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Sponsored by:

Texas Turbines
Romero Sports & Leisure
Archant Dialogue

BPA Skydive the Expo Overnight Accommodation

Orchard Hotel

The De Vere Orchard Hotel is located adjacent to the East Midlands Conference Centre.

The BPA bed and breakfast rate is £60 inc VAT for single occupancy room or £72 inc VAT for a twin or double room.

The BPA rate is subject to availability, and is offered only for one or more nights stay on Thursday 26, Friday 27 and Saturday 28 January 2017.

Note, Saturday 28 January 2017 is now fully booked.

How to book online at the De Vere Orchard Hotel:

  1. Go to deverevenues.co.uk
  2. Click on 'Find a venue'
  3. Select Midlands, then select East Midlands Conference Centre & Orchard Hotel or use the direct link http://www.deverevenues.co.uk/en/venues/east-midlands-conference-centre-orchard-hotel/
  4. Enter date/s - Thurs 26 and/or Fri 27 and/or Sat 28 January 2017
  5. Select number of rooms
  6. Select number of occupants
  7. Select promo code type 'Promotion'
  8. Enter BPA online code 'NCBPAB'
  9. Check availability
  10. Book!

Good luck!

Alternatively, phone the Orchard Hotel direct on 0115 876 0900 and quote 'BPA 2017'

For other accommodation options, please see experiencenottinghamshire.com/stay. Alternative hotels nearby:

Local taxi companies:

  • DG Cars: 0115 950 0500
  • Nottingham Cars: 0115 970 0700
  • Trent Cars: 0115 950 5050
  • Cabline Taxis: 0115 922 5226
  • Cable Cars: 0115 922 9229

BPA Skydive the Expo Seminars

Click here to download the full programme*

*Please note that this may be subject to change.

We have a packed schedule of seminars and our planned speakers include...


    Mary Barratt

    Three easy ways to improve your canopy skills

    A seminar for anyone who is thinking about flying safely in crowded skies, dealing with in-air issues such as collisions, adding more tools to their canopy control box, improving understanding of turbulence and other canopy-related concerns.


    James La Barrie

    Beyond Marketing

    How to win and keep skydiving sponsors without being a World Champion

    BPA Skydive the Expo welcomes back James La Barrie, an international speaker who is passionate about marketing and the skydiving industry. As a former dropzone manager, he is the antithesis of most marketing professionals. He doesn't believe that great marketing starts with throwing money at an advertising campaign, but rather implements techniques in word of mouth, social media, company culture and world-class branding to create a connection with guests that drives the bottom line. In an age where millennials are a DZ's most sought-after customers, James La Barrie's style of marketing is tailor-made for creating trust with a generation of consumers who are true digital natives.


    Bobby Bishop & Lisa Morris

    Texas Turbine Conversions / Honeywell

    The History and Making of the TPE331 in Skydiving

    Bobby Bishop, President of Texas Turbine Conversions, and Lisa Morris, TPE331 Product Line Director at Honeywell

    Honeywell will present information regarding the simple and robust design of the TPE331 engine that has served the Turboprop industry for more than 50 years. This engine has a unique architecture that propels the industry to new heights. See how this engine has the ability to get you to higher altitudes faster than others in the industry while using less fuel and providing longer range. You’ll be able to experience the history of applications of this engine and enjoy learning about the exciting opportunities you can experience with the power of the TPE331 turbine engine.


    Willy Boeykens


    How air pressure turbulence influences AAD activation timing

    AADs work by measuring air pressure. That tells us the altitude and, when combined with time, gives us our vertical speed too. Because we're always moving, turning and changing body position in freefall, plus the fact that the AAD is placed on our back inside the rig, there is always turbulence around the AAD. This has a big influence on the precision of the altitude and freefall speed we are at during our skydive...


