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THE COMPANIES ACTS 2014.
CONSTITUTION
OF

THE PARACHUTE ASSOCIATION OF IRELAND COMPANY LIMITED BY

GUARANTEE

COMPANY LIMITED BY GUARANTEE NOT HAVING A SHARE CAPITAL.

NAME OF COMPANY

  1. The name of the Company (hereinafter called “the Association”) is the Parachute
    Association of Ireland Company Limited by Guarantee.
    OBJECTS OF COMPANY
  2. The objects for which the Association are established are the promotion of sport
    parachuting in the Republic of Ireland and the doing of all such other things as are
    incidental or conducive to the attainment of the above object, including, but not
    confined to the following –
    a. Maintaining a Parachuting Guidelines Manual which will reflect best practice in sport
    parachuting, at all levels.
    b. Establishing and maintaining a system by which suitably-qualified people may obtain,
    commensurate with their levels of sport parachuting experience, and retain by
    currency requirements where specified, licences, national and FAI Certificates of
    Proficiency, and ratings.
    c. Representing Irish parachutists at national level, through the FAI-affiliated Irish air
    sports organisation and any other appropriate organisations, and at international
    level through the International Parachuting Commission of Féderation Aeronautique
    Internationale and any other appropriate organisations.
    d. Arranging the issue, to Irish parachutists, of FAI Sporting Licences for FAI-sanctioned
    sport parachuting competitions and record attempts, through the FAI-affiliated Irish
    air sports organisation.
    e. The Association has no role in the operation or maintenance of aircraft used in
    parachute support operations. This is the responsibility of the aircraft
    owner/operator and the relevant statutory authority.

THE COMPANY

  1. For the purpose of registration the Company is declared to consist of 1250
    members, but the Board may register an increase in the number of members
    whenever it may think fit.

TERMINOLOGY

4.

a. “The Company” or “the Association” shall mean “The Parachute Association
of Ireland Company Limited by Guarantee”.
b. “Member” shall mean any person of the classes embraced by the definitions
in Article 5.
c. “Member of the Board” shall mean a Director.
d. “Writing” or “Written” shall include printing or typing, or communicated
electronically.
e. Month” shall mean Calendar Month.
f. Words importing the singular shall include the plural and the masculine the
feminine and vice-versa.

MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION

5.
a. Such persons as the Board shall admit to membership shall be members of the
Association and shall be Ordinary members. In meeting the objectives the
Association is fully committed to safeguarding the wellbeing of its members.
b. Every member in The Parachute Association of Ireland should at all times, show
respect and understanding for members’ rights, safety and welfare and conduct
themselves in a way that reflects the principles of the Association and the guidelines
contained in the Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport

c. The anti-doping rules of the Parachute Association of Ireland are the Irish Anti-
Doping Rules as amended from time to time.

THE ADMISSION OF NEW MEMBERS AND NEW MEMBER CENTRES AND CLUBS

  1. a. The admission of Members shall be made by the Board and shall take place
    at such times and in such manner as the Board shall prescribe.
    b. Prior to the admission of a person as a Member he shall be required to
    complete the following form or such other form as the Board may from time to
    time prescribe and return it to the designated person together with
    his subscription.
    PARACHUTE ASSOCIATION OF IRELAND COMPANY LIMITED BY GUARANTEE
    I,…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
    of………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
    In the County of ……………………………hereby agree to be bound by the Constitution of

the Company and in particular I undertake to contribute to the assets of the Company, in the
event of it being wound up while I am a Member, or within one year afterwards for payment
of debts and liabilities of the Company contracted before I cease to be a Member, and of the
costs, charges and expenses of winding up, and for the adjustment of the rights of the
Contributories among themselves such amount as may be required not exceeding €1.27.
Dated this day of 20 – – Signed: _______________________________
6 c Parachute centres, clubs or operations may, on their own part,
voluntarily undertake to recognise and accept the PAI
Parachuting Basic Standards Manual as a minimum operating standard
for the centre, club or operation.
The PAI shall not have any role in monitoring adherence to the
PAI Parachuting Basic Standards Manual at any centre, club or
operation, as they are totally independent entities.
The centre, club or operation should inform, in writing, the PAI
Board of Directors of its intention to voluntarily accept the PAI
Parachuting Basic Standards Manual as a minimum operating standard.
There shall not be a fee for this facility.

