Webster 2022


The Webster Trophy was designed by the famous Canadian sculptor Robert Tait MacKenzie (1867-1938). It is a beautiful bronze figure of the Greek god Icarus, which symbolizes youth and flight.The trophy is on display at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.

The annual Webster Memorial Trophy Competition is committed to identifying “Canada’s Top General Aviation Pilot”. It has operated since its inception in 1932, interrupted only three times (first by World War II, again in 1954 due to costs, and most recently in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic).

The competition is named after John Webster Jr., a civilian pilot who participated in the 1931 Trans-Canada Air Pageant. In July 1931, John flew his Curtiss-Reid Rambler representing Canada in the King’s Cup Air Race in England. A month later, while in St. Hubert, Québec practising for an aerobatic competition as part of the pageant, John Webster was involved in a fatal aircraft accident. The following year, John’s father (Dr. John C. Webster, of Shediac, New Brunswick) established the John C. Webster Memorial Trophy Competition to perpetuate his son’s memory.

The Webster Memorial Trophy Competition is an annual event, sponsored by numerous aviation companies and organizations – see our supporter pages.  The competition is committed to identifying “Canada’s Top General Aviation Pilot”.  Throughout the various stages of the Webster Trophy Competition, applicants are assessed on the fundamental skills that are expected of the holder of a Private Pilot Licence.

Pilots aspiring to a career in aviation can be proud to affirm that they have competed in one of Canada’s most prestigious aviation events. See our history section for more details, past finalists and winners, and media from the competition.

Who can Apply?

The Webster Memorial Trophy Competition is open to any person holding a valid Canadian Pilot Permit Recreational or a Private or Commercial Pilot Licence in the aeroplane category.

Individuals NOT eligible to enter the competition are those who have:
    • used their pilot licence for hire or reward or flown operationally in any military role during the five years prior to the month in which the Webster Competition National Finals are held; or
    • previously been declared the winner of the Webster Trophy Competition.
To protect all those involved with the 2022 Webster Memorial Trophy competition, everyone attending the national finals in August must:
    • have received a full series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or any combination of such vaccines with the final dose having been administered at least 14 days before the start of the national finals,
    • complete a COVID pre-screening questionnaire prior to arrival,
    • provide government-issued proof of vaccination upon arrival, and
    • adhere to all national, provincial, and local health and safety requirements.

This year’s competition is split into two phases: preliminary competition and national finals.

The Preliminary Competition

Applicants in the preliminary competition must submit to administrator@webstertrophy.ca :

  1. the application fee of $25 (to be submitted by Interac e-Transfer)
  2. a completed application form
    • When completing the application form, applicants will be able to indicate whether they belong to one of our 4 affiliated national general aviation organizations.
  3. the results of a recent qualifying flight test.

After submitting the complete package, applicants will be given instructions for completing an online assessment of knowledge of air traffic procedures and aerodrome operating procedures.

The Qualifying Flight Test:

Applicants have two options with respect to the qualifying flight test:

  • Submit the report of a licensing flight test for either a Private Pilot Licence or Commercial Pilot Licence, completed between 16 June 2020 and 15 June 2022, or
  • Arrange with any Pilot Examiner authorized by Transport Canada to conduct Private or Commercial Pilot flight tests for aeroplanes to conduct either:
    • a Private or Commercial Pilot flight test, or
    • a flight test using the Webster flight test report form.
      • Applicants choosing the option of a Webster flight test will need to contact the Webster Administrator (administrator@webstertrophy.ca) for a copy of the Webster flight test report form.

Applicants enrolled in an Integrated Course of Commercial Pilot Training for which the licensing flight test does not include an assessment of navigation skills must also submit the results of the VFR Navigation Progress Test conducted as part of the Integrated Course.

Applicants must submit the report of one of the flight tests described above. Multiple flight test reports will not be accepted.

To verify the results and avoid situations in which a flight test report may have been altered or is otherwise unreadable, applicants must provide written permission for the Webster Administrator or representative to contact either the Pilot Examiner (in the case of applicants submitting a Webster Flight Test) or Transport Canada (in the case of applicants submitting a Transport Canada licensing flight test) and receive a copy of the original flight test report directly.

The Online Examination:

NAV CANADA has created an examination covering topics relating to pilot-controller interaction such as: airport operations, communications and airspace. The examination is administered on-line. Applicants will be notified following the receipt of their application package about procedures for completing the examination.

The applicant receiving the top weighted mark on this examination will receive the NAV CANADA Trophy, whether or not this applicant becomes a national finalist.

Selecting the National Finalists:

Four finalists (one from each organization) will be selected from applicants who identify themselves as a member of  one of the four affiliated national general aviation organizations:

  • The Ninety-Nines,
  • Canadian Owners and Pilots Association,
  • Recreational Aircraft Association; and
  • Experimental Aircraft Association

Three additional finalists (one from each region) will be chosen from applicants who completed a flight test in the 3 Webster Regions.  Applicants are assigned to a region based where they completed their flight tests.

2021 Webster Regions:

Region Includes
West Canada British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan,

Manitoba, Yukon, Northwest Territories and


Central Canada Ontario
East Canada Quebec, New Brunswick, PEI, Nova Scotia,

Newfoundland and Labrador


Finalists will be determined based on combined and weighted scores from the flight test assessing pilot skills and the online assessment of knowledge of air traffic procedures and aerodrome operating procedures.


During Webster Week in Kelowna, the National finalists will complete two flight tests: one in an aeroplane, the other in a Redbird simulator.  Finalists will also write an examination, and undergo an interview with Webster judges. The finalist with the highest blended score on these assessments is named the overall winner; the finalist with the second highest blended score is named the overall runner-up.

The flight tests will be assessed on a basis of:

    • Precision aircraft handling
    • Normal, abnormal and emergency procedures
    • General operational knowledge
    • Overall airmanship
    • Pilot decision making, situational awareness and overall threat awareness and management

The written examination includes:

    • Meteorology
    • Air Law
    • Aircraft operations
    • Human Factors and Pilot Decision Making
    • Theory of Flight
    • Aero engines and airframes
    • General pilot knowledge and airmanship

The interview adresses:

  • General Pilot Knowledge
  • Knowledge of issues facing General Aviation in Canada
  • Knowledge of issues facing professional pilots and Canada’s aviation industry
Webster medal