Wrapping up the 2013 Webster Trophy competition
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.
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 webstertrophy.ca.
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
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