Webster Memorial Trophy Competition

2013 Webster Memorial Trophy Competition For The Top Amateur Pilot In Canada Held In Winnipeg Manitoba

The Webster Memorial Trophy Competition sponsored by Air Canada Flight Operations is an annual country-wide competition to determine the top amateur pilot in Canada.  There are nine Webster regions based primarily on aviation activity from which nine finalists are selected from flight test reports submitted and assessed.

In the third week of August the national level of the competition is held at a different city each year. This year Winnipeg was the selected city and the competition was hosted by Harv’s Air based at the St. Andrews Airport.  

The winner of the 2013 Webster competition is Takashi Hirose.  Takashi is the Eastern Ontario regional finalist who is currently enrolled in the Algonquin College Aviation programme and flies with the Ottawa Flying Club.

The 2013 runner-up is Stuart Loney.  Stuart is the Central Ontario regional finalist and flies out of the Brampton Flight Centre.


The Runner-Up is awarded:

  • the Eunice Carter Memorial Award, symbolically presented for “Excellence in overall piloting skills”;
  • their name on the Eunice Carter Memorial Trophy, given for excellence in overall piloting skills;
  • an aviator’s watch donated by Hamilton Watches;
  • a noise-canceling headset donated by Sennheiser Canada, Inc.;
  • a personalized log-book courtesy of Brampton Flight Centre;
  • a beautifully framed print depicting John Webster’s aircraft, painted by Robert Bradford – one of Canada’s foremost aviation artists; and
  • a $1,000 grant toward a Flight Instructor Rating donated by Moncton Flight College

For the first time this year there is a new trophy being presented by Nav Canada presented to the finalist who scored highest on an exam which focused on pilot-controller communications, airspace and aircraft operations near and at airports. The winner of the first Nav Canada/Webster Trophy is Yurey Wu, Western Ontario regional finalist and flying out of Waterloo-Wellington Flight Centre.

Waterloo-Wellington Flight Centre, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario will be hosting the 2014 competition, August 19 -23, 2014.  Webster Memorial Trophy Competition Application 2014


Previous Webster Trophy Winners from the Brampton Flight Centre

Finalists – 2007: Andrew Midcalf (Winner from Brampton Flight Centre): I am currently a First Officer on a Gulfstream G150 with Chartright Air. I generally fly all over North America with the odd flights to Mexico and the Caribbean. Prior to the Gulfstream I was type rated on the C510 Mustang. Before I was employed at Chartright, I was working as a Class II flight Instructor at the Brampton Flying Club. I still keep in contact with the great friends I made during the competition and have gained a wealth of networking from the competition

Finalists – 2008: Sandeep Nagpal : (Winner from Brampton Flight Centre) I work for Air Georgian based out of YYZ.  I’m a first officer, but hopefully will upgrade over the next few months.  I have an ATPL, with a Beech 1900 type rating and a Class 3 flight instructor rating.