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Sebastien Leduc recognized as Canada's top amateur pilot

Sebastien Leduc

Sebastien Leduc is Canada’s top amateur pilot.

The Bachelor of Aviation Technology student was named the winner of the 2014 Webster Memorial Trophy competition, which is considered one of the country's most prestigious events for amateur aviators.

Sebastien (pictured above) and eight other of the top amateur pilots in Canada—which also included Seneca’s Greg Yandle (pictured below)—were in Waterloo last week where they took part in a week-long series of flight tests, flying exercises, written exams and simulator exercises.

Sebastien and Greg competed regionally to each earn a spot among the national finalists. Sebastien was named the Eastern Ontario finalist, while Greg earned the top spot for Central Ontario.

By claiming the top prize in the Webster Memorial Trophy Competition, Sebastien received a bronze medallion, and will have his name added to the trophy which is on display permanently at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. He will also have the opportunity to participate in a professional development day with the Canadian Forces Snowbirds Aerobatic Team, and be offered a position as a flight instructor with the Brampton Flight Centre.

Greg was recognized for scoring the highest on the NAV Canada Excellence in Pilot/Controller Communications exam.

Seneca has been a national leader in aviation education for more than 40 years. The College's Bachelor of Aviation Technology program is the only aviation technology–based degree program in Canada.

Greg Yandle

Photos courtesy of Andrea Shury.