Off to a Resounding Start!
Already 21 Competitors
The 2011 Webster Memorial Trophy Competition is off to a great start with twenty one approved competitors already signed up.
Normally, applications for this annual competition do not start to arrive until the end of February. Even then, there are usually only a few early applications in the beginning of the year, with most of the applicants coming in much later. As the inviting spring weather approaches, pilots are thinking more about the fun of flying. That’s typically when the number of competitors builds progressively until the application cut-off date in June.
It’s great to see there are already twenty-one competitors who have already applied and been accepted for this year’s competition. This is an excellent indicator of the awareness that the programme has generated recently and of the high degree of interest in participation by the aviation community.
Webster Memorial Trophy Competition
LearnToFly.ca is a proud supporter of the Webster Trophy Competition, and we are very excited about the great response for 2011. We encourage all Private Pilots to consider entering this excellent competition. This annual competition is open to Private Pilots in Canada. James Pouget was the 2010 winner of the Webster Trophy, and you could be the winner for 2011. But, first, you must apply!
2011 Target: 100+ Competitors
The Webster Team is striving to encourage a record number of competitors this year. They hope to break the 100 mark and by these early signs it seems to be a distinct possibility.
Helpful Pilot Tips
The Top Amateur Pilots from the 2010 Webster Trophy Competition have some Helpful Pilot Tips for this year’s competitors. Be certain to browse these Top 10 Tips from last year’s Top Pilots if you want the inside scoop on how to succeed as a top pilot.
We’re thankful for the insightful and helpful tips from these top pilots, and we hope the tips they have compiled will help you become Canada’s Top Amateur Pilot for 2011.
June 15 2011
The Webster competition is a year-long event. It officially begins on June 16th of each year with applications being accepted for the annual competition. The applications are accepted until midnight EDT on the following June 15th. At that time, the nine regional finalists are determined and then announced on the next day. The competitors must complete and submit the application package, including the associated flight test reports, before the deadline to qualify. The national portion of the competition takes place in late August to determine the status of Top Amateur Pilot in Canada for the respective year.
Flight Training Units
The number of Flight Training Units participating in the Webster Trophy Competition increases significantly ever year. The flight schools have the added benefit of potential extra training revenue when their customers (pilots and student pilots) request additional flight training hours to prepare for the competition. The Flight Training Units can proactively encourage their members and customers to join the competition. These flight schools can also suggest the applicants book some additional training hours to compete more successfully in the competition.
Flight Training Units may also win the Webster/Sennheiser annual award of $3,000. This goes to the Flight Training Unit that successfully encourages the greatest number of pilots to enter. This award in turn is then applied to the additional training of up to four of the school’s applicants.
Extra Flight Training Revenue
Many Flight Training Units have come up with innovative ways of encouraging their members and students to participate. Some flight schools are offering cash bonuses to their instructors who encourage students to enter the Webster Trophy Competition. One school came up with the idea to then increase the Instructor bonus if their entrant(s) becomes a finalist and again if their entrant(s) becomes the winner.
One Flight Training Unit’s CFI is encouraging many of their excellent students to enter at the time of completing their flight test and applying for their licence. Another school is absorbing the administration fee of $25 to enter so that they can encourage their customers to enter. All these innovative ideas have been generated by the schools themselves adding to the overall excitement of the programme.
Young and Old
The Webster Memorial Trophy Competition is open to all amateur powered-pilots in Canada who hold a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) or higher, regardless of their age or experience. The competition is both challenging and fun.
The competition has many benefits for all the competitors. They can test their skills, and in many cases enhance their safety through some additional preparation and training. The process also renews potential recency requirements for pilots.
For the competitors who become finalists, they receive great recognition within the aviation community across Canada. For private pilots considering a career in aviation, the contest could open numerous doors of opportunity.
This year the national portion of the competition takes place in Quebec, specifically being hosted by Grondair from August 17th to August 20th, 2011.
The 2011 Webster Memorial Trophy Competition
Submit your Application today.
Private Pilots are encouraged to join the 2011 Webster Memorial Trophy Competition.
If you hold your PPL, look into this year’s competition. If you know a Private Pilot, or have a student Pilot you are teaching, then please tell them about this great competition.
Details about the competition are available online.
Download the application and information package at WebsterTrophy.ca
Will you be the Top Amateur Pilot in Canada for 2011?
Good Luck to all Webster Trophy Competitors!