Patron: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
Congratulations to jumpers on the first British women's head-down record, set at Hibaldstow on Saturday 21 May 2011: Anna Howerski, Catriona Adams, Kirsten McAndrew, Jane Henderson, Tiziana Rossetti, Yolande Lee, Karen Stryczek, and Karen Bain, plus Olly Burgin on camera.
It's survey time again! This year's shorter survey should take about 5 minutes to complete. The results will help to ensure that the BPA keeps in touch with you the membership (no identifiable personal data about individual respondents will be published). Take the survey here from 1 April - 13 May, and make your views count.
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.
To get the BPA's 50th anniversary celebrations off to a fantastic start, the BPA Council is making available 50 free memberships.
In your April Mag you could find one of 50 Golden Tickets. If you do, you are a winner, and you will receive free membership for the year!NB The Golden Tickets will be randomly selected by software and inserted by the mailing house.
The Royal Aero Club Trust (RAeCT) has awarded a total of £3,400 in bursaries to help develop the skydiving ambitions of young BPA members.
It has made awards to:
Congratulations to them all. Application Forms for the next round of bursaries, in 2012, open to application by young BPA members aged 16-21, will be published by thRAeCT website in September 2011.
British National Champions & World Silver Medallists in Freestyle Skydiving, Al & Pixie Hodgson - Team Airkix Freestyle - featured in 'Inside Out' on BBC 1 East Midlands on Monday 14 February. Sorry, the programme is no longer available on BBC iPlayer. See also: Skydiver wants more recognition for his sport.
Video of the BPA AGM Awards & Presentations Ceremony at the Coventry Hilton on Saturday 22 January 2011.
Congratulations to Anthea Harrison and Gerard Casale on their winning entry, 'The Holy Grail'. in BPA FilmFest 2011 - as voted by BPA members on AGM Day.
The BPA Annual Report & Accounts, and other documents relating to the running of BPA Ltd, will be available electronically to full (voting) members in future. However, members will be able to opt to continue to receive them in hard copy. Details will be provided before the start of the new arrangements.
Knowing how to avoid canopy collisions and what to do in the event of canopy collision / entanglement is essential for safe skydiving. Renowned canopy pilot Brian Vacher gave a headline seminar on BPA AGM Day 2011 on this key topic. Please watch the video and stay safe.
Here are more videos from AGM Day - due to network issues, we're sorry that some of the videos are a little broken up (the Equipment Inspection one in particular) and the sound isn't great.
Martin Soulsby (pictured) was elected Chairman of BPA Council at the inaugural meeting of 2011 held immediately after the AGM on Saturday 22 January.
Craig Poxon was elected Vice Chairman of Council, and also Development Chair.
Steve Saunders was elected as Competitions Chair and Adrian Bond as Communications Chair.
The new Council for 2011 elected John Smyth MVO, Immediate-past Chairman of Council, as a Vice President of the BPA.
The membership passed a special resolution at the AGM to update the BPA Memo & Arts to allow electronic communication with members of formal documents of BPA Ltd (notices of AGM, accounts, etc).
Click here to see Mike Carpenter's compilation video 'Review of the Skydiving Year 2010' shown at the AGM.
Updated 17 May 2012