Patron: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
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.
The Competitions Committee are pleased to announce that the Indoor Skydiving selection process has now been aligned with other BPA Selection Processes - and we are now using the Bodyflight World Challenge 2016 as the selection event (so far as possible) for the World Indoor Skydiving Championship in 2017 wisc2017.com. We hope this will: provide clarity to funded Competitors they are training towards the WISC - not an alternate selection event; minimise confusion (by not having two different processes!); and reduce pressure on the Office Staff :) click on red 'more' box to continue
We appreciate this may impact your training plans for the Bodyflight World Challenge 2017, and acknowledge this will probably come as a surprise to some Competitors. Should you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact: jason<at>bpa.org.uk; brianv<at>bpa.org.uk or the BPA Office.
Hypnotist Grant Saunders (pictured), plus skydiving band 'Grounded' and our DJ, will provide your BPA Skydive the Expo night entertainment on Saturday 28 January 2017 at EMCC Nottingham NG7 2RJ. Pre-register now (free of chharge) on the Expo website to be in with a chance at the Grand Prize Draw at 17:00 on the day (terms & conditions apply). Whether you're coming to the sold-out BPA Gala Dinner or not, BPA members and their guests are welcome to attend the free-of-charge evening entertainment from about 22:00 at the UK's biggest and bestest skydiving party of the year.
Make a diary date for Saturday 28 January 2017 - BPA Skydive the Expo 2017 at East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham NG7 2RJ. Pre-register now, free of charge, on the Expo website for a chance in the Grand Prize Draw on the day (terms & conditions apply). It's all happening that day - presentations, awards, seminars, an exhibition of skydiving kit and services, an optional gala dinner all leading up to the biggest party night of the year with live - you could say hypnoitic - entertainment! To top it all, you'll be in the company of the bestest mates ever, our fantastic skydiving community. See you there!
19 nominations have been received for the 10 BPA Elected Council Member seats 2017, triggering an election. Voting from Mon 19 Dec to noon on Thurs 12 Jan - results that afternoon. Voting will be electronic except for members who have opted out of e-comms. The nominees, in alphabetical order, are: Paul Applegate; Mark Bayada; Gordon Blamire; Adrian Bond; Kate Charters; Brian Cumming; Linley Ewing; Danny French; Tash Higman; Jason Kelleher; Justinas Kubilinskas; Ian Marshall; Yassi Molazadeh; Andrew Pointer; Craig Poxon; Ian Rosenvinge; Martin Soulsby; Brian Vacher; and Georgie Vacher.
Tickets for the BPA Gala Dinner at EMCC Nottingham on Saturday 28 January 2017 - the day of the BPA AGM and BPA Skydive the Expo 2017 - are now on sale, price £29.95 each, from the BPA Office. Please download Form 239 using the Forms search box on this page for the menu and ticket order form. Seating will be in rounds of 10, tables may be reserved if booking 10 tickets at the same time. If the vegetarian option (V) is required, it must be requested on booking. Also, please advise on booking of any special dietary requirements. There will be live entertainment and a DJ.
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 Tuesday 1 November 2016... so this is your last chance this year to get star-spotting!
Updated 17 May 2012