The Largest Landing Area in the UK
Since 1962 the Army Parachute Association has had its home at Netheravon Airfield - the longest operating airfield in the world. Our PLA (Parachute Landing Area) is the biggest in the UK.
Our modern Cessna Caravans; Hawk & Badger provide an exceptional lift capacity. the two Grand Caravans are now fitted with the super-fast Blackhawk engines. APA staff are committed to running an efficient program getting jumpers in the air quickly, safely and often.
Heated and Padded Packing Area
No other dropzone in the world has an indoor packing area/hangar like this. Our huge hanger has thick padded mats to protect your gear and your knees, heating to combat the British weather, mock ups to practise exits and manifest screens to make sure you don't miss your load. This photo shows only a quarter of the hanger!
Our classrooms all have PowerPoint facilities and seating for groups large or small.
60 Sets of Student Rigs
We have a huge stock of static line and student equipment. Our goal is to ensure that no student has to wait for a rig and can complete multiple jumps in a day, resulting in safe, fast progression.
The Drop Shop
The Drop Shop is our on site store selling everything from skydiving basics like hook knives and goggles to the latest cameras, altimeters and dytters. Our prices reflect our status as a not for profit organisation.
Café and Bar
Our not-for-profit, comfortable café sells hot and cold food all day long. In the evening, you can watch the sunset load while enjoying a cold beer and a warm meal and later watch the day's videos on our PlayOn system. On "Party Nights", we move to the Skydiver Bar for a more festive atmosphere.
World Class Coaching
Our events calendar is packing with coaching events run by the best teams and coaches in the UK: we have world class skydiver competitors in all disciplines including Canopy Piloting, Freefly, Wingsuit Flying and Formation Skydiving.
Indoor Creeper Area
A section of our (heated) hanger is free for creeper training with a smooth concrete floor and a large supply of creepers.
Campsite & Bunkhouse
Camping is free for club members. There is a shower and toilet block on the campsite. Motorhomes and campervans are also welcome to "overnight" on this site.
We also have a brand new bunkhouse with 3 rooms and 24 bed spaces, bookable in advance.
The Army Parachute Association is home to top Military 4 way FS teams. Competitions are a regular occurence in all disciplines and all standards are welcome.
Currently representing the United Kingdom abroad are APA sponsored team NFTO. They are dedicated to helping FS teams improve their skills by holding regular training camps at Netheravon for both established teams, individuals and potential FS Coaches.
British Freestyle Champions Euphoria are happy to call the Army Parachute Association “home”. They hold coaching events where freestyle flyers of all standards can learn new skills and progress.
British medal winners and talented FF Coaches run monthly FreeFly events. Over this last year, numerous skydivers have achieved their FF1 and FF2 qualifications and make Netheravon a top FreeFlying venue.
The Netheravon Flock – the biggest group of regular wingsuiters in the UK with National medal winners in both artistic and performance categories. Members of the Netheravon Flock are always keen to run first flight courses and coach new wingsuiters.
Wez Westley is one of the top Canopy Piloting flyers in the UK and regularly holds F1 Flight courses and training events at the Army Parachute Association. From basic canopy handling skills to advanced swooping, these courses are invaluable.
We also have Canopy Relative Work teams flying asnd training at the Army Parachute Associaition. Occasionally running training camps for anyone wanting to try CRW and enter into the world of stacks, rotations and formations.
Mike Lewis is one of the top FS load organisers in the UK and his "Big Way" weekends at the Army Parachute Association are popular with everyone: from newly quallified B licence jumpers to those with thousands of skydives. A great way for our new members to get to know the Nethers team.
‘The Caravan course is an excellent introduction to turbo prop handling and performance, delivered by experienced instructors at an excellent training airfield with no ATC delays & in house examiners. Much more than an overgrown 172 and a great step up for a GA pilot’
David, from Hampshire – CPL 670TT