DHPC Reserve Repack Sat Feb 9, 2019.

Sat Feb 9, 2019 from 11am to 3pm at St Marys School, Bradford Road, Menston, Ilkley, LS29 6AE. 

This is your chance to repack your reserve in time for the 2019 season. Bill Morris, a BHPA licensed packer will be with us again this year.


All welcome

Everyone is welcome: paragliders, paramoters, speedwings, hang gliders ...


Repack your reserve ...

The club is organising a repack where you come along with your harness and reserve and repack it under the supervision of Bill Morris from the BHPA. This is a great opportunity for you to become more familiar with your equipment and to make sure your reserve system will operate correctly.

When Sat Feb 9, 2019 11am until 3pm

St Marys School, Bradford Road, Menston, Ilkley, LS29 6AE

Contact David May
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Phone 0792 8318219
Address 14 The Crescent, Ilkley LS29 8LX, West Yorkshire
Price £10 for DHPC members
£15 for non DHPC members

Advanced booking preferable and you can pay either by a Bank to Bank transfer or by cheque.

  • Bank to Bank Transfer: this is my preference as it means less work for everyone involved. To facilitate this Marek has created a very nice web tool that provides the bank details and reference to use - see http://webapps.dhpc.org.uk/payment-info/new
  • Cheque:  please send a cheque made out to DHPC to my (David May) address above.
Other Info Bill Morris, a licensed BHPA packer, will be with us. He will give a short introduction on what to do at the start so please do not be late
Let me know the make/model of reserve(s) you are bringing as it helps Bill to have a list of what to expect and if there are any reserves that will require a little extra attention
Bring your harness with the reserve attached. This will allow you to practice pulling it and also to have it replaced in the harness after being repacked.


What is a repack session and what should I bring?

The annual reserve repack is an opportunity for you to repack your own reserve and fit it back into your harness with a licensed BHPA parachute packer on hand to provide advice and support. To this end you should bring the following:

Why bother repacking?

A properly packed and fitted reserve can open within 30 - 50m of being thrown. Most manufacturers recommend repacking every six months (some as frequently as 90 days). There are several reasons for this:

Or perhaps you’re the type of person who prefers a visual argument. I did a quick search on YouTube for a few clips to show the difference between a slow reserve inflation and a fast inflation. See for yourself …


Slow Inflation


At about 0:15 seconds the reserve is thrown but it is slow to inflate. This then leads to complications with the reserve twisting up with the main canopy – the pilot was lucky the wing re-inflated by itself in the end.

see also: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yByGAiMd4EM


Fast Inflation


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=co_PQAtBd1Q   (around 30 seconds in)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLlFJ8_Oq28 (around 25 seconds in)


There are a number of reserve throws in this video and all of them inflate significantly faster than in the first video.


When your reserve falls out…

Can you refit your  reserve when it accidentally falls out, after a quick drag over Wether Fell? It really is simple once you know how. If you cannot refit it safely then at best you could lose a day’s flying and at worst…


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