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Ratho Repack 2016

The 2016 Ratho Repack will be held on Saturday the 30th of January. 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) and attend various workshops during the day. Bill Morris, the BHPA's reserve parachute expert, will be on hand to demonstrate reserve repacking and provide assistance.

After the repack, the SHPF AGM will be held, followed by a talk from four-in-a-row XC league winner and Ozone boss Mike Cavanagh.

Ratho zip line

Costs and Payment

Description SHPF Members Non-members
Reserve deployment, repacking , AGM and evening talk £30 £35
Evening talk £5 £5

Please send your registration fee either by:

  • BACS to (Bank of Scotland) SHPF - Sort code 80-02-28 Account Number 00428340. This is the preferred option.
  • Cheque payable to the SHPF and sent to Adrain Smith at 20 Cranford Terrace, Aberdeen, AB10 7NQ.

Once you have sent payment, please could you also then send Adrian an email ([email protected]) detailing your name, club, HG or PG and the type of your reserve parachute and harness.

You can check the status of your booking and payment on this online spreadsheet.

Event Timetable

  • 09:00 EICA, Ratho doors open to public
  • 09:00-16:30 (approx) Zip line deployments and repacking
  • 09:45 Emergency parachute workshop with Bill Morris
  • 12:45 Emergency parachute workshop with Bill Morris
  • 16:45 (approx) SHPF AGM
  • 17:30 (approx) Keynote talk by Mike Cavanagh

Further programme details will be available nearer to the time.

General Information

Don`t forget your helmet and gloves. Please return the zip line pulleys ASAP after your deployment. Remove your karabiners from your harness before you go to the zip line - you will need to clip into karabiners provided by Ratho.

The plan is to video all the deployments and we aim to make this video available as soon after the event as possible - technical issues permitting!

Harness hang points will also be available for your use.

There will be a 20% discount in the cafe for repack attendees.

A social event (evening meal out) will be arranged nearer the time.


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.

Repack FAQ

Will someone repack my reserve parachute for me?

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.

What do I need to bring?

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.

Is the event only open to SHPF members?

No, the event is open to all hang glider and paraglider pilots.

How do I know if I am a member of the SHPF?

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.

Is there a café at Ratho?

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.

How long is the zip line?

The start of the zip line is about 30m above the arena floor and the line is approximately 58m long.

Does the SHPF make a profit on the event?

No, the event is heavily subsidised by the SHPF with support from SportScotland.

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