Finalists to Compete at Grondair in Saint-Frédéric, Quebec
Congratulations to the nine finalists in the 2011 Webster Memorial Trophy Competition. These finalists will compete for the coveted title as Canada’s Top Amateur Pilot of 2011. The final round of the competition will take place August 17-20, 2011 at Grondair in Saint-Frédéric, Quebec City.
This year, the Webster Trophy Competition broke the 100 plus Milestone with 105 applicants competing for the trophy. Applicants came from across Canada representing many Flight Schools to compete in the Regional phase of the competition. The nine top candidates will move forward to compete for the final prize and right to claim the John C. Webster Trophy and Bronze Webster Medallion.
Sponsors and Supporters
Thanks to all the wonderful Sponsors and Supporters of the competition who helped make 2011 an incredible year with over 100 applicants competing. LearnToFly.ca is a proud Supporter of the Webster Memorial Trophy Competition, and we were very excited to see this 100+ Milestone achieved this year.
The 100+ Milestone achievement is shared with all the participating Flight Training Units who encouraged their student pilots to join the competition. One of the main sponsors of the Webster Trophy Competition is Air Canada. Thanks are extended to all of the supporters and sponsors who provided many forms of support including financial assistance, prizes, media coverage and posters. This 100+ Milestone achievement could not have been accomplished without the overwhelming support and involvement of everyone involved.
The Top 9 Regonial Finalists
- British Columbia: Michael Wieclawek, Pacific Flying Club (Delta, BC)
- Alberta: Kevin Aalders, Centennial Flight Centre
- Saskatchewan: Lindsay Bowers, Regina Flying Club
- Manitoba: Cody Neil, Harv’s Air
- Western Ontario: Matthew Duplan, Waterloo-Wellington Flying Club
- Central Ontario: Oliver Darroch, Spectrum Airways
- Eastern Ontario: Joshua Shea, Ottawa Flying Club
- Quebec: Mathieu Beaumier, Cargair
- Atlantic: Justin Mailman, Moncton Flight Centre
John C. Webster
The Webster Memorial Trophy Competition is held each year in memory of the late John Webster. Sadly, John died in a fatal airplane accident in 1931 while practicing his aerobatic flying routine to represent Canada in the Trans-Canada Air Pageant.
Saint-Frédéric, Quebec City
The Top 9 Regional Finalists will compete in August, 2011 at Grondair in Saint-Frédéric, Quebec. These finalists will meet together and compete for the title of Top Amateur Pilot in Canada.
Download the Webster Memorial Trophy Competition Poster for the 2011 Finals. This poster nicely captures the warm spirit and traditional feel of this eighty year old competition. (Download the French Version of the Poster) Please share this poster with everyone you know, and tell them about the Webster Trophy Competition.
The Webster Trophy resides permanently at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa. The Rockcliffe Flying Club has been chosen as the host school for the event and preparations are already under way for a major celebration, banquet and awards ceremony.
Early Bird Draw Winners
Webster competitors are encouraged to enter early. By waiting too long, many potential competitors miss the competition deadline. The applicant’s submission may be delayed due to unexpected delays in completing the required flight tests because of weather, scheduling or aircraft maintenance. To avoid disappointment, candidates are encouraged to enter long before the deadline approaches.
As an incentive, Early Bird Prizes are awarded.
The 2011 Early Bird Draw Winners
- Zachary Belanger – An HME-110 headset donated by Sennheiser
- Ryan Costello – Brightline Aviator Flight Bag donated by Aviation World
- Christopher Kincaid – A one year subscription to WINGS magazine
- Nigel MacLennan – Set of Aviator Sunglasses donated by COPA
- Howard Leung – Pilot Licence Holder donated by COPA
- Martin Nadeau – Royal Mint Commemorative Coin donated by WINGS magazine
With over 100 qualified candidates entering the Webster Trophy Competition this year, it was important to also recognize the hard work of the many dedicated Flight Instructors from Flight Schools across the country.
It takes many dedicated flight instructors to teach the eager student pilots and private pilots who compete in the Webster Competition each year. The tireless Flight Instructors help the individuals to prepare for the competition and be better candidates for the Top Amateur Pilot award.
Flight Instructor Draw
In order to honour the hard work of the Flight Instructors, a separate Flight Instructor Draw was established. The Flight Instructors named in the Applicant’s packages are eligible for recognition and prizes.
With the help of supporting organizations, the Flight Instructor Draw included wonderful prizes donated this year.
Congratulations and thanks to the Flight Instructors who helped to instruct and prepare the student pilots who competed in the 2011 Webster Memorial Trophy Competition.
2011 Flight Instructor Draw Winners
- Tahara MacDonald, Moncton Flight College – HME – 110 headset donated by Sennheiser
- Jeff Davy, Ottawa Flying Club – Brightline Aviator Flight Bag donated by Aviation World
- Kamna Subedi, Seneca College – A one year subscription to WINGS magazine
- Steve Hause, Sault College – Set of Aviator Sunglasses donated by COPA
- Fred Neufeld, St. Thomas Flight Centre – Pilot Licence Holder donated by COPA
- Andrew Simpson, Ottawa Flying Club – Royal Mint Commemorative Coin Set
Moncton Flight College – MFC
Congratulations to the Moncton Flight College (MFC) in Moncton, New Brunswick.
2011 Webster Sennheiser Scholarship
Moncton Flight College (MFC) is the winner of the 2011 Webster Sennheiser Scholarship.
The Webster/Sennheiser Scholarship is donated by Sennheiser Canada and it’s awarded on an annual basis. This Scholarship is awarded to the Flight Training Unit that encourages and produces the greatest number of competitors into the annual Webster Memorial Trophy Competition.
Valued at $3,000, the Scholarship is used for advanced training of Webster Competitors from their Flight Training School. The winning school may divide up the Scholarship funds to offer continued, advanced flight training for 1-4 of the current year Webster Competitors from their school.
Last year, the Webster Sennheiser Scholarship was won by the Waterloo-Wellington Flying Club. This year, congratulations go to the Moncton Flight College (MFC). The presentation of the scholarship will be formally made at the ATAC Convention held in November in Montreal.
Top Ten Pilot Tips
LearnToFly.ca is pleased to continue our Top Ten Pilot Tips Series again this year. We have the Top Finalists from the Webster Memorial Trophy Competition each year submit to us their Top Ten Pilot Tips.
We share these Top Ten Pilot Tips with our visitors to help them become better pilots. As a student pilot, private pilot or commercial pilot, you can always benefit from words of advice from Top Pilots across Canada.
Be a Better Pilot
Strive to always be a better pilot. You never stop learning, and our Top 10 Pilot Tips Series will give you access to the best tips from the best pilots. We look forward to receiving these Top 10 Lists from this years Finalists, and we will share them with you as soon as we can.
Congratulations to the Webster Memorial Trophy Competition for hitting the 100+ Candidates this year, and congratulations to the Top Nine Regional Finalists. Also, congrats go out to the Webster Early Bird Draw Winners and the Flight Instructor Draw Winners. And, congratulations to the Moncton Flight College (MFC) for winning the Webster Sennheiser Scholarship this year.
2011 has been a great year for the Webster Memorial Trophy Competition, and we look forward to the Finals to be held at Grondair in Saint-Frédéric, Quebec City this August.
Who will be the Top Amateur Pilot in Canada for 2011?
Good Luck to all the Finalists!