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Postby gdewsbury » Tue Nov 23, 2004 12:43 pm

my nephew went nuts with his camera at our convention.

http://helno.ca/upac2004?page=1

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Postby xgary » Tue Nov 23, 2004 1:03 pm

well well

nice pics there Glen

Did i miss it was did i see any lazairs?
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Postby gdewsbury » Sat Nov 27, 2004 11:04 am

Ya missed it. They're there, but only a couple showed up this year.
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Postby lazair » Sun Nov 28, 2004 7:49 am

Hi Glen, Thank you for the UPAC pictures. I am sure the Lubitz's put on another great show in support of hte Ultralight community of Canada.

What will be the venue for the 2005 UPAC convention ?

Also what licensing does Canadians need for the Ultralights vs the USA and the new Sport pilot regs?

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Postby gdewsbury » Wed Dec 08, 2004 12:28 am

The featured aircraft hasn't been descided for 2005. Any suggestions? 2004 was the Beaver & 2003 was our favorite Lazair. It has already been descided to repeat the recurrency seminars. A Canadian requirement for all pilots. Looks like we may include an Utralight Instructor course to be completed at next years Anual General Meeting in August. Details are still in the works. Let us know if you are interested. There will be more seminars like the ones we had this year like 'weight & balance', 'aircraft covering', 'aircraft & engine maintenace', 'welding' as well as 'safety seminars'.

Canadian Ultra light Pilots require a permit (not a licence) with a self declared medical. No passengers allowed except for training with an instructor or when 2 pilots fly together. Advanced Utralights may carry a passenger if the pilot has a recreational licence or higher and all the airplane papers are in place and valid. Modifications with out the manufacturers written acceptance negates the Advanced standing. Basic Ultralights them selves are in the self maintained catagory. That's up to 1200 pounds gross weight.

The US sport Pilot rules have generated quite a bit of discussion up here. The opinions on wether to adopt a similar category in Canada are quite varied. Some manufacturers are in favour since a lot of their market is in the US and this would give them comonality. Some ultralight pilots are not in favor. They are concerned that there will be an increase in regulation all round if the weights go up to Sport Catagory. As the splat factor increases and people start thinking about passengers Transport Canada gets nervus and starts looking at increased regulation for safety of the general public.
I would be interested in hearing the thoughts of other Canadian Ultralight Pilots on this topic.

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Postby xgary » Wed Dec 08, 2004 7:02 am

glenn , seeing that Lazairs have been featured already, I would assume that you want "the more the merrier" ?

Well what about a UPAC convention dedicated to the AVID FLYER , KITFOX and all the clones out there. There are thousands of them out there and most likely would be a huge turn out - weather permitting of course.


and on the regs..... homebuilt is a option too for some to fly with passengers but you need a private or higher. I think there is a recreational license now too but I not sure of what is involved for it. I think it like the us sport pilot kinda or maybe a PRIVATE PILOT LITE version ?
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