Royal Aero Club Trust Bursary Winners 2016

27 April 2016

Royal Aero Club Trust Bursary Winners 2016

Congratulations to those of our BPA members who have been awarded The Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom Trust ‘Flying for Youth’ Bursaries to help them to achieve their goals in sport parachuting. Well done to you all. 2016 sees the largest number RAeCT of bursaries ever awarded – 50. And half of them have gone to Parachuting! Click on the red ‘more’ button for a list of BPA members who are bursary awardees.

Cara Felicity Pritchard (President's Scholar)

Lucy Austins (Peter Cruddas Foundation Scholarship)

Lucas Bishop - Army Parachute Association

Emma Reynolds - Skydive Headcorn

Alabama Shanker - Army Parachute Association

Orla Donnelly - Skydive Wild Geese

Morgan Holland, UK Parachuting - Sibson

Henry Simmons - Peterlee Parachute Club

Peiying Lauren Jiang - Headcorn

Emily Thornton – SkydiveBuzz. Dunkeswell

Laura Sidhom - Skydive Northwest

Kieran Hogan - Peterlee

Lucy Marriott - Skydive Langar

Will Howes - Headcorn

Shelby Collins – SkydiveBuzz, Dunkeswell

Joanna Fitch - Skydive Northwest

Jordan Dickinson - Skydive Northwest

Ellie Marshall - Skydive Langar

Jon Hancox – SkydiveBuzz, Dunkeswell

Levi Hamill - Skydive Wild Geese

Sam Carter - UK Parachuting

Edward Cracknell - Skydive Langar

Kel Spittle - Skydive Langar

Dan Guest – Skydive Buzz, Dunkeswell

Eve Mason - Skydive Langar.

BPA membership renewal 2016-7

8 April 2016

BPA membership renewal 2016-7

Calling full BPA Members who are eligible to renew online. Online renewal is now available for the new BPA membership year, from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 inclusive. If you plan to jump on or after 1 April, you need to renew. The subscription rate is 2.9% down on last year. 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 Tracking Manual published

8 April 2016

BPA Tracking Manual published

New from BPA is the Tracking Manual for coaches. Available for download from the traning manuals page of the BPA website, the Tracking Coaching Manual is designed to teach skydivers the art of tracking in a multitude of axes. It covers the training requirements to obtain each of BPA's tracking grades and promote 'in-air' safety in preparation for jumping with others. Tracking grades TR1, TR2 and TR3 require successful completion of the standards set out in the BPA Operations Manual Section 2, Para 6.10 Tracking [TR]. 

Have you spotted a BPA Star?

31 March 2016

Have you spotted a BPA Star?

We know there are many examples of fantastic service within our sport. And we believe it’s time for them to be recognised. That’s why we’re inviting BPA 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 !

Full details of how to make a nomination are on our BPA Star page.

BPA Safety Innovation Award 2016

1 March 2016

BPA Safety Innovation Award 2016

Romero Sports & Leisure and Liberty Mutual, BPA's insurance partners, are sponsoring the BPA Safety Innovation Award for Sport Parachuting 2016. 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.

Full BPA Members: Online renewal starts on Tuesday 1 March

25 February 2016

Full BPA Members:  Online renewal starts on Tuesday 1 March

Calling full BPA Members who are eligible to renew online. Online renewal for the new BPA membership year, from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 inclusive, starts on Tuesday 1 March. If you plan to jump on or after 1 April, you need to renew. The subscription rate is 2.9% down on last year. 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 media partner - invitation to tender

10 February 2016

BPA media partner - invitation to tender

BPA's communications strategy is to channel excitement, information, education and the esprit de corps of our fantastic sport among and between our members, and to spread the word to the wider public. To inspire and grow the skydiving community. To help us do this, BPA seeks a media partner to take our communications strategy forward to its next phase. Click on red 'more' button below to continue...

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The contract involves producing content for BPA digital and print channels, as well as invigorating and energising BPA communications with new ideas to keep us in the vanguard. With our knowledge of skydiving coupled with the expertise of a media partner, the sky’s the limit!

It is envisaged (at the discretion of the BPA) that this contract will run for three years from autumn 2016 inclusive of a satisfactory probationary period (subject to performance) and will thereafter be reviewed annually and considered for renewal triennially as appropriate.

