September 7, 2023

Ultralight Pilots Association holds annual convention

Jon Robinson

— Text and photos by Gus and Clara Corujo

The Ultralight Pilots Association of Canada hosted its convention during the third week of August. The event this year was held at Lubitz Field (CLB2), a farm strip located about 13 air miles southwest of the Waterloo Wellington Regional Airport (CYKF), about 20 air miles ESE of Stratford Airport (CYSA) and about 16 air miles NNW of Brantford Airport (CYFD).

The annual event is a significant highlight for ultralight pilots and enthusiasts across Canada. Activities this year began on Friday, August 18, at 5:30 pm with the Convention Kickoff Chili Supper. The Ultralight Pilots Association of Canada (UPAC) convention spanned three days at Lubitz Field, featuring a 1,980 foot long and 80 foot wide east-west grass runway. The convention drew large crowds, numerous planes, vendors, entertainment, camping opportunities and exceptional food.

Due to a prior commitment, we were only able to participate on Sunday, August 20. The day began on a challenging note, as heavy fog enveloped most of the region throughout the early morning hours. Finally, at around 8:45 am, the first aircraft landed on the field – Cam Harrod and his magnificent Fleet Finch.

They were soon joined by flyers from Flamborough airfield, including Olivia in the Baby Ace aircraft, as well as Brian, Scott, and John in their classic Pietenpol planes. The last aircraft to arrive was Stanley in his Piper J3C-65. Additionally, a few local aircraft took to the skies for their routine flights.