionally planned for 30 January 2016 and more details will be published nearer the time; in the meantime, please take a look at the FAQs below.
Deployment videos from 2014 and 2015 are available online.
No, the idea is for pilots to deploy their reserve parachute and then repack it themselves.Pilots who have never repacked a reserve before, or are not very experienced, should approach an experienced repacker for assistance.
If you have an unusual reserve it may be that no one present at the repack event has the knowledge or experience to repack it. Pilots who are not comfortable repacking their own reserve should check that someone is available to assist them before deploying their reserve. If no one is available consider sending the reserve to a licensed repacker.
Some reserves cannot be packed without special equipment. Pilots should read their reserve parachute manual and bring along any special equipment required to repack their reserve.
For the reserve deployment you will need your harness and reserve parachute, flying helmet and gloves. You should also bring warm clothing, it can get very cold in the climbing arena. For the reserve repack you should bring the Owners Manual for your reserve parachute. No. 8 and No. 12 rubber bands, which are the most commonly used, will be available free of charge at the event. If you need other sizes of rubber bands then please bring your own.
No, the event is open to all hang glider and paraglider pilots.
If you are a member of an SHPF affiliated club you automatically become a member of the SHPF. If you are not in one of the listed clubs then you are not a member of the SHPF.
Yes, there is a café with views into the climbing arena. You can relax in the café and watch parachute deployments in the climbing arena.
The start of the zip line is about 30m above the arena floor and the line is approximately 58m long.
No, the event is heavily subsidised by the SHPF with support from SportScotland.