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The 2009 Webster Memorial Trophy Competition

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The 2009 Webster Memorial Trophy Competition

The winner of the 2009 Webster Memorial Trophy Competition is Cory-Daniel Raby, Regional Finalist for Eastern Ontario, training under the Algonquin College Aviation Diploma program.

August 27, 2009  By Administrator

Aug. 27, 2009 – The winner of the 2009 Webster Memorial Trophy Competition is Cory-Daniel Raby, Regional Finalist for Eastern Ontario, training under the Algonquin College Aviation Diploma program and flying out of the Ottawa Flying Club, Ottawa Ont. The Algonquin Aviation Diploma program has only been operational for one year and Cory will be completing the course in December, so this is quite an accomplishment for Algonquin to be proud of.

From left to right:
Cory-Daniel Raby – Winner (Eastern Ontario), Nicholas Sneider – (Alberta), Phiroze Contractor – (Western Ontario), Aaron Lehman – (Northern Ontario), John Painter – (Manitoba), Mathieu Beaumier – (Quebec), Thomas Clark – (Atlantic Provinces), Kevin Dhaliwal – Runner-up (British Columbia)


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

The holder of the runner-up position is Kevin Dhaliwal who represents the British Columbia Region and is currently flying out of Coastal Pacific Aviation Ltd. Abbotsford B.C. Kevin competed last year as well in the 2008 Webster.

From left to right:
Brian Shury – Judge, Don Fisher – Judge, Cory-Daniel Raby –  2009 Winner, Eugene Cowie – Judge, Phiroze Contractor – Finalist, Jack Scott – Judge, Nicholas Sneider – Finalist, Amy Foy – National Administrator, Aaron Lehman – Finalist, Kevin Psutka – Judge, Kevin Dhaliwal – 2009 Runner-up, Martine Dumas – TC Inspector, Mathieu Beaumier – Finalist, Marc Saulnier – TC Inspector, Thomas Clark – Finalist, Arlo Speer – Judge, John Painter – Fianalist, Wayne Foy – Judge


The winner of the competition receives a bronze medallion depicting the Webster Trophy, two tickets anywhere on the Air Canada system, a top-of-the-line HME 460 Series head-set from Sennheiser (Canada), a professional development day 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, a beautiful Citizen Watch arranged for from Aviation World and a Certificate of Congratulations Award from the Air Transport Association of Canada.  Cory Raby’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 HMEC 110 series head-set 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.  Kevin Dhaliwal’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.

The Airline Pilots Association provided a cheque of $5,000 to cover the cost for 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.

Brampton Flight Centre was the 2009 host and was absolutely exceptional in every way throughout Webster Week.  The Flight Centre donated the familiarization flights for all of the finalist’s who required one. The entire staff is to be complimented but especially Rob Carney, CFI and our three previous winners, Francis Yanuzzi, Andy Midcalf and Sandeep Nagpal who gave up their time and resources to fly the fam flights, transport the finalists to wherever they needed to be and entertained them so well.  A special thanks goes out to the “Three Websterteers” for their time and effort. We could not have done it without them. 

As part of the entertainment this year and through the efforts of Capt. Brian Shury, Webster winner and judge, all our finalists had a tremendous evening flying Dash-8 and Regional Jet simulators courtesy of Air Canada Jazz and two generous volunteers, Captain Glenn McMullin and Captain Barry Turner.

The Webster Memorial Trophy Competition Sponsor And Contributors

It is impossible to successfully organize and complete a competition of this magnitude without the willing and enthusiastic support of many people from within the aviation community.  Each one is important for without the assistance of any one of those listed below, the competition would have lost something valuable.  On behalf of the Webster
National Administrator, Amy Foy and all of the Judges, Don Fisher, Bruce Carter, Eugene Cowie, Jack Scott, Arlo Speer, Brian Shury, Kevin Psutka and Wayne Foy, we wish to sincerely thank the following companies, organizations and people for their participation in the 2009 Webster program:

Air Canada:  specifically Capt. Rick Allen – Senior Director Flight Operations, Capt. Jay Musselman – Director Flight Operations, Capt, Dennis Guay – Manager Flight Standards & 1980 Webster Winner.  Also a special thanks to Marissa Cummins – Executive Asst.


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Dave O’Malley – President
Air Cadet League of

Major Bill Fox – National Air Cadet Officer
Air Canada Jazz: Capt. Glenn McMullin
Capt. Barry Turner

Air Canada Pilots

Capt. Andy Wilson – President and Capt.Bruce White – MEC Chairman
Airline Pilots Association: Capt. Dan Adamus – President ALPA Canada Board
Capt. Brian Shury – Jazz MEC Chairman, Webster Judge and Webster Winner 1982.
Air Transport Association
Of Canada:   

Wayne Gouveia – VP Commercial & General Aviation
Aviation World (Toronto): Steve Neath – Operations Manager
Brampton Flight College: Rob Carney – CFI,
Julie Pomeroy – General Manager
Judy Piccioni – Flight Training Administrator
Ian Paige – Chairman, Board of Directors
BFC Instructors and Dispatchers
Canada Aviation Museum: Anthony Smyth – Director-general
Marc Ducharme – Chief of Operations
Jean Francois Labrosse – Exhibit Maintenance
Canadian Armed Forces

Major Chris Bard– Current Leader,
Captain Jennifer Jones – Public Affairs Officer

Canadian Owners and
Pilots Association:
Kevin Psutka – President & CEO and Webster Judge
Michel Hell – Publisher/Editor
Ninety-nines: Dorothy Berthelet
Marcel Keays:    Photographer
PXL Works: Blair Olsen & Rodney Groulx – Owners
Sennheiser (Canada):  Jean Langlais – President
Tim Mell – Business Director, Aviation Products
Transport Canada: Jim Dow – Chief Flight Training,
Marc Saulnier – Flight Training Standards,
Martine Dumas – Flight Training Standards,
WINGS: Drew McCarthy – Editor
Andrea Kwasnik – Associate Editor
Alison de Groot – Associate Publisher
  • This year a special thank you to the Courtyard Marriott Brampton, especially Renata Kehoe Sales Manager, Lauren Zucchiatti – Senior Event Coordinator, Adam Smyk – Banquet Manager and the entire staff who treated everyone with such special attention and were instrumental in making Webster Week a huge success.


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