Patron: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
Congratulations to Wez Westley - Gold, Martin Reynolds - Silver, and Daniel Guest - Bronze, photographed at the BPA Canopy Piloting Nationals held at Skydive UK Dunkeswell. There's more excitement to come with the VFS Nationals at Dunkeswell, and the FS 4-way & 8-way, Artistics and Speed Nationals at Skydive Hibaldstow in August. Then in September, the Speed 8 Nationals at UK Parachuting Sibson and the Wingsuit Performance & Wingsuit Artistics Nationals at APA Netheravon. See the Nationals page for dates and links.
Download the official BPA registration form. This is a pdf which can be edited and saved. It should then be emailed to the host centre, Skydive Hibaldstow at dz[at]skydiving.co.uk. Entry rules for each discipline can be found on the Nationals page. Team leaders and members can sign this form on arrival at Skydive Hibaldstow. All signatures will be needed before jumping. The dates for 2015 are: 4-way FS: 22-24 August; 8-way FS, Artistics and Speed: 29-31 August; rollover weekend for 4-way: 29-31 August; rollover weekend for 8-way, Artistics and Speed: 5-7 September. More here.
BPA Council is consulting with BPA Members about possible changes to its composition to help to assure a stronger future for our sport. The initial consultation period is from 10 June 2015 for two months until 10 August, so Council can formulate a plan taking the response to consultation fully into account. BPA Members are invited to ask questions and/or share your opinions. More in our Members’ section at the Governance page.
Romero Sports & Leisure and Liberty Mutual, BPA's insurance partners, are sponsoring a Safety Innovation Award for Sport Parachuting. Entry is open to BPA members, Affiliated PTOs and Registered Display Teams to submit the most innovative measure to help further to improve safety in our sport. The winner will hold the Award Trophy for a year, with a cash prize of five thousand pounds kindly donated by Romero and Liberty as part of their risk management activities in our sport. More on our Safety Innovation Award page.
The 1st FAI Wingsuit Performance World Cup at Skydive Netheravon (25-29 May 2015) was a great competition, brilliantly organised by Jackie Harper and the team at the Army Parachute Association. The results are: 1st Espen Fadnes (NOR), 2nd Spike Harper (GBR), 3rd Marc-André Denault (CAN). For placings of the rest of the British team (pictured), see our Skydiving World Cup page. Spike Harper is also the World Record holder in Speed - 312.8 km/h, and Jackie Harper Female World Record holder in Time 78.4 secs, Distance 4.059 km and Speed 271.5 km/h.
The BPA Communications Strategy (pdf, 6MB) is to inspire and grow the skydiving community. The strategy, which has been developed with the support of BPA's media partners Archant Dialogue, is co-ordinated by the BPA Communications Committee chaired by Adrian Bond. The document showcases our strategy to our stakeholders, other sporting bodies, and potential sponsors. Adrian Bond said "Bringing together our expertise in skydiving with Dialogue's talent for media makes a powerful combination."
The APA are very proud to host the 1st FAI World Cup of Wingsuit Performance Flying at Netheravon from Monday 25 to Friday 29 May 2015. See www.netheravon.com/wswc2015. Programme: Monday 25 May - final practice day and opening ceremony in the evening; Tue, Wed, Thu - Competition days; Friday morning weather window with the closing ceremony etc in the evening. Please can spectators let Netheravon know to expect them - see the event's facebook page for details.
We're set for a great season of BPA competitions this year including UKSL & Grand Prix and the BPA British Open Nationals. For dates, venues, rules and entry forms, visit our UKSL & Grand Prix and Nationals pages. And keep up-to-date with the latest BPA competitions news on facebook.
Updated 17 May 2012