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Opening Heights 2015-2016
The BPA Safety Committee has recently change the compulsory opening heights for ALL parachutists.
BPA Ops Manual
Section 8, paragraph 4
Minimum canopy opening height for main parachutes
- 4.1. BPA 'B' Licence Parachutists and below 3000ft AGL
- 4.2. BPA 'C' Licence Parachutists and above 2500ft AGL
- 4.3. Student Tandem Parachutists 5000ft AGL
- 4.4. BPA 'C' Licence holders, on displays 1500ft AGL
Remember, unlike in the USA, the opening height in the UK is the height as which you are under a fully deployed canopy.
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