2017 UPAC National Convention information

The 2017 UPAC Convention will be held on August 18, 19, and 20, 2017 at Lubitz Flying Field (CLB2 in the CFS).

Confirmed for the 2017 UPAC National convention

Icom Canada   www.icomcanada.com

Clarion Drone Academy Inc sales@clariondrones.com

Fisher Flying Products   www.fisherflying.com

Sport Aircraft Brokers Ltd.  www.sportaircraftbrokers.com

Ikarus Flight Centre www.ikarus.ca

John Baker’s Auto Service  www.rotacrepair.ca

Sonex Aircraft/ Toronto Aerosports    www.torontoaerosport.com

CASAIR  www.casair.info

Zenair   www.zenair.com

Aircraft Mfg Floats  www.myfloats.com

Lux Air Services  www.luxairservice.com

O2Fly  stevesdrainage@execulink.com

Savage Aircraft Sales Canada   tcianfarani@hotmail.com

Smart Pilot  www.smartpilot.ca

Aeroplanes DAR www.aeroplanesdar.ca

Kevin Moore Photography kevinwmoorephotography@hotmail.ca

Aircraft Spruce & Specialty www.aircraftspruce.ca

C-Plan Insurance http://bit.ly/2vlr04b

Vortex Aviation Inc  www.vortexaviation.ca

Flight Schools on site

Ontario Advanced Ultralights  www.advancedultralights.com

Lift Off Aviation   http://liftoffaviation.com

Aerotrike Aviation  www.aerotrikeaviation.net

Toronto Aerosports   www.torontoaerosport.com

Harpreet Walia   pilotharry@yahoo.com

Other Appreciated Supporters

Hamilton Aero Club hamaeroclub@hotmail.com

Tiger Boys  www.tigerboys.com

Hammond Aviation www.hammondaviation.com

Fred Gayford Carbon Composites  www.carbonfiberviolin.com

MacPat Rotac macpat@live.ca

Sleeman Brewies www.sleemanbreweries.ca

Argo Canada  www.argoatv.com

Schikel’s Legacy www.schinkels.ca


Official activities start with the Convention Kickoff chili supper at 5:30 pm Friday August 18th.   Live dinner music will be provided by Music by Firelight. Supper is followed by the movie ‘Pearl.’

Saturday is the big day with breakfast starting at 6:30. Seminars start at 9:00.  The draw for the fabulous prizes donated by our generous exhibitors and supporters will start around 12:30. Get your tickets early (you must be present to win).

After lunch, a couple more seminars will be followed by the UPAC Annual General Meeting at 3:30.

Activities continue Saturday night with a Spaghetti supper at 5:30 pm. Once again Music by Firelight will serenade diners.  After supper, the movie “The Boy Who Flew with Condors” will be shown followed by a live performance with Music by Firelight.

Seminars will continue Sunday morning. Things wind down around noon on Sunday when attendees start heading home.

Many planes and people arrive early to help with final preparations. The aerodrome is open for normal operations and demo flights will be available throughout the weekend. Food is available on-site all weekend.

Special for 2017 

Become Current at the Convention  At 9 am Saturday morning,  NAV CANADA London Flight Information Centre specialist Rob Elford will present a seminar entitled Summer Flying.

This seminar qualifies attendees for the 2 year  ‘Recency’ under CARs 421.05(2)(c). Bring your Pilot License number and logbook if you would like a sticker.

Get your Radio License or if you already have it, get ‘Refreshed’ at the Convention!

At 9:30 on Sunday morning, August 20, Gord Millar will review radio procedures.  PLUS, if you do not already have your radio operators certificate (officially the Restricted Operator Certificate With Aeronautical Qualification (ROC-A)), Gord is authorized by Industry Canada to administer the required test and will do so after the review.

Be forewarned: If you want to pass the test, you will need to do some studying before hand. See http://bit.ly/2rjbelH for the Study Guide and other info. Pass the test, submit the application and get your certificate in the mail.

