Airport Events

Manitoba Air Show 2016

We are pleased to announce that on June 4th, 2016, Manitobans will have the opportunity to experience the Largest Airshow in this province in nearly a decade! We are proud that the Manitoba Air Show 2016 will take place at our airport and attract people from all over the province.  

This year’s MB Airshow will feature exciting aerobatics displays by the Snowbirds and our own Canadian Forces CF-18 Demo Team. As well, spectators will be treated to invigorating and adrenaline pumping demonstrations by the Sky Hawks Parachute Team, and a search and rescue demonstration involving our Canadian Forces Search and Rescue Technicians (SAR Techs) and a CC-130 Hercules!

In addition to the heart stopping displays of aviation and military excellence, the airshow will also feature a variety of static and cultural displays that are sure to create excitement at any age! Including;

• Model Aircraft

• RC Vehicles

• Classic Car/ Vintage Motorcycle Show

• Army Vehicles/ Weaponry

• Grass Roots Aviation Display

• Recruitment/ Career Fair

• The Traveller’s Fashion Show

• Artisan Market

• Beer Garden

• Local music and cuisine

Please contact the MB 99er's for further information - mbairshow@gmail.com or visit with the website at www.universe.com/mbairshow.

If you are looking for accommodations for the weekend, there are rooms available at our state-of-the-art Barker Building, http://southport.ca/44/barker-building. Call today to make your reservation - 204-428-6030. 

UAV Student Competition

Student Unmanned Aerial Systems Competition – Record Registration

January 28, 2016 – Southport, MB  

Students at Canadian Universities have responded in record numbers to the 2016 Unmanned Systems Canada Student UAS Competition. A total of 18 teams from across Canada have registered for the event. First time competitors from Western, Guelph and McGill will add excitement and new input to the 9th annual challenge. In search of a greater competitive edge, Concordia, McGIll and Toronto have each registered two teams. The competition takes place in two phases with Phase I, a design report from each team due January 15, 2016 and Phase II, the flying demonstration, April 29th – May 1st, 2016 hosted at Southport. To be eligible, students must be registered in a full time program at a Canadian university or college, and design and successfully fly their UAS.

The purpose of the competitions is to promote and develop Canadian expertise and experience in unmanned systems technologies at the university and college levels. Teams will be graded on the quality and completeness of their design report and the results of the aerial demonstrations – there will be separate prizes for each phase.

To give the students real life UAS experience, the scenario for this competition combines problems encountered by the agriculture sector. Each team is a “company” hired to use their UAS to determine the health of a local farmer’s crops. They must identify the crops’ location, type and health and map them with an airborne sensor system. The farmer accepts the validity of using crop probes to measure soil conditions in specific locations to validate the aerial results obtained via the image system. Various symbols and small structures are set out in the flying zone to simulate the scenario. A written report on the findings is also submitted to the judges.

The competition is designed and judged by a dedicated group of Unmanned Systems Canada experts, and supported by local volunteers and industry sponsors. Through various student activities, the association is helping to foster greater success in Canadian UVS ventures.

Once again, Southport will open its doors to host the competition. This thriving community, an hour west of Winnipeg, features an airport, aviation and aerospace training facilities, and on-site accommodation that allow easy access for early morning starts and late night discussions.

Thanks to enthusiasm and support from past sponsors, the competition has been able to raise the bar and increasingly attract first class teams with innovative ideas. The competition serves as a job interview scenario and a number of UAS competitors have been hired by a sponsoring company. Sponsorship opportunities are available. To become involved as a sponsor as we support and celebrate the best and brightest of the Canadians UAS sector, contact dmitchell@southport.ca or 204-428-6038.

To find out more details about the event, you can also visit https://unmannedsystems.ca/home/students/student-competition-details/

Chinook Visit2015 Chinook Visit

This summer, three Chinooks landed at Southport Airport and the students and instructors on site had an opportunity to tour these huge helicopters. The Chinooks came from Ottawa and were on a cross country tour.