Top Pilots – Top Tips!
Matthew was recognized as a regional finalist in the 2011 Webster Memorial Trophy Competition. Representing the Western Ontario Region, Matthew earned his place as a regional finalist in the Webster Trophy Competition that recognizes Top Amateur Pilots in Canada every year.
Webster Memorial Trophy Competition
The Webster Memorial Trophy Competition is in memory of John C. Webster. Sadly, John C. Webster lost his life in 1931 in an aircraft accident while practicing to represent Canada in an aerobatic flying competition.
The Webster Trophy Competition was established in 1932 in memory of John, and it is a well respected Aviation Competition that recognizes outstanding amateur pilots from across Canada.
Top 10 Pilot Tips
Exclusive to LearnToFly.ca, the Webster Trophy Regional Finalists are invited to share their Top 10 Pilot Tips. This series is designed to help student pilots and existing pilots to learn from tips shared by top amateur aviators.
Matthew Duplan shares his Top 10 Pilot Tips
Matthew was happy to share his Top 10 Pilot Tips, and he hopes these tips can help other aviators (and future aviators) to be better and safer pilots.
Matthew’s Top 10 List:
- Stay ahead of your aircraft. There is nothing worse than trying to play catch up, especially if you’re lost.
- Fly the airplane. When it all comes down to it, stop what you’re doing and fly the airplane.
- Always be prepared.
- Treat every flight like it’s your flight test.
- Aviate, Navigate, Communicate!!
- If you have any questions ASK!!! Whether it’s to clarify a clearance with ATC (Air Traffic Control) or a question to your instructor, make sure you ask.
- Know your limits and don’t push them.
- Don’t burn any bridges. The aviation industry is small, it could come back to bite you.
- Be professional.
- Make sure you have fun!!
Western Ontario Regional Finalist
Matthew Duplan, the Western Ontario Regional Finalist in the 2011 Webster Trophy Competition, trained at the Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre located in Waterloo, Ontario.
Pilot License and Ratings
When Matthew competed in the Webster Trophy competition, he had his Private Pilot License (PPL) with both a Night Rating and Multi Engine Rating. He’s already accumulated the hours required to obtain his Commercial Pilot License, and he is working on his Multi IFR Rating.
Matthew plans to obtain his Flight Instructor rating, and he looks forward to piloting in Northern Canada, and ultimately becoming a pilot with a major airline. His success in the Webster Memorial Trophy Competition is a great asset, and his placing as a Regional Finalist will be well recognized by employers in the Aviation field.
Matthew learned to fly at the Waterloo Flying Club, in Waterloo, Ontario, in 2010. By 2011, Matthew had already been recognized for his aviation accomplishments by becoming a Regional Finalist in the Webster Trophy Competition.
Matthew Duplan is planning an Aviation Career as a Pilot. Learning to fly was always a passion for Matthew as he was growing up. When he was younger, he would go out to the airport in London, Ontario to watch the planes take-off and land.
University of Waterloo
Flying became a reality for Matthew when we was accepted in the University of Waterloo Geography and Aviation Program.
The University of Waterloo and the Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre work together to provide students with an academic degree and also the flight training to earn their wings. Graduating students are well prepared with both the knowledge and the skills to begin a promising career in aviation. Their degree coupled with their pilot license and ratings, makes them great candidates for employment in the field they love – AVIATION!
Matthew Duplan – Regional Finalist
Congratulations to Matthew Duplan, the Western Ontario Regional Finalist in the 2011 Webster Memorial Trophy Competition. Thanks for your Top 10 Pilot Tips, and quoting your Tip #10… “Make sure you have fun!!”