Patron: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
Calling full BPA Members who are eligible to renew online. Online renewal for the new BPA membership year, from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 inclusive, starts on Wednesday 1 March. If you plan to jump on or after 1 April, you need to renew. This year's subscription costs less than 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 from the end of Feb from the BPA website. You can fax or post your completed form to us.
Truth be told, we never closed! But as the days get longer and we look forward to spring, BPA HQ in Leicester LE2 9TF has its official re-opening ceremony at 11:30 for noon on Tuesday 21 February. The event is expected to last for an hour or so and the media has been invited. Members are welcome to attend providing you let us know in good time, so we don't run out of twiglets! Parking will be at a pay-and-display car park in nearby Blaby with a minibus shuttle to BPA HQ. We'll provide joining instructions to those who are on our list of expected members and guests. For members who visited before the refurb, you won't recognise the old place!
Thank you to all members, guests, sponsors, speakers, supporters, entertainers, organisers and venue De Vere's planning and delivery teams that made BPA Skydive the Expo 2017 at EMCC Nottingham such a success on Sat 28 Jan. Special thanks to Marie Reynolds and her team at Eventpro UK in Loughborough who took care of logistics. Feedback is that it was the bigest and best BPA Expo yet. Videos of seminars will be going online in due course, please keep an eye on BPA social media. We hope you had a great time meeting friends and living life through our incredible sport. Next year we do it all again at EMCC on Sat 27 Jan 2018.
We've gone paperless - we're saving trees! The BPA Review of the Year 2016 is online, ahead of the BPA AGM and BPA Skydive the Expo 2017 on Saturday 28 January at EMCC Nottingham NG7 2RJ. We look forward to welcoming members to sunny (well, we can but hope!) Nottingham for the event that's guaranteed to bust the January blues.
Countdown to BPA Skydive the Expo 2017 on Sat 28 Jan at EMCC Nottingham NG7 2RJ. Seminars inclue Steffen Frost's Namibian skydiving adventure in the Theatre from 16:00 to 16:50. And we sure you'll want to stay for the Expo Grand Prize Draw at 17:00 with our very own Master of Ceremonies, Communications Chair Adrian Bond. To be automatically eligible for a chance to win in the prize draw, you need to pre-register your free-of-charge Expo attendance by no later than 17:00 on Friday. Pre-register here. You need to be at the draw in person (with ID) to claim if you win.
Results of the election of 10 Elected Council Members 2017. Turnout was 24.8%, with 99% of votes cast online. Thank you to all candidates for standing. Thank you to all those members who voted. We are most grateful also to Mi-Voice, our election scrutineers. Two independent non-executive directors have been nominated for appointment by the AGM on Saturday 28 January 2017. The 12 members of Council 2017 - BPA's Board of Directors - will meet after the AGM to elect officers (Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Committee Chairs, etc).
Welcome to Rise Up - a BPA Mentoring and Skills-sharing network developed by Yassi Molazadeh of the BPA Development Committee. Through the BPA, Yassi has created a structured skills-sharing and support network. Don’t be mistaken; this is not a mentoring program just for 'baby skydivers'. Rise Up offers advice and assistance on a wide range of topics such as progression, competition, sponsorship, grievance, finance, safety and careers. Find out more about Rise Up - and sign up - here! Visit our Rise Up page to download the mentoring guidelines and training pack.
We've never seen such a fantastic array of FAI World and European Record Certificates as those for Jackie and Spike Harper in Wigsuiting - 5 World & 5 European Records for Jackie, and 2 World & 2 European Records for Spike. They cover Speed, Time and Distance. All achieved by their performances here in the UK, at the FAI Wingsuit Performance Flying World Cup in May 2015 and the BPA British Open Nationals in Wingsuit Flying in September 2015, both held at APA Skydive Netheravon. For details, see the BPA Records page entries for those dates. Congratulations Jackie and Spike!
Voting is open until noon on Thurs 12 Jan for the election of BPA Council. Full (voting) members will receive an e-ballot message with their unique voting code for the online voting website of independent election company Mi-Voice. Please check your spam if not received. Candidate statements - these are without personal contact details supplied to voting members. Members who have opted out of e-communication will receive a postal ballot pack which should arrive before the end of the year. Results due pm on Thursday 12 January ahead of the AGM at EMCC Nottingham at 10:30 on Sat 28 Jan.
Allan Hewitt (pictured) and British Parachute Association (BPA) Ltd are pleased to announce that they have reached agreement on a longstanding grievance against BPA that Allan Hewitt has been pursuing for some three years. They would like to thank Sport Resolutions for their help in reaching this agreement. The BPA acknowledge, with regret, the long and tortuous process Allan Hewitt faced when seeking to reinstate his BPA Advanced Rigger rating. If you are reading this on the BPA front page, please click on the red 'more' button to see the rest of the joint statement...
As a result of this, BPA will review the terms of reference of its Riggers’ Subcommittee to clearly state the rules of eligibility to vote and the required quorum, so it cannot be misunderstood; also to emphasise that decisions cannot be carried if the meeting does not have the necessary quorum, and to clearly define the meaning of a ‘declaration of interest’.
Allan is a former Chair of the BPA Riggers’ Subcommittee and a major contributor to the development of rigging in sport parachuting. Allan first qualified as a BPA rigger in 1989 and later qualified as a BPA Rigger Examiner and during his time with the BPA his conduct has been exemplary. Allan has demonstrated a professional manner throughout his career and his reputation as a rigger is unblemished.
Tony Butler, BPA Chief Operating Officer, said “BPA has learned lessons from this, and will alter its procedures to assure members with a grievance are provided with an appropriate environment away from busy committee meetings. Members with a grievance will be given sufficient time to be properly heard. The member’s grievance will be considered by a panel including those not on the BPA committee or body with which the member has the grievance. The member with the grievance will be treated with respect throughout the process.”
Allan Hewitt said “I have been a strong supporter of the BPA for many years and spent many hundreds of hours working on BPA projects. My goal was always to improve the knowledge of riggers and skydivers about equipment safety. However, when the system fails to work I believe it’s the responsibility of BPA members to change the system to maintain some common sense. This is the reason I pursued a complaint against the BPA at great expense to myself. The rules and regulations should be followed by everyone including BPA committee members and employees. If a rule or regulation does not make sense then BPA members should always have a right to present changes to improve the system for and on behalf of other BPA members. I would like to see this clearly stated within the BPA system.”
BPA looks forward to welcoming Allan home to BPA so he may continue and develop his career as a Rigger Examiner in the UK.
Updated 17 May 2012