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Wrapping up the 2013 Webster Trophy competition

Sept. 5, 2013, Winnipeg - The Webster competition is an annual national event and therefore it is held in a different location across the country each year. This year, it was hosted by Harv’s Air located at the St. Andrew’s airport just outside Winnipeg, Man.

September 5, 2013  By Wayne Foy

Sept. 5, 2013, Winnipeg – The Webster competition is an annual national
event and therefore it is held in a different location across the
country each year. This year, it was hosted by Harv’s Air located at the
St. Andrew’s airport just outside Winnipeg, Man. The weather was exceptional the entire week allowing for a flawless competition to be run without any delays in the flight testing. Harv’s Air is to be highly commended for it excellent hospitality, beautiful facilities and pristine aircraft, all of which complemented the entire competition.

During Webster Week, all of the finalists received a formal fire-fighting course and certificates courtesy of Aeroformatech who brought their mobile unit out for the duration. They also toured the Winnipeg FIR facilities and a special tour of NORAD as well. This was culminated on Friday evening at Allied Wings flying King Air and helicopter simulators with one of our finalists getting to fly an aerobatic flight in the Allied Wings Grob.

(L-R)  Yurey Wu (W. Ont.), Takashi Hirose – Winner (E. Ont.), Mathias Veit (Que.), Cole Janostin (Sask.), Owen Armstrong (Atl. Prov.) Meagan Vacharesse (Alb.), Stuart Loney – Runner Up (C. Ont.), Andrew Cops (BC), Michael Klein (Man.)


The culmination of Webster Week was the Awards Banquet held Saturday evening at the Winnipeg Radisson Downtown Hotel. Representatives from the Webster sponsor, Air Canada attended as did many other supporters of the program from across the aviation spectrum.


It is with great pleasure that the Webster Team announces the 2013 Trophy winner,
Takashi Hirose. Takashi is the Eastern Ontario finalist currently enrolled in the Algonquin College Aviation Program and flying out of Ottawa Flying Club.

This is the second recent winner for Algonquin and OFC. The first was Cory Raby in 2009. The Webster winner receives numerous awards and prizes from program supporters including two tickets from Air Canada for North America and the Caribbean, a flight with the Snowbirds and a beautiful Hamilton X-Wind watch. All of the finalists receive excellent prizes which can be reviewed in the application package on the Webster website at

The 2013 runner-up is Stuart Loney. Stuart is currently training out of Brampton Flight Centre and is the Central Ontario finalist. Brampton has had three recent past winners, Francis Yanuzzi (2006), Andy Midcalf (2007) and Sandeep Nagpal (2008).

Yurey Wu, Western Ontario finalist flying out of the Waterloo-Wellington Flight Centre was the very first recipient of the brand new NAV CANADA/Webster Trophy. This trophy is presented to the finalist with the highest score on a specifically designed NAV CANADA exam focusing on pilot/controller communications, airspace and operations around and at airports. The NAV CANADA Canada exam was also part of the overall scoring to determine the 2013 winner and runner-up along with a knowledge exam designed by Transport Canada Aviation Aircrew Examinations Civil Aviation Inspectors and two flight tests, one in the air and one in a Redbird Flight Training Device.

The 2014 Webster memorial Trophy Competition has already begun as of June 16 and next summer, the national portion will be hosted by Waterloo-Wellington Flight Centre, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont. from Aug. 19-23.

This competition could not achieve its current status within the aviation community if it were not for the numerous supporters who bolster the program. Some contribute financially, others offer prizes and yet others offer invaluable services such as promotional posters, media, testing infrastructures, etc. Contributing as these supporters do results in an annual event which is remembered for a lifetime by the finalists. Each year at the conclusion of the current competition, it is important that we acknowledge and thank each of the Webster supporters for their generosity, time and energy to make this a truly Canadian national aviation experience.

Webster Sponsor – AIR CANADA

Capt. Rick Allen – Managing Director Flight Operations

Capt. Jay Musselman – Director Flight Standards, Safety and Quality

Capt. Dennis Guay – Manager Flight Standards & Quality

Marisa Cummins – Administrative Assistant to Managing Director Flt Ops

Aero-Formatech – Montreal, Que.

Daniel Limoges – Consultant

Paul Campanelli – Calgary based Aero-Formatech Instructor

JP Leblanc – Calgary based Aero-Formatech Technician – Professional Firefighter

Aerographics Creative Services – Ottawa, Ont.

