Patron: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
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.
Nominations from the membership are invited for the BPA Taz Causer Skydiver of the Year Award 2011. This is for an experienced UK-based skydiver whose achievements during the calendar year are worthy of special recognition. Please e-mail your nominations giving the name of your nominee with reasons (no more than 250 words, please) to firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than Thursday 24 November 2011. The Council will consider all nominations and decide on the winner at its December meeting. The trophy will be presented at the AGM.
The BPA 50 Boogie at Langar is this weekend! Times and terms of the free prize draws, etc, are here. There will be 5 aircraft with a helicopter on call, free registration, £20 jumps, load organisers for all levels and all disciplines with a special focus on A certificate progression.
The planned aircraft are a Twin Otter, 2 x Grand Caravans, Antonov 28 - Tailgate, Beech 99, Thruxton Jackeroo and Bell Helicopter (on call) - to provide enough places to keep everyone jumping at £20 a ticket from the main aircraft (specialility aircraft will cost more).
Free food on Saturday night: hog roast or veggie alternative
Free BPA 50 Boogie t-shirt and goodie bag (for 1st 250 to register at the boogie from Friday 0900, so get there early!)
Free load organising / Coaching- FF, FS, CF, Wingsuit and Accuracy
Focus on post A cert, with briefings - CH1/2, JM etc and discounted coaching jumps
Free prize draw with great prizes and vouchers
Seminars, trade stands and displays in the BPA marquee
Live music and disco on both Friday and Saturday night
Daily draw for free jumps
The BPA 50 Boogie is open to all, but only BPA members can register for the free stuff.
Come along and be part of this fantastic celebration of the BPA's 50th anniversary. For local accommodation options, see Skydive Langar's website.
www.skydivingchampionships.com is the dedicated website for everything from registration to results for the BPA British Open National Skydiving Championships at Skydive Hibaldstow this month. From Sat 20 to Mon 22 August, its 8-way Formation Skydiving, Artistics & Speed Skydiving. For the rules. see the Nationals page. There was a great turnout of 55 teams in the 4-way FS Nationals, Britain's biggest skydiving competition, over the weekend 13-14 August.
Anyone who jumps a United Parachute Technologies (UPT) Vector 3 Container should read the UPT Service Bulletin #20110523 (23 May 2011) and before the next jump (and prior to future jumps) must check the stitching as directed in the bulletin. If the stitching is in need of repair, the rig must not be jumped until the repair has been carried out.
Visit the members page to download the renewal form for full members to renew BPA membership for the year from 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012 inclusive.
Here are the results of the BPA membership survey 2011, which sought members' views in a number of areas including competitions funding. Thank you to all members who took part in the survey. The Council and its Committees will use the results to help formulate future BPA policy.
Updated 17 May 2012