Patron: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
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.
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 2012. Download Form 211 Nomination for election to Council 2012, and start lobbying! Nominations close at noon on Thursday 20 October 2011.
If you missed the BPA's 50th Anniversary Boogie and missed out on the event's t-shirt, now's your chance to have one as a memento of this great event. Orders will be taken from 16 Sept for 10 days, closing on 25 Sept. Production will take 2-3 weeks; orders will be despatched as soon as the t-shirts are received from the supplier. Cost - at the same price the BPA paid: £5.25 + VAT = £6.35. Order here. Women's fitted are also available at £6.46 + VAT = £7.75. Order here. Thank you to the BPA for allowing a further run of t-shirts.
Updated 17 May 2012