Allan-Hewitt

Allan Hewitt

Allan Hewitt

I started skydiving in 1979 and all certificates and awards below can be verified by the BPA (British Parachute Association), the USPA (United States Parachute Association) & KNVvL De Koninklijke Nederlandse Vereniging voor Luchtvaart.

I have over 6,000 jumps and I’m in my 26th year of membership with the USPA, and 35th year of membership with the BPA. Join me on Facebook

I did my first skydive at langar parachute centre and spent two years as a club member before leaving to join the parachute regiment. I spent five years on the Red Devils Freefall Team taking part in parachute displays around the world. I then left to join GQ Parachutes as a project engineer designing and testing parachutes.

After three years working for GQ Parachutes, I left to set up my own company called Sky Science to sell and service parachute equipment. The company then moved into manufacturing custom parachute equipment and organising skydiving stunts for the TV & Film industry.

I have worked on three James Bond Films, two Tomb Raider Films, CBBC TV, You Bet, Seconds to Impact, Saving Private Ryan, The Borrowers, The New Avengers, Notting Hill, Mr Lonely, True Hero’s and Batman; taking part in and coordinating skydiving stunts and manufacturing custom safety harnesses for the stunt crew and major movie stars.

As a BPA Examiner I spent five years as chairman of the BPA Riggers Committee and member of the Safety And Training Committee. During this period I spent thousands of hours working on varies BPA projects to develop training systems and improve safety within the sport.

I have worked on many drop zones as an instructor teaching and coaching students and qualified skydivers. I have worked on all types of parachute equipment and trained qualified skydivers to pack, service and repair parachutes. I have worked with many parachute manufacturers as a dealer selling their equipment and working at their establishments. I have taken part and organised many parachute displays and competitions. I have traveled to drop zones all over the world and taken part in many parachute symposiums and have given presentations to the worlds top skydivers.

After selling part of Sky Science I moved from the UK to open a parachute centre in Spain. I set up and managed Skydive Spain for a period of seven years before selling the company. I am currently running Sky Science once again which has now been refined to concentrate on those aspects of the sport that interest me the most; coordinating skydiving stunts, promoting the sport and teaching.

I am passionate about my new project as owner of Skydive Safety as this is my way to continue educating skydivers, to enjoy this thrilling sport in a safe and fulfilling way. My current riggers licence is valid until 1st March 2015 and my current instructors licence is valid until 30th September 2014.

Qualifications

In my career I have earnt the following qualifications issued by three different parachute associations:

  • BPA Instructor
  • BPA Tandem Instructor
  • BPA RAPS Instructor
  • BPA Canopy Formation Coach (National Champion 2003)
  • BPA Canopy Handling Coach
  • BPA Formation Skydiving Coach
  • BPA AFF Instructor
  • BPA Advanced Rigger
  • BPA Rigger Examiner
  • BPA Display Jumper
  • USPA Tandem Instructor
  • USPA AFF Instructor
  • USPA IAD Instructor
  • USPA Formation Skydiving Coach
  • USPA Static Line Instructor
  • USPA Safety & Training Advisor
  • KNVvL Master Rigger
  • KNVvL AFF Instructor
  • Parachute Test Jumper
  • Military Parachutist
  • Aero Sports Connection, Powered Parachute Instructor
  • Freefall Cameraman, DV to 35mm film and even an Imax 70mm film camera

My Most Memorable Skydives

  • A Fifty Man Display From Four Thousand Feet For Prince Charles
  • Jumping Into Wembley While Doing CF And Wearing Football Kit.
  • Jumping Into Buckingham Palace With A Union Jack Parachute
  • Being In The Guinness Book Of Records For Balloon Jumping
  • Speed Ten Competition Winners With A Nineteen Second Average (No Show)
  • 4th Of July Demo In The USA To A Crowd Of A Hundred Thousand
  • Taking My Son On A Tandem Skydive At The Age Of Nine Years Old
  • Teaching The Kenyan Army: Display Jumping And Canopy Formation
  • A Diamond Formation Canopy Wrap & Cutting Away At Five Hundred Feet
  • Test Jumping The Scuba Diving/Sky Diving System For A James Bond Film
  • Jumping A Super Puma Helicopter After Packing On The Way To Altitude
  • Jumping The 70mm Three D Imax Camera on The Batman Film
  • Jumping The First Parachute System That I Manufactured
  • A Nine Point Sixteen Way FS Skydive
  • An Eighteen Man CF Stack
  • Jumping Out Of A British Airways 146 Jet Airliner
  • Test Jumping And Cutting Away Canopies
  • Canopy Rotations During Competitions
  • Testing The Switchblade For The James Bond Film
  • Jumping The Push Bike On the Mr Lonely Film
  • Landing A Diamond CF Formation Into Water
  • British Record – The 100 Way Formation Skydive
  • Hundreds of Amazing Parachute Displays
  • My First Aircraft Emergency Exit At Nine Hundred Feet
  • My First Malfunction On Jump Number 538 On A Display
  • CF National Gold Medal Winner In Four Man Sequential

Certificates

BPA – Static Line Instructor

BPA – AFF Instructor 10th June 1994

BPA – Tandem Instructor 28th June 1991

BPA – Approved Rigger 8th December 1989

BPA – Advanced Rigger 28th May 1992

BPA – Rigger Examiner 16th February 1994

BPA 1,000 Jump Award 19th November 1993

BPA 2,000 Jump Award 10th August 2001

BPA – 12 Hours in Freefall Award 19th November 1993

BPA – 24 Hours in Freefall Award 15th August 2001

3,000 Jump Award 25th December 2003

36 Hours in Freefall Award 25th August 2003

ASC – Powered Parachute Instructor 1st February 2000

BPA – Formation Skydiving Coach 25th June 1991

BPA – Canopy Handling Coach 30th November 2005

USPA – AFF Instructor 29th January 2004

USPA – Coach29th January 2004

BPA – Canopy Formation Coach 17th February 2004

USPA – IAD Instructor 17th August 2004

USPA – Tandem Instructor 17th August 2004

USPA – Static Line Instructor 17th August 2004

USPA – Safety & Training advisor (S&TA)

USPA -FS Coach 24th January 2004

USPA – AFF Instructor 24th January 2004

USPA – IAD Instructor 17th August 2004

KNVvL – Master Rigger 10th July 2013