Canada’s Next Top Amateur Pilot
The 2012 Webster Memorial Trophy Competition is open to Amateur Pilots in Canada. It’s a great way for pilots to have fun, sharpen their piloting skills, and meet other great pilots from across Canada. Best of all, they may be crowned the Top Amateur Pilot in Canada for 2012.
Download the 2012 Webster Trophy Poster, and get ready to be Canada’s next Top Amateur Pilot.
2011 Webster Winners
Congratulations to all the 2011 Webster Competition Finalists, but special congratulations go to the Top Two Winners:
1) Kevin Aalders – Centennial Flight Centre
2) Justin Mailman – Moncton Flight College
What to Expect
Webster Competitors will be evaluated and ranked, and the Top 9 Finalists, representing their respective regions across Canada, will be flown to Ottawa in August 2012 for an exciting week of aviation.
Webster Week – More than Just a Competition!
Many pilots have already joined the competition for 2012, but more are encouraged to get involved, and join the competition as soon as possible. Pilots will compete regionally in the Webster Memorial Trophy Competition, and then the nine regional finalists will be invited to “Webster Week” in Ottawa.
On June 16, 2012, the Top Nine Regional Finalists will be announced, and they will be the lucky 9 pilots who will experience Webster Week. They will all travel to Ottawa in late August 2012, and they will challenge one another for the coveted title of Canada’s Top Amateur Pilot for 2012.
This year will be particularly exciting as the Webster Memorial Trophy Competition celebrates its 80th Anniversary. Established in 1932, the Webster Trophy Competition turns 80, and 2012 will be another milestone in the Webster legacy.
Webster Week begins with the nine finalists arriving in Ottawa by the evening of Monday August 13, 2012. The 9 finalists will be flown to Ottawa, courtesy of Air Canada.
Air Canada has been a proud sponsor of the Webster Memorial Trophy Competition for many years, and Air Canada provides free flights to the nine finalists. In the past, many finalists have had their name announced during their flight to the competition. The Air Canada Captain announces to the flight passengers that a Webster finalists is on board and the captain then provides a brief description of the Webster Trophy Competition.
Arrival in Ottawa
Upon arrival in Ottawa, the nine finalists will be met by Webster Team members or volunteers who will escort the finalists to the hotel. Once settled in, the finalists will meet with the other competitors and Webster representatives for an informal get acquainted evening.
The finalists will be full of excitement and enthusiasm as they begin Webster Week, and they will no doubt feel a little nervous about their participation in the national finals of the Canada wide competition. The Webster Week experience for the finalists will be one of the most memorable experiences of their lives.
As fellow competitors, in the Webster Competition, the nine finalists will begin to bond as close friends as they share experiences together. At first, they may be reserved and perhaps shy around their fellow competitors, but they will become the closest of friends by the time they go home one week later! They also enjoy the opportunity to meet and bond with past Webster finalists who come for the Awards Banquet weekend at the conclusion of the competition.
The nine finalists in the Webster Competition are all seeking to win the coveted Webster Trophy. As the finalists get to know each other during Webster Week, they will quietly begin evaluating their fellow competitors in respect to their potential within the competition.
2012 80th Year Celebration
The nine finalists in the Webster Competition will have the time of their lives as they participate in the 80th Year Anniversary of the Competition. They will make life-long friends, and gain many aviation contacts to help prepare them for a wonderful future career in aviation.
Rockcliffe Flying Club (RFC)
The Rockcliffe Flying Club in Ottawa will be home to the 2012 Webster Competition. On Tuesday August 14, 2012, the nine finalists will be driven to the host flight school, RFC, for familiarization flights and introduction to the general flight training areas.
The finalists will be briefed on circuit procedures, ATC requirements, and the airspace surrounding the host flight school. The finalists start with an even playing field, as they have a common briefing on the area and the procedures.
Airline Pilots Association
The costs associated with the familiarization flights and competition flying are paid by the Airline Pilots Association. A comprehensive briefing will be provided to help prepare the finalists and all involved in the competition.
The Tuesday briefing at RFC will also be attended by the Civil Aviation Inspectors from Transport Canada who will be conducting the flight tests, Webster judges, RFC personnel and any others involved in the competition. The briefing is very comprehensive and an essential part of the competition. It covers all aspects of the competition as well as expected deportment, events for the week and Awards Banquet.
Ottawa International Airport
On Tuesday evening, the nine Webster finalists will be given a behind the scenes tour of the Ottawa International Airport ATC facility courtesy of Nav Canada. This will be a great opportunity for the finalists to see the complex workings of a busy Air Traffic Control centre.
The Competition Begins!
The Competition part of Webster Week begins at 0800 on Wednesday August 15, 2012. The finalists have flight tests with Transport Canada Civil Aviation Inspectors.
Weather plays a big part in the competition. Good weather is needed for the flying part of the competition, so when the weather co-operates, the flying portion takes priority over everything else. If the weather is poor, then the written exams will be administered. Both the flight tests and the written exams are important to determine the winner, but these components of the competition are scheduled around the weather. If the weather co-operates, the flying portion of the competition will be completed by Thursday evening.
Flight Simulators such as the Redbird FMX are now being used in the Webster competition. Finalists will be flying exercises in the Flight Simulators as part of the competition. This also helps to alleviate some of the weather concerns.
National Research Council (NRC)
On Wednesday evening, the nine finalists will be given a tour of the National Research Council (NRC) Aviation facilities. This will include a formal meet and greet for all finalists and guests, sponsored by the NRC.
Thursday August 16, the finalists will complete both their flying tests and the written examinations. On Thursday evening all the finalists are treated to an evening on King Air and Citation Flight Simulators, courtesy of Transport Canada.
Weather permitting, the competition flying and exams are all finished on Thursday, and Friday will be a free day for the competitors until mid afternoon. If needed, Friday morning can be used to complete any necessary flight tests. Friday afternoon, the finalists will be transported to Bombardier in Montreal, where once again they will be flying simulators including the CRJ and Global Express models.
The Webster Memorial Trophy Competition Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday August 18, 2012. This is the culmination of all the hard work throughout the entire competition, and the Awards Banquet is the highlight of the Webster Week for the finalists.
Canada Aviation and Space Museum
This year, the Webster Awards Banquet will be held in the magical setting of the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa, located on Aviation Parkway in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
The Awards Banquet is well attended by many highly respected and well known representatives from various sectors of the aviation community in Canada and USA. Webster sponsor, Air Canada is well represented with many senior pilots and staff attending the event. Many past Webster winners have gone on to join Air Canada as they pursue their exciting aviation careers.
The Webster Awards Banquet is a golden opportunity for any finalist aspiring to become a professional pilot to meet and talk with many excellent aviation contacts. Attendees of the event are all enthusiastic about the Webster programme.
All the finalists will be honoured as great Amateur Pilots, and there are many prizes donated by sponsors and supporters of the competition. All the finalists will be rewarded for their outstanding efforts, and nobody goes home disappointed.
Most of all, the finalists will have life-long memories of Webster Week, and they will have fostered new friendships that will last a lifetime.
Have you entered?
Enter the 2012 Webster Memorial Trophy Competition. Who knows… you may be Canada’s next Top Amateur Pilot.
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