Let us know in advance so we can have the correct number of exams printed.  Contact  HYPERLINK “mailto:convention@upac.ca” convention@upac.ca


Lubitz Field is a farm strip located to the west of the Kitchener/Cambridge area of   southern Ontario. The farm is about 13 air miles SW of the Waterloo Regional Airport (CYKF), about 20 air miles ESE of Stratford Airport (CYSA) and about 16 air miles NNW of Brantford Airport (CYFD). It’s about an hour’s drive west of Toronto and about 45 minutes east of London. GPS Coordinates are N43°18.3’; W80° 32.9’. The mailing address is Bright but the nearest town is Plattsville. The physical address is 907289 Township Rd. #12 in Blandford-Blenheim Township, Oxford County.

Find it on Google Earth by typing in ‘907289 Twp. Rd. 12, Ontario, Canada’. When your curser hovers over the little airplane symbol, the name Plattsville Aerodrome should come up.

There is no charge for admission, for exhibiting, or for camping. However, we do ask for donations.

Donations and proceeds from draw tickets are used to offset the costs of fuel and maintenance for the chain saws, weed eaters, lawn mowers, and tractors which are used to prepare the runway, taxiway, parking and camping areas and to help offset costs of construction and maintenance of the showers and outhouses and the pay for the port-a-potties.

Aerodrome Operations

The airstrip is open for normal operations during the convention. Use proper circuit procedures at all times.

There is an unmanned UNICOM on the field. If you want to use a radio to broadcast position reports or to monitor traffic, the frequency for use at Lubitz Flying Field is 123.2.

Be aware that 5 other frequencies can be in use in the area. Do not assume that everyone can hear you or that you can hear everyone else.

There will be many NORDO aircraft who will not hear you broadcast your intentions. Keep a sharp look out for other aircraft at all times!

The east-west grass runway is 1980 ft. long and 80 ft wide with clear approaches. There is a parallel taxiway south of the runway. South of that (from east to west) there is a 4 bay hangar, a row of T-hangars, a white arch building, and a rectangular hangar. All buildings have white roofs.

There are three non-standard wind socks. One is located at the east end of the 4 bay hangar; another is on top of the large rectangular hangar, and the last one is at the NE corner of the fenced pasture. You will also see Canadian flags on fence posts and in various locations on the grounds.

Field elevation is 980 feet ASL, circuits are left-hand and at 500 ft. for ultralights and at 1000 ft for conventional aircraft. Adjust your speeds and watch for other aircraft!

Cautions: Skyward Balloons may be launching from the airfield on Friday and Saturday nights and Saturday and Sunday mornings.

PLUS  Foot-launched powered paragliders may be operating in the early morning  and evening.

Flying to the Convention

The aerodrome is open for normal operations during the convention. Be sure to keep an eye out for other aircraft. It’s a “see and be seen” situation! Proper circuit procedures are important, especially in high traffic areas.

Bring your own tie downs and two-stroke oil.  We can supply auto gasoline on request, but there is no aviation fuel.

Be sure to carry the proper documents for your aircraft (CofA, CofR, insurance, pilot permit/ license, medical, etc). Make sure the data plate matches the documents and that your placards are in place.

If you are coming from the northeast, be aware that the Waterloo International Airport Control Zone is Class C; you need a functioning Mode C transponder as well as a radio to enter the control zone. With no transponder, you will have to go around the Control Zone or go over it. The Control Zone extends upwards to 3,000 ft AGL or 4,000 ft. ASL, so you’ll need to be higher than that. Be aware that there is also transponder airspace at 6,500 ft. AGL and above.

All aircraft must be tied down!

Under-Wing Camping

There is an area at the east end of the T-hangars for pilots who want to set up a tent under the wing of their aircraft. Alternatively, we can transport you and your camping gear to the other camping areas.

If you want to camp under the wing of your aircraft or if you are exhibiting an aircraft and wish to do demonstration flights, let the marshaller know when you arrive.

