This year’s UPAC convention was held the weekend of August 17th-19th, 2018. As usual, Lubitz Field was a beehive of activity in the lead up to the gathering as volunteers worked feverishly to get everything ready for the influx of attendees. This year was especially busy since a windstorm earlier in the summer had damaged some of the buildings and repairs were still being made, including erecting several new, more comfortable outhouses (aka “Taj Ma-Holes”) for guests to use when Nature Calls.
The weather wasn’t good in the days before the event which made the task even more difficult. A few intrepid pilots also flew in during the week including trike pilots Cathy Montgomery and Peter Baker from Peterborough. Adrian Van Loenen also arrived in his Geo trike. As you may recall he usually tours around southern Ontario enroute to the convention but this year made a dash from near Kingston direct to Lubitz Field due to the weather.
There was concern as well about the weekend forecast which initially called for marginal conditions. As it turned out, by Saturday morning skies had cleared and winds were light, leading to a large number of aircraft arrivals throughout the day.
In addition, a large number of visitors arrived by car and the campground was also reasonably full. There was a good selection of exhibitor booths with all kinds of products and services including new aircraft, avionics, aircraft parts, engine maintenance, flying schools and clubs, flight museums and aviation photography. It was a veritable smorgasbord for aviation buffs! In addition to viewing exhibits and the wide assortment of aircraft.
Attendees were able to enjoy a full program of seminars beginning Saturday morning with an interesting safety presentation by Ludovic Masson from Transport Canada. As the newly assigned TC inspector for ultralight issues, he provided some statistics regarding ultralight accidents and discussed TC’s recent General Aviation Safety Campaign.
This was followed by Adrian Van Loenen who described his trike, in particular his Geo engine installation.
At noon there was a break for lunch at Café Les Aires with hamburgers, hot dogs, and schnitzel. As everyone enjoyed their meals, the draw for the prizes began. Lauren Lee announced the Ludovic Masson from Transport Canada talks safety during his seminar Adrian Van Loenen points out features on his Geo trike 8 September 2018 winning ticket numbers which was quickly follow-ed by a steady stream of lucky ticket holders at the Arch, waiting to receive their prizes, which ranged from gift certificates to all kinds of aviation gear and even an ICOM radio See the complete list of prizes in this issue.
After lunch, the seminars resumed. Glider Instructor and Private Pilot, Mark Araujo presented his audience with Glider Lessons for Ultralight Pilots. This was followed by Fred Gayford’s presention on Composite techniques. The UPAC Annual General Meeting was the inal activity in the seminar hangar. President Kathy Lubitz reported on the state of the organization. UPAC’s financial information was provided by Trudy Grier and the Bushhawk’s writing award was presented by TJ Lilliman and Lauren Lee to Adrian Van Loenen (he’s everywhere!). Two new UPAC directors, Gord Dyck and Lionel Richer, were elected for a two year term. All in all, UPAC seems to be very healthy.
Throughout the day all kinds of aircraft were in the circuit – arriving, doing intro flights and fly bys, and finally departing. There will be a list with pictures next month. As the afternoon wore on, the crowd began to thin and the official program ended. Many of the attendees enjoyed dinner and were serenaded by the talented Lauren Lee. As the wind calmed down the powered paragliders took to the sky with the setting sun as a beautiful backdrop.
As darkness fell, the popcorn popped, the movie started, followed by live entertainment as campers socialized in the campground. It was a great end to a fantastic day!
Sunday morning was fog enshrouded to start but the mist quickly burned off and the PPG pilots resumed their aerial antics. The program began with a radio licence training seminar by Gord Millar. It was a great refresher for some and a chance to get their radio licence for others.
During the morning, most people continued socializing and then reluctantly packed up, said their farewells and departed by car and by air.
In the end, the 2018 UPAC was a huge success. Thanks very much to all the attendees and especially to all the volunteers. See you again next year!
There were 5 aircraft dealers and over 60 aircraft on site this year. The foot launched powered paragliders were the smallest; a Piper Warrior was the largest. There were weight shift trikes, powered parachutes and lots of three axis ultralights.
Canadian ultralight manufacturers and dealers on the field during the 2018 convention
-Zenair and Aircraft Float Manufacturers represented by Michael Heintz.
-Fisher Flying Products and Canadian D-Motor repreestned by Dave Hertner
-Comco’s Ikarus represented by the Ikarus Flight Centre.
-Sport Aircraft Brokers featuring the Aerolite 103 and BushCat
-Flight Design Canada represented the CT line of aircraft
-Airborne Australia, weight shift trikes, represented by Aerotrike Aviation
The Tiger Boys’ Aeroplane Works & Flying Museum in Guelph, ON was well represented with their De Haviland Tiger Moth, Taylor J2 Cub, Pietenpol Aircamper and Fleet Finch.
The UPAC convention is the place to see a large variety of Canadian ultralights and homebuilts. In 2018 the following makes and models were on the field over convention weekend.
Aeronca K, Champ, Chief
American Champion Citrabria
Best Off Skyranger & Nynja
Cessna 140 and 150
De Haviland Tiger Moth
Fisher Dakota Hawk
Kolb Mark 3
Piper J3, J4, Vagabond, Clipper, Pacer, Cherokee and Arrow
Progressive Aerodyne Searey
Quad City Challenger
Quicksilver MX, MX II, GT400, and GT 500
Rans S7 Courier, S14 Airaile
Spectrum Beaver RX 35, 550, and 650
Taylor J2 Cub
Thatcher CX 4
Vans RV 4
Zenair 601, 701, 750, CH 200, and CH 300
Zlin Savage Cub
Weight shift control trikes included an Airborne 912X Edge and the Geo Trike.
Numerous powered parachutes, both foot launch and with trike carts, were also flying.
Information about Rotax 2 and 4 stroke engines was available from Phil Belanger, CASAIR, and from John Baker, Rotac Repair.