Dave O’Malley – President

Air Canada Pilots Association – Misissauga, Ont.

Capt. Craig Blandford – President

Air Cadet league of Canada – Ottawa, Ont.

Sarak Matresky – Executive Director

Air Georgian – Mississauga, Ont,/Calgary, Alb

Scott Peters – Chief Flight Instructor

Airline Pilot Association – Washington DC/ Ottawa, Ont.

Capt. Lee Moak – International President

Capt. Dan Adamus – Canada Board

Air Transport Association of Canada – Ottawa, Ont

John McKenna – President

Wayne Gouviea – VP Commercial & General Aviaton

Allied Wings – Portage, Man.

Bill Ryan – Site Manager

L/Col. Peter Fedak – Commanding Officer

Association Québéc Quécoise du Transport Aérien – Quebec City, Que

Eric Lippé – President-directeur

Avinca – Ottawa, Ont.

Jean René de Cotret – co-owner

Chris Hobbs – co-owner

Bombardier – Dorval, Que.

Capt. John Lee – Deputy Chief Instructor Pilot – CRJ/Challenger 800 Series

Brampton Flight Centre – Brampton, Ont.

Rob Carney – Chief Flight Instructor

Julie Pomeroy – General Manager

CAE Aviation Training & Services – Mississauga, Ont.

Mike Bucking – Center Leader – Commercial Aviation North American Sites

Canada Aviation & Space Museum – Ottawa, Ont.

Stephen Quick – Director-General

Gordon Perrault – Director Collection & Conservation Services

Calgary Pilot Supply – Calgary, Alb.

Mike Beaulieu – President

Canadian Owners & Pilots Association – Ottawa, Ont

Kevin Psutka – President & CEO

Michel Hell – Editor, COPA Flight

Collegiate Aviation Canada – Toronto, Ont.

Lynne McMullen – Board Member
Comunicatus (Aviation Translation Services) – Dorval , Que.

Lucia Marguglio – Managing Director

Flight Safety International – Toronto, Ont.

Patrick Coulter – Centre Manager

Hamilton Watches – Toronto, Ont.

Thomas Sandrin – National Sales Manager

Howes Group – Ottawa, Ont.

Brenda Howes – Founder & CEO

Jazz – Mississauga, Ont.

Capt. Steve Linthwaite – VP Flight Operations

J Goss & Associates – Toronto, Ont.

Jim Goss – President

Geoff and Greg McKay – Co-founders

Magnes & Ironshore Insurance Brokers & Underwriters – Ottawa, Ont.

Belinda Bryce – Contact

Manitoba Aviation Council – Winnipeg, Man.

Ron Coles – Executive Director

Moncton Flight Centre – Moncton, NB

Mike Tilley – President

Bob Henderson – Chief Flight Instructor

Nav Canada – Ottawa, Ont.

John Crichton – President & CEO

John Morris – Director of Communication

Larry Lachance – Director, Safety and System Performance

Jonathan Bagg – Communications Advisor

Northern Penguin Technologies – Ottawa

Ragi Sekaly – Webmaster

Online Single-pilot Resource Management – London, Ont.

Suzanne Kearns – Developer

Redbird Flight Simulations Inc – Austin, Tx

Charlie Gregoire – VP Sales, Marketing and Services

Robert Bradford – Mississauga, Ont.

Bob Bradford – Aviation Artist

Sennheiser – Montreal, Que.

Jean Langlais – President

Tim Mell – Business Director

Snowbirds – 431 Air Demonstration Team – Mose Jaw, Sask.

L/Col. Christopher England – Commanding Officer

Capt. Thomas Edelson – Public Affairs Officer

Marg Fowler – Administration

The 99s – Ottawa, Ont.

Susan Beggs – Chairperson

Kathy Fox – Secretary

Transport Canada – Ottawa, Ont.

Arlo Speer – Chief of Commercial Flight Standards
Ray Beland – Flight Training Standards

Inspector Martine Dumas – Aviation Aircrew Examinations

Vintage Wings of Canada – Gatineau, Que.

Rob Fleck – President

Carolyn Leslie – Business Operations Manager

WINGS Magazine – Simcoe, Ont.

Matt Nicholls – Editor

Words For Sale – Ottawa, Ont.

Sheryl Bennett-Wilson – Founder


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