2016 Convention Report

In spite of the forecast which put a bit of a damper on the 2016 UPAC Convention, the turnout was only a little bit and still we had over 60 planes come in during the weekend. While most stayed for the day, a few hardy souls camped under their wings.

Over 500 people arrived by car and some said they’d planned on flying in but changed their minds because of the forecast. Some who drove arrived in camping units or brought tents and stayed for the weekend. They wanted to be dry and be able to leave when they wanted and not get stuck by weather.

Two intrepid aviators came from quite a distance… John and Darren Scarlett flew in from Calgary, Alberta, John in his Titan Tornado and Darren in his RV 6. They spent 18 hours in the air over three days to get here. They gave a presentation on Saturday morning about their trip east to the convention.  We printed their story in Light flight.

Greg Evans arrived on Monday after 5 hours of flight time in his Earthstar Odyssey from Dunham, QC. He arrived early to get ahead of the rain that was forecast for mid-week.  Of course, we put him to work.

The weather was hot and humid with thunderstorms in the forecast; they held off while we had our Friday night Convention Kick-off Chili supper. Thank You  Tony Kelly and JoAnne Horton for the delicious chili. Thank You Jay Wang for the accompanying Greek salad. A special Thank You goes to Ralph Gingerich for  his homemade maple walnut ice cream which went well with John Scarlett’s 75th birthday cake for desert.

On Saturday morning, coffee was ready by 6:30. Mark Usik handled breakfast at the Cafe both Saturday and Sunday mornings, which meant he was the one getting up early to get the coffee on and the breakfast crew cooking. Thanks Mark.  Jim Mills once again brought his homemade breakfast baked beans which was a great accompaniment to the breakfast fare of Canadian bacon, scrambled eggs and toast.

The schnitzel dinner at lunch time on Saturday was a big hit. Thanks to Sami Fuchs and crew for making and cooking the schnitzel and to his wife Liz for making the potato salad. Two hundred servings were prepared and we ran out. We are hoping it will be available again next year.

Burgers and hot dogs were available all Saturday afternoon. The pasta supper with garlic bread and salad was a big hit. Thank You Tony Kelly for that treat!

Last but not least – a Huge Thank You to all of the Cafe volunteers who cooked, served, and cleaned up.  You kept everyone well fed and happy.

There was more to the convention than the food. There were seminars on Saturday morning first by John and Darren Scarlett on their epic flight from Calgary to CLB2 followed by Bruce McPherson of Clarion Drone Academy who filled his audience in on Transport Canada’s proposed drone requirements.

The Barnard family once again ran the draw at noon for the great prizes donated by businesses and individuals.  They did a great job as usual!

After lunch there were more seminars. The first was by the Bushhawks Liaison Squadron about formation flying; the seminar was as much about what not to do as it was about how to do it safely in light aircraft.

The second afternoon seminar featured John Baker of RotacRepair.com  demonstrating the rebuilding of the Bing Carburetors commonly used on Rotax 2-stroke engines.

The Annual General Meeting followed the seminars and after supper, the move Alaska was featured followed by live entertainment provided by Music by Firelight.  What a great way to end a very busy day!

Sunday was cooler and the hot coffee was very much appreciated along with the hot breakfast.  This was followed by more seminars. The first was given by the Airvinci crew.  Airvinci was one of the more unusual exhibitors.

This was followed by AA for Pilots (AA stands for Accidents Anonymous) where the pilots shared their experiences for the benefit of the others. We can’t report on what was said because what is discussed at AA stays at AA.

By noon, the scheduled programs were done and campers and flyers were heading out. The Cafe served burgers and hot dogs for those who were still hungry and stayed open while volunteers started the cleanup.

Have a look at some photos from the weekend. Bill Mackay posted his photos to his flicker account. Go directly to https://flic.kr/s/aHskC6zL5r   or get to them through his website www.billsphotography.info; click on About, then Flickr, then Albums, then UPAC Convention 2016.\

Gustavo Corujo posted his photos to his website: http://gusair.com/htdocs/html/ultralight16.html

Barnstormer Contributing Editor & Photographer Kevin Moore was here and posted his story in the Barnstormers eFlyer, Issue 455 dated November 15, 2016. Find it at http://www.barnstormers.com/eFLYER/2016/455-eFLYER-FA01-UPAC.html

Many others have uploaded convention photos to UPAC’s Facebook Group. It’s under Ultralight Pilots Association of Canada.

We’d like to extend our appreciation to those exhibitors who were on site and to those who contributed but didn’t get to the convention for the weekend.

On Site Exhibitors

Icom Canada                           www.icomcanada.com

Clarion Drone Academy Inc. www.clariondrones.com

Fisher Flying Products            www.fisherflying.com

Sport Aircraft Brokers Ltd.     www.sportaircraftbrokers.com

Ikarus Flight Centre/              www.sportplaneinc.com

John Baker’s Auto Service      www.rotacrepair.ca

Sonex Aircraft/ Toronto Aerosports  www.torontoaerosport.com

CASAIR                                 www.caisair.info

Zenair                                      www.zenair.com

Aircraft Mfg Floats                 www.myfloats.com

Lux Air Services                     www.luxairservice.com

Airvinci                                   www.airvinci.com

Aerotrike Aviation      www.aerotrikeaviation.net

Ontario Advanced Ultralights www.advancedultralights.com

Lift Off Aviation                     http://liftoffaviation.com

Harpreet Walia



Aircraft Spruce & Speciality   www.aircraftspruce.ca

All Star Resorts                       www.allstarresort.com

Tiger Boys                              www.tigerboys.com

Hammond Aviation                 www.hammondaviation.com

Sleeman Breweries                  www.sleemanbreweries.ca

Canadian Aviator Magazine    www.canadianaviator.com

Schinkel’s Legacy                    http://www.schinkels.ca

ARGO                                    www.argoatv.com

CD Sport Aviation                  https://www.facebook.com/pages/CD-Sport-


Hamilton Aero Club

Fred Gayford Carbon Composites

MacPat Rotac

It takes a community to put on an event like the UPAC Convention – an aviation community of  pilots,  supporters,  exhibitors, and especially individuals – who contribute in their own way make the annual UPAC Convention a success!  Our Thanks to all of you!  Without you, there would be no UPAC Convention.

The dates for 2017 are August 18, 19 and 20. See you then!