MEMBERSHIP AND ACCOUNTING YEAR

7 a. The membership and accounting year of the Association shall run from
January 1st until December 31st.
b. Annual subscriptions are due on January 1st each year and are valid until
January 31st of the following year.

CESSATION OF MEMBERSHIP

  1. A member shall cease to be a member of the Association: –
    a. If his annual subscription remains due after a period of one calendar month
    after the annual subscription falls due.
    b. Upon his retirement to be signified in writing to the Association or upon his
    death.
    c. Upon a resolution to that effect being passed by not less than three fourths of
    the members present at a general meeting of the Association of which he has
    received notice in writing at least 28 days beforehand and at which he shall
    have a reasonable opportunity of attending and being heard.

GENERAL MEETINGS

9.
a. Subject to Clause 9 b. the Association shall in each year hold a
general meeting as its annual general meeting in addition to any other
meeting in that year and shall specify the meeting as such in the notices
calling it; and not more than 15 months shall elapse between the date of one
annual general meeting of the Association and the next.
b. So long as the Association holds its first annual general meeting within 18
months of its incorporation, it need not hold it in the year of its incorporation or
in the following year. The annual general meeting shall be held at such time
and at such place in the State as the Board shall appoint. Notice of the annual
general meeting shall be posted on the website of the Parachute
Association of Ireland Limited by Guarantee and shall be sent
electronically or in hard copy to all members, at least twenty-one days
before the date fixed, as per 10 below.

NOTICE OF GENERAL MEETINGS

  1. Subject to Sections 178 and 181 of the Companies Act, 2014 the Annual General
    Meeting and a Meeting called for the passing of a Special Resolution shall be called
    by twenty one days’ Notice in writing at the latest, and a Meeting of the Association
    (other than an Annual General Meeting or a meeting for the passing of a Special
    Resolution) shall be called by twenty eight days’ notice in writing at the least. The
    Notice shall be exclusive of the day on which it is served or deemed to be served and
    of the day for which it is given and shall specify the place, day and the hour of
    Meeting, and in the case of special business, the general nature of that business and
    shall be given in the manner hereinafter mentioned, to such persons as are, under
    the Constitution of the Company, entitled to receive such Notices from the Company.
  2. The accidental omission to give notice of a meeting to, or the non-receipt of a notice
    by, any person entitled to receive notice shall not invalidate the proceedings at that
    meeting.

PROCEEDINGS AT GENERAL MEETINGS

  1. All business shall be deemed Special that is transacted at an Extraordinary General
    Meeting, and all that is transacted at an Ordinary Annual General Meeting, with the
    exception of the consideration of the accounts, balance sheets, and the ordinary
    report of the Board, the election of the Board and other officers in the place of those
    retiring.
  2. No business shall be transacted at any General Meeting unless a quorum of Ordinary
    Members is present at the commencement of the business; save as herein otherwise
    provided four members present shall be a quorum.
  3. If within half an hour from the time appointed for the meeting a quorum of Ordinary
    Members is not present, the meeting shall be dissolved. In any other case it shall
    stand adjourned to the same day in the following week at the same time and place or
    to such other day and at such other time and place as the Board may determine, and
    if at the adjourned meeting a quorum of Ordinary Members is not present within half
    an hour from the time appointed for the Meeting the Ordinary Members then present
    shall form a quorum.
  4. The Board shall submit to the Annual General Meeting the report of the work done by
    the Association during the past year and financial reports as required by the
    Companies Act 2014.

