Andrew Woods is Top Amateur Pilot in Canada – 2012
Congratulations Andrew Woods!
Andrew Woods wins the prestigious Webster Memorial Trophy for 2012.
Andrew Woods flies out of Confederation College in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Andrew joins the ranks of being named the Top Amateur Pilot in Canada and winner of the Canada wide Webster Memorial Trophy Competition.
Western Ontario Region
The 2012 Webster winner, Andrew Woods, represents the Western Ontario Region, flying out of Thunder Bay, Ontario. The 2nd place, runner-up is Andrew Burns of British Columbia, representing the Coastal Pacific region of Canada.
The Two Andrews: Andrew Woods and Andrew Burns
Congratulations to Andrew Woods and Andrew Burns for their demonstrated skill and professionalism as the top two Amateur pilots (First and Second place winners) across Canada for 2012. The two “Andrews” are recognized for their piloting skills and aviation knowledge.
Canada Aviation and Space Museum
There were 96 competitors in the 2012 Webster Memorial Trophy Competition. From these, 9 competitors were chosen as the Regional Finalists, and the 9 finalists were invited to ‘Webster Week’ in Ottawa, Canada to compete for the coveted title of Canada’s Top Amateur Pilot of 2012. Webster Week concluded on Saturday August 18, 2012 with the Awards Banquet being held at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa, Ontario. The Webster Trophy is kept on display at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.
The Webster Trophy Awards Banquet was attended by 120 dignitaries and guests representing the Canadian Aviation Community and beyond. It was a great opportunity for the 9 Webster Finalists to meet and network with some of the top names in Aviation.
Air Canada has been a loyal supporter of the Webster Memorial Trophy Competition since 1980, and three top executives from Air Canada were on hand at the Awards Banquet. In addition, senior executives from Air Canada Jazz and also Air Transat were in attendance to represent their airlines and show support for the Webster Trophy Competition.
In addition to Air Canada, there are approximately 30 other supporters of the Webster Memorial Trophy Competition, including LearnToFly.ca. Thanks go out to all the supporters, sponsors, competitors and organizers of the competition. The entire Webster Team helped to make 2012 another great year for the competition.
Redbird FMX Full Motion Simulator
The 2012 Webster Competition introduced the use of Flight Training Devices (FTD) such as the Redbird FMX Full Motion Simulator as part of the air portion of the testing during Webster Week. The 9 Webster Finalists competed against one another and were challenged with written exams, interviews, flight tests in aircraft and flight tests in Flight Training Devices such as the Redbird FTD.
Flight Training Devices – Redbird Video
Flight Training Devices have become an essential and beneficial part of flight training. Watch this Redbird FMX Simulator Video to see how realistic these Flight Training Devices are, and you will see the benefit of using these for your flight training.
Andrew Burns - 2012 Webster Runner Up
The Webster Competition runner-up is Andrew Burns representing the region of British Columbia. Andrew flies with Coastal Pacific Aviation in Abbotsford. B.C., and Andrew is recognized for his aviation knowledge and skills as one of Canada’s Top Amateur pilots of 2012.
Congratulations are extended to all nine regional finalists in the Webster Trophy competition, and they all achieved a very high standard during the Webster Week challenges.
Rockcliffe Flying Club
Webster Week flying competitions were held at the Rockcliffe Flying Club (RFC) in Ottawa, Ontario. RFC was the host Flight School this year, and they provided resources and assisted with arrangements for the flying portions of the competition. The staff and volunteers from the Rockcliffe Flying Club did a fantastic job helping with transportation of competitors from the hotel to the Flying Club and other aviation ventures during Webster Week.
In addition to other prizes, Andrew Woods, winner of the 2012 Webster Trophy Award, received a very special one-of-a-kind prize.
In celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Webster Trophy, Hamilton Watches presented a very special watch to the competition winner. A custom designed, “Snowbirds Watch” was awarded to Andrew Woods.
Hamilton Watches is a proud supporter of the Webster Memorial Trophy Competition, and each year Hamilton Watches generously presents a series of their exquisite aviator watches to the 9 finalists. These precision aviator time pieces are valued in the thousands of dollars, and the top of the line X-Wind Watch is awarded to Canada’s Top Amateur Pilot.
Canadian Forces Snowbirds Commission
Recently, Hamilton Watches accepted a unique commission to develop and produce a specially designed watch intended for the Canadian Forces Snowbirds Pilots and team. This unique Hamilton collector’s watch incorporates the Snowbirds’ logo into the face of the watch. When these limited edition, specially designed aviator watches were built, one extra watch was built to be awarded as a unique and special prize to the 2012 Webster winner.
Hamilton Watches is the official timekeeper for the Webster Memorial Trophy Competition, and this unique, custom time piece is a fantastic and meaningful keepsake for Andrew Woods.
As the 2012 winner of the Webster Trophy, Andrew Woods was also awarded a Professional Development Day with the Canadian Forces Elite Aerobatic Team – the Snowbirds.
Webster Trophy Prizes
In addition to the Snowbirds Watch, and Snowbirds Professional Development Day, Andrew Woods was awarded other fantastic prizes including:
- The Webster Memorial Trophy: symbolically presented to the Top Amateur Pilot in Canada
- The beautiful John C. Webster bronze medallion, depicting the Webster Trophy
- A beautifully framed print depicting John Webster’s aircraft, painted by Robert Bradford – one of Canada’s foremost aviation artists
- An Air Canada pass for two, valid anywhere within the Air Canada system
- Deluxe noise-canceling Headset donated by Sennheiser Canada Inc.
- Flight Training Funds and Gift Certificate
- Other aviation prizes…
The Webster Trophy Competition Runner-up, Andrew Burns, and all nine Regional Finalists also received great recognition and significant prizes for their outstanding achievement and accomplishments.
Top Pilots – Top Pilot Tips!
As Top Amatuer Pilots, the 9 Regional Finalists are also invited to share their Top 10 Pilot Tips with LearnToFly.ca online visitors and Aviation Subscribers. Look forward to seeing these Pilot Tips shared here soon.
Congratulations are extended to all the Webster Regional Finalists, and thanks are given to all the competitors in the 2012 Webster Memorial Trophy Competition.
Who will be the 2013 Top Amateur Pilot in Canada?
It might be you,… but only if you apply!
Talk to your Flight Instructor about participating in the 2013 Webster Trophy Competition!