DHPC Reserve Repack Sun Feb 27, 2022 in Ilkley Grammar School

The DHPC Repack will be held on SUNDAY Feb 27, 2022 from 10:45am to 3:45pm at Ilkley Grammar School, LS29 8TR. It will be in B Hall which is in the Main School building. Access is through the main entrance off Cowpasture Road where there are some parking places. Enter by the front door of the school, then turn immediately right through the Drama Studio and the connecting corridor to 'B' hall.

Note: B Hall is not the Sports Hall (which is at the back of the school)

This is your chance to repack your reserve in time for the 2022 season. Guy Richardson (https://gingernomad.co.uk/), a BHPA licensed packer has kindly agreed to attend to help out. He will also bring some spares and a few new reserves for anyone who may be interested or trading in an older reserve.

Note: As there is uncertainty around possible Covid-19 restrictions there is the possibility where we may have to cancel the event at short notice. Please keep an eye on the DHPC website for any updates.

As a result, it is best if you pay on the day.


Please read below

  • Any person suspected of having Covid or who may be self-isolating for any reason should not attend.
  • Please wear a mask while indoors unless exempt
  • Antibacterial gel will be available at the entrance and participants are encouraged to use it.
  • Refrain from touching your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • Try to maintain 2m separation from others while indoors
  • We will review and adopt any new government / WHO guidance as and when it is published.


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 licensed BHPA packers. This is a great opportunity for you to become more familiar with your equipment, learn how to repack your own reserve and to make sure your reserve system will operate correctly.

When SUNDAY Feb 27, 2022 10:45am until 3:45pm
Where Ilkley Grammar School, Cowpasture Rd, Ilkley LS29 8TR
Contact David May
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Phone 0792 8318219
Address 14 The Crescent, Ilkley LS29 8LX, West Yorkshire
Price £10
Other Info Guy Richardson (https://gingernomad.co.uk/), a licensed BHPA packer, will be with us to help out and provide guidance. However, he is not here to repack your reserve - you will learn to do this yourself. 
Let me know the make/model of reserve(s) you are bringing as it helps 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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