THE CHAIRPERSON OF A GENERAL MEETING

  1. The Chairperson, if any, of the Board shall preside as Chairperson, at every general
    meeting of the company, or if there is no such Chairperson, or if he is not present
    within 15 minutes after the time appointed for the holding of the meeting, or is
    unwilling to act, the members of the Board present shall elect one of their number to
    be Chairperson of the meeting.
  2. If at any meeting no member of the Board is willing to act as a Chairperson or if no
    member of the Board is present within 15 minutes after the time appointed for holding
    the meeting, the members present shall choose one of their numbers to be
    Chairperson of the meeting.
  3. The Chairperson, may with the consent of any meeting at which a quorum is present
    (and shall, if so directed by the meeting) adjourn the meeting from time to time and
    from place to place but no business shall be transacted at any adjourned meeting
    other than the business left unfinished at the meeting from which the adjournment
    took place.
    When a meeting is adjourned for thirty days or more, twenty one days notice of the
    adjourned meeting shall be given as in the case of an original meeting. Save as
    aforesaid, it shall not be necessary to give any notice of an adjournment or of the
    business, to be transacted at an adjourned meeting.
  4. No business not included on the agenda paper shall be discussed at the Annual
    General Meeting.

VOTING ON RESOLUTIONS

  1. At any General Meeting a Resolution put to the vote of the Meeting shall be decided
    on a show of hands unless a poll is (before or on the declaration of the result of the
    show of hands) demanded:
    a). By the Chairperson; or
    b). By at least five Members present in person.
    Unless a poll is so demanded, a declaration by the Chairperson that a Resolution,
    has on a show of hands, been carried or carried unanimously or by a particular
    majority or lost, and an entry to that effect in the Minutes of proceedings of the
    Association shall be conclusive evidence of the fact without proof of the number or

proportion of the votes recorded in favour of or against such resolution. The demand
for a poll may be withdrawn.

  1. A poll demanded on the election of a Chairperson, or on a question of adjournment
    shall be taken forthwith. A poll demanded on any other question shall be taken at
    such time as the Chairperson of the Meeting directs, and any business other than
    that upon which a poll has been demanded may be proceeded with pending the
    taking of the poll.
  2. If a poll is demanded in manner aforesaid, the same shall be taken in such manner
    as the Chairperson directs, and the result of the poll shall be deemed to be the
    Resolution of the Meeting at which the poll was demanded.

VOTING

23.
a. Every ordinary member who is a current member of the association, who
holds a PAI ‘A’ licence or higher licence or is a Jump Pilot member or a rigger
member of the PAI and who is personally present at any General Meeting
shall have one vote and no more. No vote shall be given by proxy.
b. When there is an equality of votes, whether on a show of hands or on a poll,
the Chairperson of the Meeting at which the show of hands takes place or at
which the poll is demanded shall be entitled to a second or casting vote.

  1. The Chairperson at any meeting shall be the sole judge of the validity of every vote
    at such meeting. The Presiding Officer at the taking of the poll shall be the sole judge
    of the validity of every vote at such Poll. No objection shall be raised as to the
    qualification of any voter except at the Meeting or adjourned Meeting at which the
    vote objected to is given or tendered, and every vote not disallowed at such meeting
    shall be valid for all purposes. Any such objection made in due time shall be referred
    to the Chairperson of the Meeting whose decision shall be final and conclusive.

OFFICERS, BOARD AND DIRECTORS.

  1. The number of members, unless otherwise determined by a general meeting, shall
    not be less than six nor more than ten.
  2. The Board shall consist of the members of the Association elected at the Annual
    General Meeting of the Association. To be eligible to serve on the Board a person
    must hold a PAI B Licence or higher licence, or be a Jump Pilot member of the PAI.
  3. The members of the Board shall be the Directors of the Association. The following
    three officers of the association, the Chairperson, the Secretary and the Treasurer
    shall be appointed at the Annual General Meeting by the membership entitled to
    vote. Other officers may be appointed by the Board from among its members as it
    shall from time to time decide.