Expressions of interest in tendering are now invited for the contract as BPA Media Partner to edit (through the good offices of our specialist Editor, who will be contracted to our media partner) and manage the production and distribution of six issues per year of our members’ magazine, BPA Skydive the Mag (6000 copies per issue) and its associated website, hosted with the BPA website. This will also include the BPA’s Starter Mag (in print and digital) for first-time jumpers, skydiving calendar (annually), and the coordination and publication of real-time up-to-date skydiving news content for BPA websites and social media, together with PR activity to ensure the profile of the sport is best communicated and maximise exposure. The contract also includes communications support for the UK’s leading skydiving exhibition and conference, BPA Skydive the Expo, held concurrently with our AGM and Gala Dinner. In addition, by mutual agreement, the contract may be extended to cover sundry other publications, apps, etc, that BPA may from time to time require at such additional fees as may be negotiated.

The contract covers the full range of production from inception, through commissioning and editorial across the full range of content including news, safety, information and educational articles for dissemination through appropriate BPA media channels (including BPA Skydive the Mag, 84-96 pages in full colour, including printing and distribution). The successful contractor will be required to work towards continuing reduction of the annual cost to members of the Magazine each year by exploitation of non-member subscription sales and advertising sales both in the Magazine and on its associated website; and to identify to the BPA other commercial opportunities for the Magazine including online. The intellectual property of the Magazine, its content and and associated websites will remain with British Parachute Association Ltd.

The tender specification

The tender specification will be available, to those who express an interest, from early in the week beginning Monday 15 February 2016.

The BPA tender team

The BPA Tender team comprises:

Adrian Bond - Chair, BPA Communications Committee

Martin Shuttleworth - BPA Secretary-General

The process

Should you have any questions or points for clarification arising from the tender specifcation (see above), please send them to BPA by e-mail during the week of Monday 22 February to Friday 26 February 2016, to tender[at]bpa.org.uk We shall reply as soon as possible and will aim to answer all questions by Tuesday 1 March 2016. If we do not believe that a written response would satisfactorily answer your question/s, then we will ask that you initiate a conference call at a time convenient to all parties. So that we have sufficient resource to cover all questions that may be submitted, any such calls are not expected to last more than about thirty minutes.

Please lodge your written tender in response to the specification with the BPA Office by no later than 17:00 on Friday 11 March 2016 by electronic copy (pdf preferred) to tender[at]bpa.org.uk Should you also wish to submit the tender in hard copy (which is not mandatory), please supply three hard copies to arrive at the BPA Office by Wednesday 16 March 2016.

Shortlisted candidates will be notified before 31 March 2016. An oral presentation upon the key areas of the tender will be required at the April meeting of the BPA Communications Committee held in Leicester, which expected to be on Tuesday 19 April 2016.

A recommendation will be made by the Communications Committee to BPA Council and communicated to all participants subsequent to the BPA Council meeting that will be held before the end of June 2016.

In the event of a change from the present contractor, implementation discussions/ arrangements will take place during the remainder of the year and will include the following areas:

• BPA staff and committees teams

• Transfer of data and intellectual property (where required)

NB: BPA is not bound to select from any of the participants to this tender process, and there is no presumption that the business will be awarded to the lowest bidder.

Video of BPA AGM & Presentation Ceremony

3 February 2016

Video of BPA AGM & Presentation Ceremony

In case you weren't able to be with us for the BPA AGM and Awards Presentation Ceremony on Saturday 30 January at EMCC Nottingham - or even if you were, and just want to see it again - it's available on the BPA Skydive the Mag YouTube Channel.  As are videos of the seminars, too!

Thank you for your support of the BPA AGM & BPA Skydive the Expo 2016

31 January 2016

Thank you for your support of the BPA AGM & BPA Skydive the Expo 2016

Thank you to all BPA members and guests who made the AGM and Expo weekend at the end of January such a great event. Thank you to all the speakers, award winners, exhibitors, organisers, sponsors, commercial partners, suppliers and the hard-working team at our super venue, the East Midlands Conference Centre and the Orchard Hotel in Nottingham. Thank you to everyone involved in planning and delivering what we reckon must probably be the biggest ever get-together in the UK of skydivers and those associated with our fantastic sport.

BPA Annual Report 2015

30 January 2016

BPA Annual Report 2015

The BPA Annual Report 2015 was approved at the AGM at East Midlands Conference Centre, University Park, Nottingham on Saturday 30 January 2016. The special resolution to change the Articles of Association in line with the principles of good governance was carried.  Video: BPA Review of the Skydiving Year 2015

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