After you shut down, please sign in at pilot registration and get an up-to-date itinerary.

Driving to the Convention

The airfield is about an hour’s drive west of Toronto along the 401 and about 45 minutes east of London. GPS Coordinates are N43°18.3’; W80° 32.9’.

When you get off the 401, look for the UPAC Convention signs; we should have them on the roads before the convention – hopefully by Wednesday August 16th. In case you arrive before the signs go up, the directions are:

from the EAST…

Take the 401 west to exit #268 – Plattsville and Ayr. At the light, turn left and follow Cedar Creek Rd (also called regional road 97/Oxford Rd. 8) towards Plattsville. At the third crossroad, (Blenheim Rd.), turn left. At the next corner, Township Road 12, turn right. Follow this gravel road about one mile, across an iron bridge. The mailbox is on the right just as you come off the bridge. The 911-identifier is 907289. Turn right into the lane and follow the instructions for parking or camping.

from the WEST…

Take the 401 east to exit 250, Drumbo and go to Drumbo. At the 4-way stop in the middle of Drumbo, turn left towards Washington. Go over the 401, then a river, to Township Rd. 12. Turn right onto this gravel road and go about two miles to an iron bridge. The mailbox is on the left just before the bridge. The 911-identifier number is 907289. Turn left into the lane and follow the instructions for parking or camping.

from the SOUTH…

Take the 403 west past Brantford to the exit for Brant Country Road 25 and go right. At the ‘T’ intersection, turn left and then take the first right onto County Road 3 to Princeton and continue north to Drumbo. At the 4-way stop in Drumbo, go straight ahead towards Washington. Before you get to Washington, turn right onto Township Road 12, go two miles on this gravel road to an iron bridge. The mailbox is on the left just before the bridge. The 911 identifier number is 907289. Turn left into the lane and follow the instructions for parking or camping.

from the NORTH…

From highways 7 and 8, take the exit for Regional Road 12 to New Dundee. Drive south, go through New Dundee, then down and up the hill to the ‘T’ intersection (the Waterloo/Oxford line) Turn right and then take the first left at the bottom of the hill onto Oxford Road 43. Follow this road to the stop sign at County Road 8, also called Cedar Creek Rd and Highway 97. Go straight ahead and at the next corner, Township Road 12, turn right. Follow this gravel road about one mile, cross the iron bridge. The mailbox is on the right just as you come off the bridge. The 911-identifier is 907289.   Turn right into the lane and follow the instructions for parking or camping.

Camping – Tents, RVs, Motorhomes

UPAC invites members, friends, family, and guests to make a weekend of it and enjoy the camping areas on the convention grounds!  There is no charge for camping, but a donations are requested to cover the costs incurred in cleaning up the area, keeping the grass cut and for the Port-a-potties that have to be rented.

Camping will be available starting the weekend prior to the convention for those who come early to help with final preparations. Conditions are “primitive” which means no running water or hydro, only outhouses and port-a-potties. There are no hookups and no pump out facilities. Water is limited. Fill your water tanks before you arrive. Primitive showers are located near the UPAC headquarters building. If the volunteers get them up in time, the water may even be warm.

Outhouses and port-a-potties will be strategically placed near camping and parking areas.

The main camping area is an open field on high and dry ground. Bring your own shade.

Keep late night and early morning noise to a minimum to make everyone’s stay more comfortable.

Remember to bring insect repellent and sun  screen!

Turn off generators between 10 PM and 6:30AM.

Please treat the campgrounds as though they were your own backyard. Pick up any trash you find, even if it’s not yours.


Whether or not campfires are allowed will depend on the conditions. If the grass is very dry, campfires will not be allowed. Grass fires can spread very quickly! Ask when you register.

If campfires are allowed, here are the rules:

Dig a pit to ensure stray sparks are controlled.

Never leave a burning campfire unattended.

Have water or sand available to put the fire out.

Fill in your fire pit before you leave.

