Canada's top amateur pilot competition begins tomorrow

The Webster Memorial Trophy Competition takes place at Grondair in St. Frédéric, Que.  from Aug. 17–20. The Webster Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to Canada's top amateur pilot.

This year's contestants include:

British Columbia: Michael Wieclawek, Pacific Flying Club
Alberta:  Kevin Aalders, Centennial Flight Centre
Saskatchewan:  Lindsay Bowers, Regina Flying Club
Manitoba: Cody Neill,  Harv’s Air
Western Ontario: Matthew Duplan,Waterloo-Wellington Flying Club
Central Ontario:  Oliver Darroch,  Spectrum Airways                  
Eastern Ontario:  Joshua Shea, Ottawa Flying Club      
Quebec: Mathieu Beaumier, Cargair
Atlantic:  Justin Mailman, Moncton Flight Centre           

For more information: Wayne Foy, E-mail

Webster Memorial Trophy Competition, Web site 

Leader-Post, Lindsay Bowers is competing in a national competition for young pilots

It was at one of the Regina Flying Club's annual summer open houses that Lindsay Bowers glimpsed her future. She'd long been fascinated by aviation, so she and her parents used a visit to the club's open house to find out about the practical requirements for learning to fly.

The Londoner, John Webster was a talented amateur pilot 

The competition was established in 1932 by the late Dr. J.C. Webster of New Brunswick, in honour of his son John. John lost his life in 1931 in an aircraft accident in St. Hubert, Quebec, while practicing to represent Canada in an aerobatic flying competition. A month before his death, John had represented Canada in the King's Cup Air Race in England.

Leader-Post, Regina re-established the competition 

Interrupted by the Second World War, the competition took place annually until 1952, when financial pressure forced its suspension. But it was revived in 1982 and has taken place annually since then, with the 1997 competition at the Regina Flying Club - which trained the 1982 winner, Brian Shury.

The Londoner, Flying to new heights

When he was a kid on a flight with his family, Matthew Duplan went up to the cockpit to visit the pilot and get a taste of what it is like to fly a plane.  His training to be a commercial pilot started with the University of Waterloo's Geography and Aviation program.

New Brunswick Business Journal, Moncton pilot in running for trophy

Justin Mailman of the Moncton Flight College is in the running for this year's Webster Memorial Trophy, which is awarded each year to Canada's top amateur pilot. He is Atlantic Canada's finalist and will compete against other pilots from across Canada in Quebec in August.