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Ratho Repack 2020

The 2020 Ratho Repack will be held on Saturday the 8th of February. This is your opportunity to check and repack your paragliding or hang-gliding emergency reserve with expert support. Richard Bungay & Patrick Holmes of UK Airsports, both BHPA licensed parachute packers, will be on hand to demonstrate reserve repacking and provide assistance. There will also be a handful of Scottish trainee repackers there to help those who need it.

Additionally Steve and Jan from Sick & Wrong will be in attendance. They will be offering free porosity checks and gear sales. You can contact them in advance to ask them to bring particular items that you may wish to purchase. The same applies to Richard & Patrick from UK Airsports.

The SHPF AGM will also be held as part of the same event.

Ratho zip line

Costs and Payment

Description SHPF Members Non-members
Repack Event £15 £20

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 Adrian 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, whether you are a HG or PG pilot, 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

The event will run from 09:30 until 18:00.

09:00 Doors Open - Upstairs Room & EPS Deployment & Repacking
09:45-10:30 Reserve Deployment and Repack workshop (Richard Bungay and Al Bowman)
13:00-13:45 Reserve Deployment and Repack workshop (Richard Bungay and Al Bowman)
16:00-17:00 SHPF AGM and Prizegiving
17:00-17:45 Evening Speaker - a screening of Benjamin Jordan's epic XC adventure film - The Endless Chain.

18:00 EICA Closes

General Information

Harness hang points will also be available for your use.

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


The SHPF have run the ‘Ratho Repack’ event at the EICA, Ratho, Edinburgh, since 2005. Until 2016, Hang Glider and Paraglider pilots could dynamically deploy their reserve parachutes on the world class zip line before repacking them in one of the large function rooms within the complex.

Development of the climbing facilities at the EICA means that we can no longer set up the zip line there. We are seeking an alternative venue that can accommodate a zip line. If you have any suggestions please contact the committee by email at: committee AT shpf.co.uk.

Deployment videos from 2014, 2015 and 2016 are available online.

Repack FAQ

Will someone repack my reserve parachute for me?

No, the idea is for pilots to learn how to 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 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 and paramotor 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.

Does the SHPF make a profit on the event?

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

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