The River

The Nith River runs beside the property. At this time of the year, water temperature is warm and the water depth is usually very shallow, however there are deeper areas so approach the river with caution!

A reminder to parents: You are responsible for your children at all times, especially when they are near or in the water!

Wireless Internet

For your convenience, there is wireless Internet access in and around the UPAC HQ building and the camping area west of the HQ building. Wireless Internet is also available at Convention Central for exhibitors and pilots in the under wing camping area.

Bandwidth is limited; you will not able to watch on-line movies or play games, but you should be able to check email and access weather information.


Pets are allowed but they must be leashed at all times. Dogs running loose can disturb convention attendees. It is your responsibility to make sure your pet does not disturb others. Remember to stoop and scoop.


The Cafe Les Aires will be open for the chili kick-off supper around 5:00 on Friday night and stay open for a couple hours.

The coffee will be on at 6 am Saturday morning with breakfast being served shortly thereafter. You can get breakfast until 10:30 when the Cafe will close to clean up for lunch.

You will be able to get burgers, hot dogs, and coffee or pop from 1100 on.  We’re trying to bring back the popular Schnitzel and potato salad lunch this year. We’ll  have to wait and see.

The pasta supper will start around 5:00 Saturday night.  The Cafe will close around 7:30.

The Sunday morning breakfast schedule is a repeat of Saturday’s schedule. Burgers and hot dogs will be available until about 1 pm.

Local Area family restaurants include Shakers in Plattsville, Twice Around Diner in Drumbo, and Bucky’s Coffee Shop in Ayr.

Convenience and hardware stores for food and sundries are about 10 minutes away in New Dundee, Ayr, and Plattsville. Larger grocery, clothing and hardware stores are about 30 minutes away in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and Woodstock.

Prize Draw

The draw for our fabulous prizes will begin at 12:30 on Saturday. The prize list will be posted Saturday morning and the prizes can be viewed at the east end of the Arch building where you can also buy your draw tickets. Tickets will be on sale on Saturday morning. Get yours early!

Last minute donations will be gratefully accepted. Drop them off at the east end of the Arch where it and the donor’s name will be added to the list. The draw will take place at the east end of the Arch on Saturday at 12:30. You need to buy your tickets before the draw and you must be present to win.

Local Attractions

For the non-aviation minded, consider using the convention site (or a local hotel) as a base to explore Waterloo Region and Oxford County. There are Farmers’ Markets in nearby Cambridge, Kitchener, St. Jacobs, and Woodstock on Saturday. They usually open early and close around noon, the exception being the St. Jacobs Farmers Market which is open until 2 p.m.

For the history buff, Doon Pioneer Village and the Joseph Schneider Hause, both in Kitchener, have weekend activities that take you back to the time the area was first settled by Mennonites from Pennsylvania. Enjoy a drive through Mennonite country. Drive over the last remaining covered bridge in Ontario in West Montrose.

There are several factory outlet centers, the St. Jacobs Farmers Market and Outlet Stores north of Waterloo and Southworks in downtown Cambridge. There are a number of regional shopping malls and several ‘big box’ centers in Kitchener Waterloo, Cambridge and Woodstock.

Recreational activities are available at Bingaman’s. Nearby YMCA locations are in Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, and Woodstock.

Oxford County is noted for its farms and agricultural products. There are ‘pick your own’ farms for those who may be interested in picking fruits and vegetables and farmers markets for those who want to buy them already picked. See http://www.tourismoxford.ca.

For more information about what is available locally, check out the web sites for the surrounding areas: Cambridge, www.cambridgetourism.com; Kitchener/Waterloo www.kwtourism.ca  and www.kitchener.ca; St. Jacobs, Ontario (Mennonite Country) www.stjacobs.com and www.woolwich.ca; Paris, Ontario www.downtownparis.ca; Brantford, Ontario www.visitbrantford.ca and www.brantford.ca/tourism


There is no official convention hotel. Check the internet for information on hotels located in or near Kitchener, Cambridge,  Waterloo, and Woodstock.