Patron: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
The Royal Aero Club Trust (RAeCT) has awarded over £5000 in bursaries to help develop the flying ambition of young people in sport parachuting. Awardees include Guy Wells (18, Skydive UK - pictured) who was awarded the Breitling Bursary, launched this year and worth £500. Guy said 'I am delighted to have been chosen to receive this prestigious bursary to develop my skills as a sport parachutist. I can't wait to get started on working towards achieving my flying goal.'
Awards were also made to Katherine Bailey (20, Langar), Kieran Bridges (20, Skydive North West), Callum Collins (19, Skydive Headcorn), Gregory Eden (21, Sibson), Cat Lees (20, Skydive Hibaldstow), Aled Mason (19, Skydive Swansea), Amy Rowe (18, Langar), Rebecca Stevens (19, Sibson), Oliver Sheppard (20, Sibson), Suzi Scott (20, Sibson) and Lucy Westgarth (20, Langar).
Bursaries, which are part of the Trusts Flying for Youth (FfY) programme, are awarded annually to UK residents aged between 16 and 21 in two categories:
1. Flying Bursaries/Grants for those wishing to advance from one recognised level of air sport to the next higher level and wish to upgrade their existing qualifications;
2. FlightSim Bursaries/Grants for Computer Flight Simulation enthusiasts wishing to gain practical experience of flying or an air sport.
The scheme and the bursaries cover a range of air sports including skydiving.
2012 has seen the Royal Aero Club Trust award more bursaries than ever before which shows a great commitment to develop from the youth participants in UK air sports, says David Bills, bursary administrator at the RAeCT. In this Olympic year it is so encouraging to see the next generation of supporters entering into, and developing as part of, the sport parachuting community. Every year we take great pride in following their progress and achievements closely and we wish them the very best success."
Eligible BPA Members interested in applying for bursaries for 2013 should visit thye Royal Aero Club Trust's website where information will be available from September 2012.
The first leg of the UKSL 2012 is at Peterlee on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 May. More information on this meet, including rules and entry forms, here. The Grand Prix in Accuracy is at Headcorn over the same weekend. More on this season's BPA domestic competitions calendar on the UKSL/GP page and the Nationals page.
Full Members: The BPA membership year runs from 1 April to 31 March. To jump on or after 1 April, you need to have renewed. If you have still to renew, please use the renewal form circulated in your February Mag, pick one up from your Centre, or download it here or from our members page. Then complete and return it by post or fax, with payment authoristion (sorry but we are unable to process e-mail scans). Because we need to have your completed form, it is not possible to renew by telephone.
Closing date for applications: 31 March 2012 see www.royalaeroclubtrust.org
The Royal Aero Club Trust announces its bursary scheme for young people for the 2012 season. The bursaries include The Presidents Scholarships (2 bursaries each worth up to £750), the Peter Cruddas Foundation Scholarship worth up to £1,000, the Breitling Bursary also worth up to £750, and the Bramson Bursary which is one of a number of additional bursaries worth up to £500 each to anyone between 16 and 21 years of age wishing to progress their interest in either air sports or aviation.
The Royal Aero Club Trust has been offering bursaries for twelve years and a wide range of grants have been awarded. Activities available in the programme include gliding, ballooning, paragliding, hang gliding, parachuting, flying microlights, motor gliders, light aircraft and helicopters, and building and flying model aircraft. Bursaries are also available for Personal Computer or Flight Simulator pilots wishing to have their first experience of an air sport.
Applicants must be UK citizens, resident in the UK, and training and flying can only be conducted at Clubs, Associations or training establishments in the UK. Applications, which must arrive at the Trust by 31 March 2012, are to be submitted through a Sponsoring Organisation, Club or Association.
Full details, rules and an application form are available on the Royal Aero Club Trust web site, www.royalaeroclubtrust.org
(originally posted as News on BPA website on 23 September 2011)
One of the BPA Archivists, Andrew Hilton, is compiling an historical list of UK dropzones and parachuting operations from way back when to the present day. He would be delighted if members could kindly review his DZ list (includes replies to 4 3 12) and let him know of any further additions or corrections. Andrew would like to thank members who have contributed information so far. See also: BPA Archive Project page.
AGM Day at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton - Saturday 28 January 2012 - was enjoyed by up to around 500 members - that's about 10% of full members. Thank you to all members who supported the day, it was great to see you. The AGM adopted updated BPA Articles of Association. At the inaugural Council meeting after the AGM, the Council and Committee Chairs of 2011 were re-elected for 2012.
BPA AGM Day, Saturday 28 January 2012 - Links to video on demand:
BPA Annual General Meeting Sat 28 Jan 2012 & Presentation Ceremony http://ustre.am/H1ye
Jump4Heroes - with Al McCartney Your Link
Living the Dream - so you want to be a professional skydiver? with Bryn Chaffe http://ustre.am/H1yI
FilmFest 2012 Final - with Martin Soulsby http://ustre.am/H1yP
Sports-Specific Fitness: Skydiving - with Sarah Cannon http://vimeo.com/bpa/agm-2012-sports-specific-fitness-skydiving
Information on candidates for election to BPA Council 2012
The timetable for the election of BPA Council 2012 is as follows. Ballot packs will be mailed out to arrive early in December. Votes may be cast online, using the security codes on the ballot paper, or by completing and returning the ballot paper in the reply-paid envelope included in the ballot pack. Members are encouraged to vote online, as this avoids the BPA paying the cost of return postage. Voting will close at midnight on Monday 23 January 2012.
The results will be posted on the BPA website in the afternoon of Tuesday 24 January and formally announced at the AGM on Saturday 28 January. Members who have not received their ballot pack by Monday 12 December (UK) or Monday 19 December (BFPO & overseas) should telephone 0845 658 1131 (from UK) or +44 (0) 1538 393 606 (from outside UK) or e-mail email@example.com with the message heading 'BPA'.
Entries are open for the BPA FilmFest 2012 sponsored by Airkix. Closing date Tuesday 8 November 2011. Get the rules and an entry form here. The BPA FilmFest Final is one of the highlights of AGM Day, Saturday 28 January 2012.
At the close of nominations at noon on Thursday 20 October 2011, there were sixteen (16) nominations for the fifteen (15) elected seats on Council 2012. An election will therefore be held. The nominees are, in alphabetical order: Paul Applegate, Karen Bain, Adrian Bond, Kieran Brady, Alex Busby Hicks, Marc Fletcher, Richard Head, Ian Marshall, Paul Moore, John Page, Craig Poxon, Steve Saunders, Mark Skarratts, Martin Soulsby, Weed Stoodley and James Swallow. The election will be conducted by independent election administrators.
Arrangements will be announced in due course. The result of the election will be posted on the BPA website on Tuesday 24 January 2012 ahead of the inaugural meeting of Council 2012 immediately after the AGM and presentation ceremony on the morning of Saturday 28 January 2012 at De Vere Whites, Reebok Stadium, Bolton, Greater Manchester BL6 6SF.
Updated 17 May 2012