    Steffen Frost

    Innhopps in Namibia

    Last November, I was part of a pair of trips to Namibia where we jumped across the country. The whole philosophy of the trip was to be immersed and completely alert to all the sensations and new surroundings. We made landings across landscapes that included dunes, canyons, river beds, safari lodges, craters, beaches and bushmen carvings and we spotted rhinos and elephants under canopy.

    This is a great way to experience a new country and every aspect of the experience was fresh and awe-inspiring. Watch our short documentary at BPA Skydive the Expo.


    Lesley Gale

    Sneaky World Record

    How 'Women on Wings' set five European Records and two Women's World Records in FS Sequential – surprising participants who thought they'd 'only' signed up for a Euro Record! Reading between the lines of the Sequential Rules, planning an event for success, Calamity Catalogue, the Day of Busts and the Key of the Century!


    Tom Parker

    Sun Path

    Packing the Javelin Odyssey Reserve with Skyhook

    Tom started skydiving in 1991 and become a United States FAA Senior Rigger in 1997, which is when he started working for Sun Path Products, Inc. In 1999, he earned his Master Rigger Certification and has since worked in every imaginable facet of parachute rigging. His knowledge and oversight was used extensively in drop testing performed by the United States Department of Defense. Tom has completed more than 5,000 reserve inspection and repacks and continues to manage the Sport Engineering Department at Sun Path Products, Inc. Currently, Tom is an active participant in the Parachute Industry Association and is a standing member of the Technical, Rigging and Ethics Committees.

BPA reserves the right to change or cancel sessions in the event of the unavailability of speakers

BPA Skydive the Expo Exhibitors



BPA Gala Dinner

Date: Saturday 28th January 2017

Time: 19:30 for 20:00

Dress code: Dress will be dinner jacket or suit and tie for men and evening wear for ladies.



Sun Blush Tomato & Mascarpone Tart with Herb Salad
Braised Beef, Blue Cheese Dumplings, Roasted Carrots & Onions
or vegetarian option (available only if ordered at time of booking)
Papardelle, Peas, Broad Beans & Dolcelatte (v)
Bread & Butter Pudding with Orange Cream
Coffee & Mints


Ticket price: Dinner tickets cost £29.95 each and must be ordered in advance from the BPA Office. Click here to download the booking form

Seating will be in rounds of 10, tables may be reserved if booking 10 tickets at the same time. If the vegetarian option (V) is required, it must be requested on booking. Please advise on booking of any special dietary requirements, of which we shall notify the venue.

The dinner will be followed by entertainment and a DJ. Entertainment will include Grounded, a rock cover band, and Grant Saunders - hypnotist.


Grounded are a classic rock covers band that perform well-known anthems from the fifties to the present day, interspersed with a few incongruous wildcards! Comprised of skydivers, they are fun, entertaining, engaging, live and loud.

Grounded - a rock cover band

Grant Saunders - Hypnotist

Stage and comedy hypnotist Grant Saunders offers a fast-paced rollercoaster of a modern stage hypnotism show that will have audiences from all walks of life laughing and talking about it for years.

Grant uses the power we all have locked in our minds to create a fun-filled and action-packed stage hypnosis show where almost anything is possible. He is a professional stage hypnotist who has spent years perfecting his technique to hypnotise, mesmerise, entertain and amaze as he guides you into a world where dreams become reality.

Grant has spent the last 15 years entertaining people and developing his unique brand of comedy stage hypnosis. One of only a few full-time comedy stage hypnotists, he is considered by many to be one of the top stage hypnotists in the UK and he has even been invited to perform at Balmoral Castle. He offers a fresh new look at a world that has been shrouded in mystery for years and does this in a hilarious, modern and down-to-earth way.

Grant Saunders - Hypnotist

BPA Skydive the Expo Contact Us

To find out more about how to be an exhibitor at BPA Skydive the Expo 2017 and about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Marie Reynolds at Eventpro UK on 01509 610452

For all general enquiries about BPA and its activities, contact (+44 00 116 from outside the UK) 0116 278 5271 or email skydive@bpa.org.uk

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