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Ultralight Pilots of Canada Association Fly-in 2017
By Kevin Moore, Contributing Editor & Photographer,
Watford, Ontario, Canada
Beautiful amphib Rans Coyote II on final for Lubitz Field.
Every year in August, UPAC holds a convention & fly-in at Lubitz Field (CLB2) in Plattsville, Ontario, just a few short flying miles from Waterloo, Ontario. Their grass strip is just shy of 2000' with a line of several hangars on the south side that also houses a small outdoor kitchen where one can enjoy a delicious breakfast (lunch & dinner as well) during the fly-in.
The author's booth at the convention, Kevin W. Moore Photography,
selling an assortment of canvas and other prints.
During the convention, several people and/or organisations are invited to give seminars ranging from Rotax engine repair to building wing ribs to aviation photography and more. There are also a number of vendors who are offered the opportunity to set up a booth to flog their wares.
Beautiful little Corben holding it low after take off.
Many different types of aircraft fly-in for the weekend long event, some just for the day and some just for a meal, from ultralights to aeroplanes, there's quite an eclectic mix that venture to Lubitz Field just to enjoy the flight too and from the grass strip.
Rans Coyote II with amphib floats made a visit to the event.
Among some of the ultralight aircraft that made the visit was a very nicely built Rans Coyote II on amphib floats. The Rans Coyote II is an American designed side-by-side seating aircraft that can be built as a tricycle gear or taildragger aeroplane and can also be flown with skis for winter aviating. Depending on the builder, the Coyote II can be fitted with anything from a Rotax 503 to a 912 or a Sauer S 2200 UL 4-stroke engine.
Another lovely little Ultralight aircraft that made the trip was this 2-seat,
side-by-side, Junior Ace.
A little Junior Ace made the trip for the Saturday of the fly-in. The Junior Ace is based on a 1950s design that appeared in Popular Mechanics magazine and was a redesign of the Corben Baby Ace. Though not designed for overly long distance flights, with an average cruise speed of about 80mph, it's a fun little aeroplane for a hop around the patch or fun, slow flight for breakfast or lunch at a local airstrip.
This Piper Arrow flew in from the Kitchener-Waterloo area for the day.
Many private pilots also visit the fly-in from all over southern Ontario including this Piper PA28 Arrow. The Piper Arrow was derived from the Piper Cherokee and is one of many Piper aircraft that came to being from the lowly Cherokee. The Arrow, which first appeared on the market in 1967, was designed to compete with the Mooney, which had a base price that was almost $1400 more than the base Arrow model. Though slower than the Mooney, it tends to use less runway for take off, has a more benign stall and still cruises at 130-143mph, depending on engine and model.
The speedy Beech Bonanza V-tail was in for a visit from Waterloo Airport (CYKF).
The Beech Bonanza first flew in post-war 1945 and went into production in 1947. It was designed with a "v-tail" whereby the rudder and elevator are combined, known as a "ruddervator." Unfortunately, this unique tail configuration also made the V-tail Bonanza a more difficult aircraft to fly requiring a greater skill set from its pilots. The aircraft was often referred to as the "Doctor killer" and "forked-tail Doctor killer" due to the number of fatal accidents that occurred. It's been in production, along with its conventional tail and its extended fuselage sister ships, for over 70 years with over 17,000 having been built. The V-tail Bonanza has an average cruise speed of roughly 200mph, a range of just under 1000nm and a service ceiling of over 18,000'.
The Fleet Finch was one of the more historic aircraft at the fly-in.
Owner & pilot, Cam Harrod (pictured above), flew in from Guelph Airpark (CNC4) in his beautiful Fleet Finch. The Finch was utilised by the BCATP (British Commonwealth Air Training Plan) during World War II, a program borne of necessity to train Commonwealth pilots and aircrews across Canada during World War II. The Finch was an elementary tandem, two-seat training aircraft that was built by Fleet Aircraft in Fort Erie, Ontario. There were almost 450 built though only a handful still exist today, two of which fly with the Tiger Boys in Guelph, Ontario. The Finch has a cruise speed of 85mph, a range of roughly 300 miles and a service ceiling of 10,500'.
Two speedy aircraft came in for the fly-in, the Van's RV-4 (left)
and the Skoczen SR-6 "Rocket" (right).
A couple of the faster aircraft that flew in for the day were a Van's RV-4 and a Skoczen SR-6 Rocket. Both aircraft are of low wing, tail-dragger design with fixed gear but both aircraft are very quick. The RV-4 is a two-place aircraft and the Rocket a single place and is based on the Van's RV-3. The RV-4 has a cruise speed of 200-213mph, depending on engine and the Rocket 230-260mph, depending on engine. The two aircraft types are very popular ameteur/homebuilts throughout North America.
The Zenair 701 (left) and the Ultravia Pelican Sport (right)
are two very different looking ultralight aircraft.
The Zenair 701, with its ungainly, sometimes considered, ugly, look is a true STOL aircraft with an average minimum take off distance, depending on engine, of 50' (solo) and 115' (dual) and cruise speed of only 80-90mph. It's a great aircraft for short, rough airstrips with tall trees or other objects one may need to climb over. The Ultravia Pelican Sport is a single place ultralight with a take off distance of 325' and a cruise speed of 100kts. The Pelican's design makes it a better aircraft for flying longer distances than the 701, but is also limited to flying in and out of approved, better maintained airstrips and airports.
Resembling a long-time favourite, the iconic Piper Cub, the Savage Cub has similar lines and performance to that of its predecessor.
The Savage Cub is a design based on the original Piper Cub/Super Cub, but is a more affordable homebuilt aircraft that has great performance and is used by many as a bush aircraft throughout the world. It is a 2-place, tandem aircraft with a cruise speed of just over 100mph, a stall speed of just 36mph with a take off distance of roughly 328'. The average build time is 450-550 hours though an experienced builder could put the aircraft together is less time.
Two other very different aircraft that made the trip to Lubitz Field were the Spezio Sport (left) and the Wittman Tailwind (right).
The Spezio Sport is another 2-seat, tandem aircraft with an open cockpit. It is a rear cockpit, solo flown aircraft but has dual controls. It has a welded, tube steel fuselage with wood stringers and a fabric covering. The wing spars and ribs are also wood with the wings and tail feathers covered with fabric. It has a cruise of roughly 120mph. The Wittman Tailwind is a high wing, brace cabin monoplane tail-dragger with tube fuselage and wood wings with a fabric covering. There are several variants to the Tailwind and, though rather boxy looking, it has a cruise speed of 180mph, maximum speed of 200mph and a service ceiling of over 16,000'.
Two other aircraft that came in for a visit where the Willy's (Cessna) 140 (Left)
and the Diamond DA40 (right).
The UPAC Convention & Fly-in is a wonderful place to meet and chat with like-minded people, interested in aviation whether building or flying. Many who attended, whether for the entire weekend or just for a day, browsed the vendors, took in a seminar and had a meal. The event helps to support UPAC and their efforts to make ultralight flying both safe and fun for all involved. Make plans to visit the 2018 UPAC Convention and fly-in!
The Rans Coyote II heading for home at the end of the day.

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Another ultralight that made the trip was the Rans Courier S-7S.

The Savage Cub passes by the hangar line and heads for home.

This de Havilland Tiger Moth flew in from Guelph, Ontario
and also flies with the Tiger Boys group.
By Kevin Moore, Contributing Editor & Photographer
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