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a. The members of the Board shall be elected individually by open
voting of the Ordinary Members present and entitled to vote at the Annual
General Meeting of the Association.
b. All members of the Board shall hold office until the next Annual General
Meeting when they shall retire but shall be eligible for re-nomination.

  1. Only current members of the association shall be eligible to hold office as a member
    of the Board or of its Committees.
    30.
    a. Subject to Article 37 a Director of the Board shall hold office only so long as
    he continues to be an officer or member of the Board of the Association.
    b. The Board of the Association may from time to time appoint any current
    member of the Association who holds a PAI ‘B’ licence or higher licence or is
    a Jump Pilot member of the PAI to be a member of the Board either to fill a
    casual vacancy or by way of any addition to the Board provided that the
    prescribed maximum be not exceeded and may from time to time remove any
    member of the Board.
    c. Any such appointment or removal shall be by instrument in writing signed by
    two members of the Board of the Association acting in pursuance of a
    resolution in that behalf passed at a meeting of such Board and shall take
    effect upon being lodged at the Companies Office together with a copy of
    such resolution certified by the Secretary of the Association to be a true copy
    thereof.
    d. In the event of the Chairperson, Secretary or Treasurer vacating office,
    for any reason, in mid-term, the Board shall appoint a suitably-qualified
    member, holding a ‘B’ Licence or higher, or a Jump Pilot member of the
    PAI, to fill the vacancy until the following Annual General Meeting.

POWERS OF THE BOARD

  1. The Board may exercise all the powers of the Association to borrow money and to
    mortgage or charge its undertaking and property or any part thereof and to issue
    debentures, debenture stock and other securities whether outright or as security for
    any debt, liability or obligation of the Association or of any third party.
  2. The business of the Association shall be managed by the Board who may pay all
    expenses incurred in promoting and registering the Company, and may exercise all
    such powers of the Company as are not by the Act or by these articles required to be
    exercised by the Company in general meeting subject nevertheless to the provisions
    of the Act and of these articles and to such directions being not inconsistent with the
    aforesaid provisions as may be given by the Company in general meeting but no
    direction given by the Company in general meetings shall invalidate any prior act of
    the Board which would have been valid if that direction had not been given.
  3. The Board may from time to time and at any time by power of attorney appoint any
    Company, firm or person or body of persons, whether nominated directly or indirectly

by the Board to be the attorney or attorneys of the Company for such purposes and
with such powers, authorities and discretions (not exceeding those vested in or
exercisable by the Board under these articles) and for such period and subject to
such conditions as they may think fit and any such powers of attorney may contain
such provisions for the protection and convenience of persons dealing with any such
attorney as the Board may think fit and may also authorise any such attorney to
delegate all or any of the powers, authorities and discretions vested in him.

  1. All cheques, promissory notes, drafts, bills of exchange and other negotiable
    instruments and all receipts for monies paid to the Association shall be signed drawn,
    accepted, endorsed or otherwise executed, as the case may be, by such person or
    persons and in such manner as the Board shall, from time to time by resolution,
    determine.

MINUTES OF THE BOARD AND COMMITTEES

  1. The Board shall cause minutes to be made: –
    a. of all appointments of officers made by the Board.
    b. of the names of the Board members present at each meeting of the Board
    and of any Committee of the Board.
    c. of all resolutions and proceedings at all meetings of the Association and of
    the Board and of any Committee of the Board.
    d. The minutes of all General Meetings, of Ordinary Meetings of the Board and
    of its Committees, shall be available to the members of the Association
    subject to the exception outlined in (e) below.
    e. Subject to the spirit and provisions of the Freedom of Information Act and the
    Data Protection Act, the Board of the PAI or one of its Committees may
    record confidential items separately, such record to be kept by the Secretary.
    f. Members of the association may attend, as observers, all meetings of the
    Board of the PAI.

