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The 2008 Webster memorial trophy competition

Sept. 3, 2008 - The winner of the 2008 Webster Memorial Trophy Competition is Sandeep Nagpal, Regional Finalist for Western Ontario who flies out of the Brampton Flight College, Brampton, Ont. 


September 3, 2008
By Administrator

Sept. 3, 2008 – The winner of the 2008 Webster Memorial Trophy Competition is Sandeep Nagpal, Regional Finalist for Western Ontario who flies out of the Brampton Flight College, Brampton, Ont.   This is the third year in a row that a pilot from the Brampton Flight College has won the competition, an amazing achievement in the history of Webster.

It is intended that the winner will be acknowledged and presented at the Annual General Meeting of the Air Transport Association of Canada in Calgary in November.

The holder of the runner-up position is Trevor LeMarquand who represents the Quebec Region where he took his Webster flight test and is currently training with the Moncton Flight College, Moncton, N.B. 

The winner of the competition received a bronze medallion depicting the Webster Trophy, two tickets anywhere on the Air Canada system, a top-of-the-line set of noise cancelling head phones from Sennheiser (Canada), a flight with the Canadian Armed Forces elite aerobatic team the Snowbirds, a cheque this year for $1,000 from the Air Canada Pilot’s Association, a framed print of John C. Webster in his Curtiss Rambler signed by the renowned Canadian artist Robert Bradford and a Certificate of Congratulations Award from the Air Transport Association of Canada.  Sandeep Nagpal’s name will now be placed on the pedestal of the Webster Trophy, which is on permanent display at the Canada Aviation Museum.

The runner-up of the competition received a plaque depicting his receipt of the Eunice Carter Memorial Award, a top-of-the-line set of head phones from Sennheiser, a personalized professional log book from Aviation World (Toronto) and a framed print of John C. Webster in his Curtiss Rambler signed by Robert Bradford. Trevor LeMarquand’s name will now be attached to the base of the Eunice Carter Memorial Award, which is also on display at the Canada Aviation Museum.

All remaining finalists received beautiful plaques depicting their participation in the competition. Every finalist also received a one year personalized membership presented by Kevin Psutka on behalf of the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association. All competitors were also presented with personalized lithographs of the Snowbirds in flight along with a one year subscription to WINGS magazine.

Air Canada Flight Operations sponsors the Webster Memorial Trophy Competition and assures that operational costs for the running of the competition along with the travel, accommodations and banquet costs of the finalists are entirely covered.

This year the Airline Pilots Association provided a cheque of $5,000 to cover the cost of each of the finalist’s two flight tests required during the competition, along with an additional night of accommodation for those who had to arrive early in order to take familiarization flights. 

Aviation World also supplied all the VNCs required for the competition.

Moncton Flight College was the 2008 host and was absolutely exceptional in every way throughout Webster Week.  The entire staff is to be complimented including the students (MFC Companions) who gave up their time and resources to transport the finalists to wherever they needed to be and entertained them so well.  A special thanks goes out to Tahara MacDonald and George Dewar for all their hard work in making Webster Week so successful.

Ms Polly Vacher, renowned British aviatrix who learned to fly at age fifty and subsequently flew around the world solo in a Piper Dakota and followed that achievement with a flight over the North Pole down to Antarctica was the honoured guest speaker at the Awards Banquet.