Are you the Top Amateur Pilot in Canada?
This annual competition was started in 1932, and it’s committed to finding and recognizing the Top Amateur Pilots from across Canada. It was interrupted once by World War II and again in 1954 due to escalating administrative costs. The Webster Competition was reactivated in 1980 with the support of sponsors, and a dedicated and hard working team. This important competition continues its annual commitment to locating and declaring Canada’s Top Amateur Pilot each year.
The Webster Trophy Competition is recognized as a national sporting event by the Canadian Sport Aeroplane Association (CSAA) and the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI).
The Webster Trophy Competition is one of Canada’s most prestigious aviation events, and it is ideal for Amateur pilots aspiring to a career in aviation. Winners of Webster Trophy are recognized for their incredible achievement in aviation.
Doctor J. C. Webster of Shediac, New Brunswick established the John C. Webster Memorial Trophy Competition to perpetuate the memory of his late son, John.
Sadly, John Webster lost his life in an aircraft accident at St. Hubert, Quebec. John was practicing his aerobatic flying to represent Canada in the Trans-Canada Air Pageant. One month before his death, in July 1931, John represented Canada in the King’s Cup Air Race in England flying his Curtiss-Reid Rambler.
The Webster Trophy and Webster Medallion
The Webster Trophy is prominently displayed at the National Aviation Museum in Ottawa. Every year, for the Webster Memorial Trophy Presentation Banquet, the Trophy is made available for a symbolic presentation to the winner. It is then returned to its home at the National Aviation Museum.
The renowned Canadian sculptor Robert Tait MacKenzie (1867-1938) designed the Webster Trophy. The trophy is an elegant bronze figure depicting the mythical Greek god, Icarus and it symbolically represents youth and flight.
The John Webster Medal for Good Airmanship
The Webster Medallion is a carefully crafted bronze medallion depicting the Webster Trophy figure, and the inscription “The John Webster Medal for Good Airmanship”.
Webster Memorial Trophy Awards
Amateur Pilots are encouraged to enter the competition. The applicants will be part of a great tradition, and the Top Amateur Pilots in Canada will be recognized and receive awards.
Pictured here, 2008 Runner-Up, Trevor LeMarquand is congratulated by Webster Judge Don Fisher. You can see the beautifully framed print depicting John Webster’s aircraft.
The recognition alone is worthy of entering the competition. But, in addition to the fantastic recognition in the field of Aviation, the top pilots will receive significant awards.
- The Webster Memorial Trophy: symbolically presented to the Top Amateur Pilot in Canada
- The beautiful John C. Webster bronze medallion, depicting the Webster Trophy
- An Air Canada pass for two, valid anywhere within the Air Canada system
- A beautifully framed print depicting John Webster’s aircraft, painted by Robert Bradford – one of Canada’s foremost aviation artists
- A deluxe noise-cancelling headset donated by Sennheiser Canada Inc.
- A professional development day with the Snowbirds Aerobatic Team
- Hamiltion X-Wind Aviator’s Watch ($1,800 Value) courtesy of Hamilton Watches
- A cheque to assist pilot training courtesy of the Air Canada Pilots Association
- The Eunice Carter Memorial Award, symbolically presented for “Excellence in overall piloting skills”
- An engraved plaque indicating the runner-up as a recipient of the Eunice Carter Memorial Award
- A beautifully framed print depicting John Webster’s aircraft painted by Robert Bradford – one of Canada’s foremost aviation artists
- A noise-cancelling headset donated by Sennheiser Canada, Inc.
- Hamiltion Khaki Pilot Watch ($1,000 Value) courtesy of Hamilton Watches
- A personalized log-book courtesy of Aviation World
- A personalized plaque denoting their participation in the competition
- Hamiltion Khaki Pilot Watch ($1,000 Value) courtesy of Hamilton Watches
- Personalized lithographs from the current Snowbirds Team
- One year membership to COPA
- One year subscription to WINGS
A Webster Competitor is an Amateur Pilot with a Professional Attitude.
The Webster Memorial Trophy Competition strives to encourage excellence in amateur piloting skills. The competition is a non-profit organization dedicated to declaring the Top Amateur Pilot in Canada every year.
The competition is open to any Canadian citizen, British subject, or landed immigrant who holds a valid Canadian private or commercial pilot licence. The competition is designed for Amateur pilots only. As such, any pilot who has used their licence for hire or reward within the last 5 years, or who has received flight instruction through the Canadian Armed Forces (except Air Cadets), or who has previously won the competition cannot compete.
The Webster Trophy Competition applicants must complete a Webster Regional Flight Test, or submit a copy of your recent Private or Commercial Flight Test Report.
Sponsors and Supporters
The Webster Memorial Trophy Competition thanks its generous sponsors and supporters including:
- Air Canada
- Air Cadet League of Canada
- Air Canada Pilots Association
- Air Canada JAZZ
- Airline Pilots Association International
- Air Transport Association of Canada
- Association Quebecoise du Transport Aerien (AQTA)
- Aviation World
- Brampton Flight Centre
- Calgary Flying Club
- Canada Aviation Museum
- COPA (Canadian Owners and Pilots Association)
- Flightline Training Services
- Hamilton Watches
- J. Goss and Associates
- LearnToFly Inc.
- Moncton Flight College
- Nav Canada
- Online Single-Pilot Resource Management
- Ottawa Flying Club
- PHD Creative Thinking
- Plein Vol
- Robert Bradford
- SAAB Aircraft Leasing
- Canadian Forces Snowbirds
- The Ninety-Nines
- Transport Canada
- Vintage Wings
The competition provides finalists with national exposure to senior officials and other dignitaries within the aviation industry. In fact, Canada’s aviation employers often search for air crew by watching the annual Webster Competition to select potential new hires.
Air Canada has hired many Webster Trophy Winners and other finalists after meeting certain employment criteria. Other Webster Trophy Winners have been offered flying positions within the Canadian aviation industry and elsewhere in the world. By entering this competition, the Amateur Pilot has the potential benefit of securing future employment within the competitive aviation field.
Information Package and Application Form
Interested Amateur Pilots are encouraged to review the Information Package and Application Form. These are available from the Webster Memorial Trophy Competition Website. For complete contact details, and the entire application form, contact the Webster Team.
All Ages Welcome
The competition is open to pilots of all ages. Regardless of how long you have been a pilot, you are invited to apply as long as you are an amateur pilot. If you are a recent Aviation college graduate, or a freshly licensed pilot, or even a seasoned long-time pilot, you are encourgaged to join the competition. It’s a great way to enhance your aviation safety, and challenge yourself. It’s great fun, and a great way to renew your recency requirements.
Contact the Webster Team
Amy Foy is the contact for registering for the competition, or to obtain additional information.
Webster Memorial Trophy Competition
1086 Grenon Ave.,
Prove it to your Peers!
If you are an Amateur Pilot, enter the Webster Memorial Trophy Competition! Let everyone know, that YOU are the Top Amateur Pilot in Canada!