VACATING OF THE BOARD

  1. The continuing members of the Board may act notwithstanding any vacancy in their
    numbers provided always that in case the members of the Board shall at any time be
    reduced to less than the minimum number prescribed by this Constitution it shall be
    lawful for them to act as a Board for the purpose of summoning a general meeting
    but not for any other purpose.
  2. The office of a member of the Board shall be vacated
    a. if he is adjudicated bankrupt in the State or Northern Ireland or Great Britain
    or makes any arrangements or composition with his creditors generally; or
    b. becomes prohibited from being a director by reason of any order made under
    section 132 of the Act;-or
    c. becomes of unsound mind; or
    d. resigns his office by notice in writing to the Association; or

e. if he is removed from office in accordance with the provision of ; this
Constitution; or
f. if directly or indirectly interested in any contract with the Association and fails
to declare the nature of his interest in manner required by Section 231 of
the Act.

PROCEDURES AT MEETINGS OF THE BOARD

  1. A director may vote in respect of any contract in which he is interested or any matter
    arising there out.
  2. The Board may meet together for the despatch of business, adjourn or otherwise
    regulate their meeting as they think fit. Questions arising at any meeting shall be
    decided by a majority of votes. Where there is an equality of votes the Chairperson
    shall have a second or casting vote. A member of the Board may and the Secretary
    on the requisition of a member of the Board shall at any time summon a meeting of
    the Board. If the Board so resolves it shall not be necessary to give notice of a
    meeting of the Board to any member of the Board who being resident in the Republic
    of Ireland is for the time being absent from the Republic of Ireland.
  3. The quorum necessary for the transaction of the business of the Board may be fixed
    by the Board and unless so fixed shall be four.
  4. The Chairperson shall preside at all meetings of the Board at which he shall be
    present. If at any meeting the Chairperson be not present within five minutes after
    the time appointed for holding a meeting, the members of the Board present shall
    choose someone of their number to be Chairperson of that meeting.
  5. A meeting of the members of the Board for the time being at which a quorum is
    present shall be competent to exercise all the authorities, powers and discretions by
    or under the regulations of the Association for the time being vested in the Board
    generally.

PAI COMMITTEES AND THE BOARD: THE SAFETY AND TRAINING PANEL
43.
a. The Board may delegate any of its powers to Committees consisting of such
members of the Board as it thinks fit and any Committee so formed shall
conform to any regulations imposed on it by the Board, and shall be
subordinate to it.
b. The meeting and proceedings of any such Committee shall be governed by
the provisions of these procedures for the regulation of the meetings and
proceedings of the Board so far as applicable and so far as the same shall
not be superseded by any regulations made by the Board as aforesaid.
c. The chair of any Committee shall be drawn from among the membership of
the Board. In addition the Board may appoint from among the general current
membership of the association other members of the Committee who are not
elected or nominated members of the Board.

d. A Safety and Training Panel shall be a permanent forum within the PAI
e. The Safety and Training Panel shall report to the PAI Board of Directors.
f. The Safety and Training Panel shall meet as required, to address
specific issues as they arise. A written record shall be kept of
decisions made.
g. The Safety and Training Panel shall elect a Chairperson from
among its members. This person must as a minimum, be the holder of a PAI
Instructor, Senior Rigger or Tandem Master Rating and be a current PAI
member.
h. The members of the PAI Safety and Training Panel shall be – all current PAI
members holding a PAI Instructor rating, Tandem Master rating or Rigger
rating, and Jump Pilot members of PAI.
i. Each year the PAI Safety and Training Panel shall also elect a
Safety & Training Officer. To be elected to this position a person must be a
current member of the PAI and must, as a minimum, be the holder of a
current PAI Coach, Instructor, Rigger or Tandem Master rating, which rating
has been held for at least two years.

