15TH POPS WORLD MEET AND CHAMPIONSHIP REGISTRATION
The 15th World POPS Meet and Championship will take place at the Army Parachute
Association (APA), Netheravon over the period Fri 19 Aug – Mon 29 Aug 2022. The Championship is open to all international registered members of the Parachutists Over Phorty Society (POPS) (Subject to UK Government Border Control Entry)
REGISTRATION IS OPEN
All competitors and Non-competitors are required to Register on the following link:
Please could we ask everyone who intends to come to register and pay their registrations fees before the end of June 22, this will allow us to purchase the event T-Shirts, which need to be ordered 6 - 10 weeks in advance. Payments details are available in the Information Bulletin and in the registration form.
However, registration will remain open until 2359 on Mon 22 Jul. Late registration maybe possible, however, this does not guarantee a last night dinner slot or goodie bag.
Linked below is a copy of the 15th World POPS Meet and Championship Instruction Bulletin. It should contain all the information you require to register and information on the event and location.
Chief Judge: Amanda Kenny, British Skydiving
Meet Director: Tim Andrewes, British Skydiving
World TOP POP: Polly Chandler
Judging Panel: Amanda Kenny, Liz Warner, Tim Andrewes, Ivan Rios (Accuracy)
TOP POP Appeal Panel: TBC
Any questions, please speak to your nations TOP POP, before emailing us on parachutistsoverphortyUK@gmail.com
Information Bulletin & World Rules are still under consideration and are subject to change, upon any changes due to Safety, Health or Security reasons. This notice will be updated upon any changes. Published 30/8/2021, last updated 12/4/2022.
Latest World POPS Meet and Championship Update
The UK POPS, wish to make members aware of the following:
The FAI’s fundamental aim is to maintain the integrity and support the development of air sports across all nations in line with a set of values that nurture inclusion and transcend national differences.
To maintain that aim under the circumstances created by the military conflict in the Ukraine, the FAI Executive Board has unanimously decided to implement the following extraordinary measures:
To suspend the members of Russia and Belarus with immediate effect and therefore removing all rights as listed in FAI Statutes 184.108.40.206
The next World POPS Meet is due to be held in the UK on Aug 2022. As British Skydiving is an affiliated member, and abides by the FAI skydiving licensing/standards, and the event is being run under British Skydiving guidance and regulations, this means Russia and Belarus skydivers are currently not recognised as having appropriate certifications to skydive in the UK. Also, that under current sanctions by the UK Government, travel to the UK or Europe is restricted to members of Russia and Belarus, severely limiting travel.
The UK POPS echoes the FAI that this is a very difficult situation. Our thoughts are with those that are being most directly impacted, and we all hope for a swift resolution.
WORLD POPS MEET
15TH WORLD POPS MEET AND CHAMPIONSHIP 2022
Location: Army Parachute Association (APA) (Skydive Netheravon), Airfield Camp, Netheravon, Wiltshire, SP4 9RY
Date: 19th - 29th Aug 2022.
19th Training Day + Opening Ceremony
20th - 25th Competition Days
25th Closing Ceremony + Dinner Night
26th DZ Closed - Group Trip
27th - 29th DZ Open Normal Jumping + Record attempts
DZ Details: The parachute centre is located between Salisbury and Marlborough just off the A345, approximately 5 miles north of the A303. Airfield Camp Netheravon is sign posted on red military road signs from the village of Netheravon. The Camp is situated on a hill above the village itself. Use SP4 9RY, this will get you to the road just before the entrance to the airfield camp.
What 3 Words: blotting.overhead.arrived
The Army Parachute Association (APA) has charitable objectives which are to promote and support sports parachuting for military personnel, active and retired. Our Association welcomes civilian members and appreciates the skills and diversity that they bring to the APA.
The airfield was first used before the First World War, initially for balloon operations. Aircraft were flown by the Royal Flying Corps, also before the First World War. The RFC became the Royal Air Force in 1918. In the Second World War the airfield was RAF Netheravon and was home to 296 and 297 squadrons.
The airfield is claimed to be the longest continuously operated airfield in the world.
Aircraft: Currently holds 2 Grand Caravan (C208) fitted with the super-fast Blackhawk engines.
Exit Altitude and Speeds: 4-Way and Speed Star, 3,660 meters Above Ground Level (AGL), 12.000 ft, Exit speed 85 (+/- 5) Knots.
