Patron: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
It is with great sadness that BPA has learned of the death of Jim Crocker. A towering figure in our sport, he was the longest-serving Chair of BPA Council, from 1983-90, after which he became our longest-serving Vice President. He was also a Vice President of the Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom, and Chairman of Trustees of the Royal Aero Club Trust, a registered charity whose flying for youth bursaries have enabled many younger BPA members to progress in our sport. A Midlands-based lawyer by profession, specialising in criminal cases, Jim’s natural style was competitive and combative, and he never failed to make an impression.
The force of his personality, drive and determination was a huge influence in the BPA and he kept his ever-watchful eye on developments in the sport. Jim was clubbable, gregarious and generous in his praise, but never held back when he believed something was amiss. He fought his final battle with ill-health in his typical, determined style, uniting all who knew him in admiration of his fortitude.
BPA Skydive the Expo - Sat 26 Jan at EMCC Nottingham NG7 2RJ - has an app! Plan your day, keep up-to-date with the latest news of the event, through the app. All you need to to is download the Events XD app from your app store, install it on your device, open then search for 'skydive', Select Skydive the Expo then off you go! Not only does it have all the info you need, such as seminar details, floor plans and exhibitor listings, but it also lets you easily download the papers for the BPA AGM 2019 that starts at 10:30.
Congratulations to our BPA Stars 2018, who shine in going that extra mile to help and support A licence holders to develop their skills and confidence in our sport. Congratulations to Phil Curtis (Langar), Fleur Jones (Headcorn) and Lucy Westgarth (various DZs).
BPA HQ is closed for the Christmas & New Year holiday from noon on Friday 21 December, re-opening on Wednesday 2 January.
Rob Colpus is an icon in the world of sport parachuting who has made us so proud both on the national and international stage in an abundance of competitions and records. Over the years, he wrote a lot of the rules for Formation Skydiving competitions and designed many of the dives that remain in use today. His contribution to our sport, since the 1970s, is magnificent and varied, continuing long after he stepped down as an active competitor. BPA celebrates this, in his retirement year, by the award of the BPA Jim Crocker Trophy in recognition of his Outstanding Contribution to our Sport.
Jamie Arnold is the BPA Taz Causer Experienced Skydiver of the Year 2018. This is for a UK-based skydiver whose achievements during the year deserve special recognition. In 2018, Jamie and team-mate Dan Guest (BPA Experienced Skydiver of the Year 2017) successfully defended the British National Freestyle title of their team, Volocity, for a 3rd successive year. At the 2018 FAI World Championships in Australia, Jamie won Silver in Freestyle as performer, again with Dan Guest as camera flyer. Jamie has pursued his dream, become a great ambassador for our sport, and an inspiration to others.
BPA has a staff vacancy for a new post of Communications Manager. The post is based at BPA's Leicester HQ. See here for the person specification, job description, and how to apply. Application closing date is Thursday 7 February 2019.
At the close of nominations at noon on Tuesday 13 November 2018, three nominations had been received for the three elected seats on BPA Council which become vacant at the AGM 2019. As the seats are uncontested, an election ballot has not been triggered. In alphabetical order, the nominees are: Mark Bayada, Tash Higman and Sam Lee. They are therefore elected unopposed to BPA Council for three years: 2019, 2020 and 2021.
We're excited as we count down to BPA Skydive the Expo 2019 - held on the same day as the BPA AGM, Saturday 26 January at EMCC Nottingham NG7 2RJ. It's the biggest event of the BPA year, a great chance to meet friends old and new from across our fantastic sport and beyond. See the Expo website for more, including news of the free-to-attend exhibition and seminars, and where to find local overnight accommodation. Tickets for the BPA Annual Gala Dinner in the evening are available from BPA HQ price £29.95 each - please download a booking form by entering 'dinner' in the forms search box.
Updated 17 May 2012