DEFECTS

  1. All acts bona fide done by any meeting of the Board or any Committee or by any
    person acting as a member of the Board shall, notwithstanding it be afterwards
    discovered that there was some defect in the appointment of any such member or
    person acting as aforesaid or that they or any of them were disqualified, be as valid
    as if every such person had been duly appointed and was qualified and had
    continued to be a member of the Board.
  2. A resolution in writing signed by all members for the time being of the Board or of any
    Committee shall be as valid and effectual as if it has been passed at a meeting of the
    Board or of such Committee duly convened and constituted.
  3. An officer appointed by the membership at the Annual General Meeting may be
    removed from office by the Board in accordance with the provisions of Clauses 30
    and 37. Officers of the Association are not entitled to remuneration for their services.
    However they may recoup reasonable and necessary expenses from the Treasurer
    of the Association upon the furnishing of appropriate, full and original receipts.
  4. A provision of the Act or these articles requiring or authorising a thing to be done or
    to a director and the secretary shall not be satisfied by its being done by or to the
    same person acting both as director and as, or in the place of, the secretary.

COMPANY SEAL

  1. The seal shall be used only by the authority of the Board or of a Committee
    authorised by the Board in that behalf, and every instrument to which the seal shall

be affixed shall be signed by a member of the Board and shall be countersigned by
the secretary or by a second member of the Board or by some other person
appointed by the Board for the purpose and in favour of any purchaser or person
bona fide dealing with the Association, such signatures shall be conclusive evidence
of the fact that the seal has been properly affixed.

ACCOUNTS

  1. The board shall keep adequate accounting records and prepare financial statements
    which give a true and fair view of the state of the assets, liabilities and financial
    position of the Company at the end of its financial year and of its profit or loss for
    such a year and otherwise comply with the provisions of Companies Act 2014
    relating to financial statements so far as they are applicable to the Company.
  2. The books of account shall be kept at such place as the Board think fit, and shall at
    all reasonable times be open to the inspection of the Board.
  3. A copy of the financial statements (as required by the Companies Act 2014)
    which are to be laid before the annual general meeting of the Association together
    with a copy of the Board’s report shall not less than twenty one days before the date
    of the annual general meeting be made available to every person entitled under the
    provisions of the Act to receive them.

NOTICES

  1. A notice may be given by the Association to any member either personally or by
    sending it by post to him to his registered address, or by electronic transmission.
    Where a notice is sent by post service of the notice shall be deemed to be effected
    by properly addressing, prepaying and posting a letter containing the notice, and to
    have been effected in the case of a notice of a meeting at the expiration of 24 hours
    after the letter containing the same is posted and in any other case at the time at
    which the letter would be delivered in the ordinary course of post.
  2. Notice of every Annual General Meeting shall be given in any manner hereinbefore
    authorised to:-
    a. Every member.
    b. Every person being a personal representative or the Official Assignee in a
    bankruptcy of a member where the member but for his death or bankruptcy
    would be entitled to receive notice of the meeting; and
    c. The auditor for the time being of the Association.
    No other person shall be entitled to receive notice of general meetings.

WINDING UP OF THE ASSOCIATION

  1. On the winding up of the Company, and assets and records shall be handed, for use

as it sees fit, to the National Aero Club of Ireland (NACI) or the Irish FAI-affiliated
body then in existence.
No assets shall be distributed between the Directors or members of the Company.

We confirm that this Constitution was passed at an Extraordinary General
Meeting of the Parachute Association of Ireland Limited by Guarantee,
held –
at – Highfield Golf Club, Dublin Road, Edenderry, Co. Offaly
on – Friday, 15 September 2017
Name Officer Status Signature
Chairperson /Director _________________
Director _________________
Secretary/Director _________________

© 2017 ThePAI.org All Rights Reserved | Company Reg. No. 126082 | Listhomasroe,
Ballintober, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon F45 AY19, Ireland.

Article 6 C was amended at the AGM of the Parachute Association of Ireland Company
Limited by Guarantee, held 11 October 2019 at Highfield Golf Club, Edenderry, Co.
Offaly.

NOTE – The Constitution of the Company is available on the website of the Parachute
Association of Ireland Company Limited by Guarantee.
A copy of the Constitution of the Company can be inspected at the office of the Secretary at
any reasonable time.