Patron: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
Congratulations to World Parachuting Championships Mondial 2012 Freestyle Open Bronze medallists Alistair Hodgson and Pixie Macleod-Hodgson who together are Team Airkix Freestyle.
The World Parachuting Championships Mondial 2012 in Dubai is the largest skydiving competition ever held, with over 1,400 competitors in all FAI/IPC skydiving disciplines. Our delegation has the 4th largest number of competitors at 54, taking part in FS, Artistics, Accuracy, CF, CP & Speed. To really get behind our teams you can view live results, keep in touch through the official website and on the BPA Facebook page. GO Team GB!
A highlight of BPA AGM Day at the Leicester Marriott on Saturday 26 January 2013 will be a presentation on the Red Bull Stratos programme by BPA Member Anu Ojha, Director of the National Space Academy, based at the National Space Centre in Leicester. Anu (centre) is pictured with US pioneer Joe Kittinger (left) and current world record holder Felix Baumgartner (right). See the AGM Day page for all the day has to offer. See you there!
Anu's presentation will cover some of the spaceflight/physiological commonalities/challenges, the history of failed attempts including demonstrations of the effect of low pressure on liquids, suit challenges to mobility, aerodynamic control (or lack of it) in the high stratosphere at sub-terminal speeds and an analysis of that nasty transonic spin.
Weve all heard moans about poor service. But we also know there are many examples of fantastic service within our sport. And we believe its time for them to be recognised! Thats why were 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 ! Closing date for this year's nominations: Monday 3 December 2012.
At the close of nominations at noon on Tuesday 30 October 2012, there were sixteen (16) nominations for the 15 seats on Council 2013. They are, in alphabetical order: Paul Applegate, Karen Bain, Adrian Bond, Kieran Brady, Jackie Harper, George McGuinness, Pete McLaughlin, Ian Marshall, Paul Moore, John Page, Craig Poxon, Steve Saunders, Mark Skarratts, Martin Soulsby, James Swallow and Thea Westley. An independently-administered election will therefore be held. The arrangements for the election, including the timetable, will be announced in due course.
The following members of Council 2012 have not offered themselves for re-election: Marc Fletcher, Richard Head and Weed Stoodley.
Calling Full BPA Members! Could your knowledge and skills help our sport? Have you new and innovative thinking to offer? Could you help our sport to seize new opportunities and help to resolve often complex issues? Then stand for Council 2013. Download BPA Form 211 Nomination for election to Council 2013 - just enter '211' or 'nomination' in the forms search box - and start lobbying! Nominations close at noon on Tuesday 30 October 2012. New! - Council Member role profile
Entries of short (6 mins max) videos are invited for the BPA FilmFest 2013. Five finalist films will be shown on BPA AGM Day, Saturday 26 January 2013, and the winner will be chosen by the volume of audience applause! The closing date for entries is Monday 3 December 2012. Download BPA Form 276 BPA Filmfest 2013 Rules and Entry Form from the BPA Forms page. Lights, camera, action... !
For the overall winner, there is a prize of one hour of tunnel time and a great trophy. The four runners-up will each receive 15 minutes of tunnel time. There will also be a special prize, the Airkix GoPro Award, which is a GoPro HD Hero awarded by Airkix for the best use of humour in a film.
Entries must be submitted as DVD PAL format and on YouTube.
Congratulations to all our GBR competitors at the World Cup and European Championships in Prostejov, Czech Republic (27 August - 2 September 2012). Especially to our Team Euphoria Freestyle (Andy Godwin & Alexandra Dand, pictured) who won Silver in the Europeans and Bronze in the World Cup, Team Euphoria Freefly who took bronze in the Europeans, and 4-way FS Team Satori who took Bronze in both the World Cup and Europeans. Full results here.
Last weekend saw the BPA British Open Nationals in 4-way Formation Skydiving and Vertical Formation Skydiving, hosted by Skydive Hibaldstow. These events enjoyed a record turnout of over 70 teams - view or download results from our Nationals page. This coming weekend, Saturday 18 to Monday 20 August, it's the turn of Artistics, 8-way Formation Skydiving and Speed Skydiving. Skydive Hibaldstow encourages all teams to pre-register online.
Summer's here and with it are the BPA British Open National Championships 2012. Check out the dates and locations on our Nationals page. To take part, submit your entry form to the Centre hosting your event.
Updated 17 May 2012