Accuracy (including Sport, Hit'n'Rock), 1220 m AGL (4,000 ft.), Exit speed 80 Knots.
Our PLA (Parachute Landing Area) is the biggest in the UK.
No other drop zone 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 below shows only a quarter of the hanger!
Camping is allowed on site, Motor Homes/Campers are welcome, power is not available. I generator can be hired at cost locally, this will be arranged during the event. There are a few bunk rooms on site with toilets and showers available for all those camping.
Camping will be allowed until the 29th Aug, when all those camping and in Motor Homes/Campers, must vacate the camp.
ON SITE FACILITIES
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. Evening meals can be pre-ordered and will be advertised in advance on the day.
Shop and Rigging Services:
There is an on-site shop for skydiving bits and there is normally a rigger on site for emergency repairs etc.
Other than the bunk house, camping or Motorhome/Caravan there are a number of B&B’s in the area and a few hotels within 20 mins drive. Amesbury, Salisbury or Andover are the closest towns to the DZ, with bars and hotels to facilitate. The dinner night is being held at the Stones Hotel, High Post, Salisbury. The hotel has stated that a discount can be applied if you choose to stay there, however the distance from the DZ is just over 20mins, please quote World POPS on booking.
Links to some UK Local B&B/Hotel websites:
Closest International Airports are London Heathrow or Gatwick, both are within a 1 1/2 hr car journey.
Europe connections are Southampton (if operating) & Bristol airports with 1 1/2 hr from DZ etc.
Recommend that you hire a vehicle or shuttle service to get you to your Hotel/B&B or the DZ. Do not get a taxi service as it will cost a fortune.
Trains run from London to Salisbury City (closest main hub station) & Bristol or Southampton to Salisbury. Once there a taxi service or shuttle will be required to get you to your hotel/B&B or to the DZ.
The UK runs a bus service called National Express. They operate at all major cities and airports. They are very cheap priced, however they are not always a direct service and may require planned interconnections. The closest hub to reach is Salisbury City or Amesbury. It is then local transport to hotels/B&B or DZ.
POPS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AND MEET EVENTS
Below is the list of events that will be available during the championship:
4 Way Formation Skydiving Scrambles (Open to all competitors)(Teams will be picked at random) Number of Rounds: 4
4 Way Formation Skydiving Nationals (Random Formations Only)(Open to all National teams)(Requires 4 competitors of the same country)(This event will be split between POPS and SOS Teams)(If you enter this event, you are not permitted to enter the Open category) Number of Rounds: 5
4 Way Formation Skydiving Open (This event includes A Class Blocks)(Open to all National teams)(Requires 4 competitors of the same country)(This event will be split between POPS and SOS Teams)(If you enter this event, you are not permitted to enter the Nationals category) Number of Rounds: 5
Accuracy (This is also known as precision accuracy)(This event will be split between POPS and SOS Competitors) Number of Rounds: 6 (TBC)
Sports Accuracy (This event is open to all competitors) (This event will be split between POPS and SOS Competitors) Number of Rounds: 3
Speed Star (Open to all competitors)(Size of teams will be decided on the number of Competitors and aircraft suitability)(Teams will be picked at random) Number of Rounds: 3
Hit and Rock (Open to all competitors)(This event will be split between POPS and SOS Competitors) Number of Rounds: 1
POPS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MEET RULES
The rules below are for the 15th World POPS Meet and Championship in Aug 2022.
WORLD MEET AND CHAMPIONSHIP AWARDS
The following awards, are given during the closing ceremony dinner at each World Meet and Championship and are an integral part of the POPS history.
POPS LEATHER JACKET
The Pops Leather Jacket is awarded to a POPS World Meet and Championship participant that best personifies the POPS Spirit. It is awarded at the closing ceremony by the previous recipient.
POPS SILVER PLATE
This award recognises and honors a participant who most represents the 'POPS Spirit'. This is defined as a singular person who contributes to the overall fun and competitiveness of the meet, is supportive, cooperative, pleasant and perhaps colourful in demeanor. This can be awarded to anyone present or participating in the meet but must be a POPS member.
SOS CRYSTAL PLATE
This award is presented to the best competing SOS team, taking part in the 4-way National Team competition and highlights the achievement of our SOS participants.
SPIRIT OF POPS
This award is presented to the next World Top Pop for the next World Meet and Championship. It is handed from the current World Top Pop to the next at the closing ceremony.