Patron: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
Are you a 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 ambitions in sport parachuting? Then you may be eligible to apply for a Bursary from the Royal Aero Club Tust. But hurry - applications close on 31 March 2018. 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 for the new BPA membership year, from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019 inclusive, starts on Thurssday 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.
What a skydiving year 2017 was! You can share it in the BPA Review of the Year 2017 (pdf download). And here's our BPA Review of the Year 2017 video. You can also watch seminar presentations from BPA Skydive the Expo 2018 on the BPA Skydive the Mag YouTube Channel - make sure you subscribe to this channel to catch the videos as we post them.
We have an app! Download it now to see everything that's happening at BPA Skydive the Expo 2018, and get live updates throughout the event (at EMCC Nottingham NG7 2RJ on Saturday 27 January). You'll find all the details of our free seminars, including the who, where and when, so planning your day will be a breeze. It also gives you easy access to all of the paperwork associated with the BPA - British Parachute Association AGM. Just head to your chosen app store, download the free 'Events XD' app, and search for BPA.
BPA's AGM 2018 takes place at East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham NG7 2RJ at 10:30 on Saturday 27 January. See our AGM page for more. It's on the day of BPA Skydive the Expo 2018 and the BPA Annual Gala Dinner (admission to the dinner is by ticket only) followed by free evening entertainment for all members and their guests. It's always a day - and night - to remember as our vibrant skydiving community comes together in the heart of the UK and we welcome our skydiving friends from home and overseas.
BPA Council election results (pdf download, 229 KB). Thank you to all candidates for standing, congratulations to the three candidates who have been elected, and thank you to scrutineers Mi-Voice for conducting the election.
Our BPA Stars 2017 shine in going the extra mile to help and support A licence holders and above to develop their skills and confidence in our sport. Congratulations to Kate Lindsley (Langar), Clem Quinn (Headcorn), David Sawyer (Dunkeswell), and Harry Shanker (Netheravon).
Jackie Smith has won the BPA Jim Crocker Sword for her Outstanding Contribution to Sport Parachuting. The only British inductee to the USA-based Skydiving Hall of Fame, Jackie joined the Parachute Regiment's Freefall Display Team the Red Devils in 1971 (see photo). She won numerous Nationals in Style & Accuracy and also in FS. In 1978, she took World Gold in Female Accuracy, being the first person in the world to score consecutively 10 x 0.00cm on an electronic pad at a World Championships. Jackie continued to compete and win medals and awards for many years after that.
Congratulations to Dan Guest, winner of the BPA Taz Causer Experienced Skydiver of the Year Award 2017. Dan has enjoyed an extremely successful skydiving year in 2017. He won the BPA Nationals in 3 different disciplines - CP, VFS and Freestyle - and also took Bronze at the World Cup in Freestyle. BPA Council has invited Dan to receive his Award at the presentation ceremony following the AGM at EMCC Nottingham NG7 2RJ on Saturday morning, 27 January. (Pic by Rob Lloyd)
BPA HQ will close at noon on Thursday 21 December and re-open after the holiday on Tuesday 2 January. Council and staff wish members compliments of the season.
Updated 17 May 2012