Patron: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
It's competitions time... August and September see the BPA Nationals taking place in many disciplines - Accuracy, Formation Skydiving 4-way and 8-way, Artistics, Speed, Canopy Piloting, Canopy Formation, Speed 8 and Vertical Formation Skydiving 4-way. Check out our Nationals page for the dates, venues, rules and how to register as a competitor / competition team with the host drop zone. Enjoy a great time at the Nationals!
The BPA Disciplinary Procedure has been updated in line with best current practice, which included taking independent external advice. Complaint(s) of a disciplinary nature received after Monday 3 July 2017 will be dealt with in accordance with the procedures set out in the updated BPA Form 256 (issue 5, July 2017). All disciplinary complaints and cases received or started before that date will follow the procedure that was in place at the relevant time. Form 256 is downloadable from the BPA website (via the ‘Search Forms’ box) together with Form 256a, Disciplinary Procedure chart (issue 1, July 2017).
There are inspiring examples of fantastic service within our sport. And we believe it’s time for them to be recognised. That’s why we’re asking A licence holders and above to tell us about great service you've received from another BPA member... to tell us if you've spotted a BPA Star ! The closing date for receipt of completed nomination form (download BPA Form 296 using the Search Forms box) is Wednesday 1 November 2017 - so it's time to get star-spotting!
Romero Sports & Leisure and XL Catlin, BPA's insurance partners, are sponsoring the BPA Safety Innovation Award for Sport Parachuting 2017. 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 XL Catlin as part of their risk management activities in our sport. More on our Safety Innovation Award page.
We're proud that the UK hosts the biggest Wingsuit Nationals in World - BPA National Championships in Wingsuit Performance and Acrobatics, from Friday 26 May to Monday 29 May at Skydive Netheravon
To full BPA Members who have not yet renewed for the new membership year from 1 April 2017 - members who are eligible may renew online. If you have ratings (that need to be signed off), live outside the UK/Channel Islands/BFPO, or are otherwise not eligible to renew online, a renewal form was included in your Feb issue of the Mag, or can be downloaded (enter 101 in the forms search box). You can fax or post your completed form to us.
There's a great season of BPA competitions this year including UKSL & Grand Prix and the BPA British Open Nationals. For dates and venues visit our UKSL & Grand Prix and Nationals pages. And keep up-to-date with the latest BPA competitions news on Facebook.
Are you a young BPA Member aged between 16 - 21 years (or 24 years for the follow-on bursary)? Do you hold at least a basic sport parachuting qualification? Do you wish to advance your sport parachuting qualifications but lack the funds? Would a bursary help you to realise your air sport ambitions? Closing date for applications: 31 March 2017 - see royalaeroclubtrust.org/bursaries CIs of BPA Affiliated PTOs can countersign valid applications they support.
Calling full BPA Members who are eligible to renew online. Online renewal is now available for the BPA membership year, from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 inclusive. If you plan to jump on or after 1 April, you need to renew. If you have ratings (that need to be signed off), live outside the UK/Channel Islands/BFPO, or are otherwise not eligible to renew online, a renewal form was included in your Feb issue of the Mag, or can be downloaded (enter 101 in the forms search box). You can fax or post your completed form to us.
BPA HQ in Leicester officially re-opened on 21 February after a complete refurb - though we never closed! Pictured (l to r) are Martin Soulsby (Chair), with ribbon-cutters Dilys Price OBE, the world's oldest female skydiver, and 16-year-old Matthew Stevens, our youngest full member at the nominal completion date of the refurbishment last December. The re-opening was a great gathering of the clans, including founder member Bernard Green; and long-time NCSO, and current member of the Vice Presidential team John Hitchen, who was presented with the BPA Jim Crocker Sword Award for his outstanding contribution to sport parachuting.
Updated 17 May 2012