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Airport Events

Airshow Coming to Western Manitoba

November 14, 2017 - Southport, MB
The sky over Southport Airport will become a lot busier for one weekend next summer.

Southport Aerospace Centre Inc. (Southport) and KF Aerospace are partnering to host the Manitoba Airshow at Southport Airport on July 7-8, 2018. The Manitoba Airshow will feature aerial performances, static aircraft displays and ground-level entertainment that is suitable for all ages. Southport Airport is located 3 km south of Portage la Prairie, and approximately 70 km west of Winnipeg on the Trans-Canada highway.

Steps are being taken to ensure that attending the 2018 Manitoba Airshow will be a seamless and smooth experience. The event will be held over two days, with performances on each day to accommodate more guests attending the event. Those in attendance will experience more performers, more parking, and more services on site.

Southport and KF Aerospace both have experience hosting airshows and are confident that the 2018 Manitoba Airshow will be one of the most awe-inspiring events of the summer.

More details about the event, including the performers and ticketing information will be released on the event website:

For information contact:

Peggy May, CEO 
Southport Aerospace Centre Inc. 
(204) 428-6030


Peter Fedak, Site Manager 
KF Aerospace
(204) 428-2500

Previous Events

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 or 204-428-6038.

To find out more details about the event, you can also visit