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Air Canada and CAE Name Eight Recipients of the 2023 Captain Judy Cameron Scholarship for Aspiring Women in Aviation

Today, on International Women’s Day, Air Canada and CAE announced the recipients of the 2023 Captain Judy Cameron Scholarship, which provides financial assistance to Canadian women studying to become commercial pilots or aircraft maintenance engineers. This year, the two Montreal-based global aviation companies have joined forces to double the number of recipients, awarding scholarships to eight young women from across Canada. In addition to the $5,000 scholarship, CAE’s four recipients will become CAE Women in Flight – Air Canada Ambassadors and help inspire more women to become commercial pilots.

The Captain Judy Cameron Scholarship was established in honour of Air Canada’s first female pilot to help foster the next generation of women following in her trailblazing footsteps and is awarded annually in conjunction with the Northern Lights Aero Foundation.

“Air Canada is extremely proud of the leadership position it has taken in cultivating diversity, equity and inclusion in the aviation industry, with women well represented at every level and across all branches of the airline. On International Women’s Day, being able to provide support to these incredibly talented and driven young women through the Captain Judy Cameron Scholarship firmly demonstrates Air Canada and CAE’s work fostering the next generation of women in their pursuit of careers in this exciting industry. We know how crucial this support is to young women seeking non-traditional aviation careers, and we have seen results first-hand from the success of past winners. Congratulations to this year’s winners,” said Arielle Meloul-Wechsler, Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer and Public Affairs at Air Canada.

“When we relaunched the CAE Women in Flight Ambassador program last year, our objective was to grow the movement, and we are thrilled to partner with Air Canada to support more women pursuing careers in aviation. Today, the fruits of that partnership are being seen as eight women from diverse backgrounds get a well-deserved boost to continue their training, said Nick Leontidis, CAE’s Group President, Civil Aviation. “Diversity equity and inclusion are core values at CAE. Currently, only five percent of commercial pilots are women, and our newest Women in Flight Ambassadors will join six others to help spread the word about this exciting profession and serve as role models to young women who aspire to a career at the controls of a commercial airliner.”

“I am delighted that Air Canada and CAE have partnered to double the number of Captain Judy Cameron scholarships for 2023. Each recipient has shown great determination in their training, and the willingness to encourage and inspire others in their aviation journey. As the scholarship goes into its fourth year, it is wonderful to hear the success stories of former recipients. Two women are flying as First Officers, another is a fire patrol pilot, and two more are flight instructors. Thank you to Air Canada and CAE for helping to make their dreams a reality,” said Judy Cameron, Boeing 777 Captain at Air Canada (retired), and Director of the Northern Lights Aero Foundation.

Air Canada winners of the Captain Judy Cameron Scholarship are:

  • Amanda Tosto, Surrey, British Columbia 
  • Hélène Trudeau, Beausejour, Manitoba
  • Charlotte Thorley, Grimsby, Ontario
  • Chanelle Wilson, Coldstream, British Columbia   

CAE Women in Flight ambassadors:

  • Meera Bissonauth, Mississauga, Ontario
  • Mia Cochran, North Bay, Ontario
  • Jaime Hanson, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta 
  • Kyra Jarvis, Kingston, Nova Scotia

    For more information on each of this year’s winners, please visit the Air Canada Media Centre and watch this video.

About Captain Judy Cameron

Judy Cameron became the first female pilot hired by Air Canada, Canada’s largest airline, in April 1978 at the age of 23. She was the first woman to graduate from Selkirk College’s Aviation Technology Program in 1975. Throughout her flying career of 40 years and over 23,000 hours, she has flown the DC-3, Twin Otter, Hawker Siddeley 748, DC-9, Lockheed 1011, Airbus 320, Boeing 767, and Boeing 777 to the far corners of the world. She became a captain in 1997 and in 2010, she became the first female captain in Canada of a Boeing 777, the largest aircraft in Air Canada’s fleet. She retired in 2015, received the Elsie MacGill Northern Lights award in the Flight Operations category that year, and in 2016 she was chosen by the 99s (International Organization of Women Pilots) to be on its Canadian postage stamp.

In 2019, Air Canada committed to awarding $20,000 per year for three years toward the Captain Judy Cameron scholarship, and in 2021 re-committed its support for an additional three years. Last year, CAE added its support to the scholarship through its Women in Flight ambassador program.

The Captain Judy Cameron Scholarship is open to women who are Canadian citizens and who are enrolled in a fixed wing aviation flight program at a college, university, or flight school, or an aircraft repair and maintenance program anywhere in Canada.

The Scholarship is administered by the Northern Lights Aero Foundation, which inspires and celebrates Canadian women in aviation and aerospace with mentorship, scholarships, a speaker’s bureau, and junior board, along with an annual award event.

About Air Canada

Air Canada is Canada’s largest airline, the country’s flag carrier and a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 51 airports in Canada, 51 in the United States and 88 internationally. It holds a Four-Star ranking from Skytrax. Air Canada’s Aeroplan program is Canada’s premier travel loyalty program, where members can earn or redeem points on the world’s largest airline partner network of 45 airlines, plus through an extensive range of merchandise, hotel and car rental rewards. Its freight division, Air Canada Cargo, provides air freight lift and connectivity to hundreds of destinations across six continents using Air Canada’s passenger flights and cargo-only flights with its fleet of Boeing 767-300 freighters. Air Canada has committed to a net zero emissions goal from all global operations by 2050. 

Leading NAVBLUE solution N-Flight Planning improves accuracy and efficiency through collaboration with EUROCONTROL Network Manager

 Toulouse, France, 13 December 2022

With the support of the EUROCONTROL Network Manager, NAVBLUE’s N-Flight Planning (N-FP) has integrated new EUROCONTROL B2B services, providing a step-change in optimizing European routes for efficiency and compliance while also decreasing dispatcher workload using automation.

Whereas previous versions of N-FP used EUROCONTROL services to query routes and for flight plan validation, they weren’t fully integrated into the workflow and optimisation process. Through discussions and collaboration with EUROCONTROL, NAVBLUE has integrated a suite of new services which enhance user’s situational awareness, simplify flight planning by leveraging automation, and reduce costs and CO2 emissions through optimal routing.

The new functionalities contribute to NAVBLUE’s vision of true manage-by-exception workflow:

  • The initial planning & filing can be fully automated, using NAVBLUE’s optimization engine to work in the background to search for the most optimized, compliant route available;
  • When disruptions occur in the network and the dispatcher needs to find alternative solutions, the new functionalities facilitate the re-routing work by displaying the regulations and searching for new routes that avoid problem areas to minimize delays, allowing the user to submit a new plan to EUROCONTROL only if the delay is acceptable.

Richard Shehab, Head of Portfolio Business Growth at NAVBLUE, said: “N-Flight Planning is constantly evolving to suit the unique needs of the rapidly changing aviation industry. The density and complexity of the European airspace required a shift towards a collaborative approach to building and optimizing routes within constrained airspace. Combining NAVBLUE resources and expertise with EUROCONTROL ensures our product continues to be an industry leader, which directly benefits our customers.” Iacopo Prissinotti, Director Network Management at EUROCONTROL commented: “As the European Network Manager, our goal is to make aviation operations as efficient and sustainable as possible. We have set ourselves the target to provide business solutions for aviation that leverage the latest technology and reflect our close collaboration with all operational stakeholders.”

The new functionalities are available immediately to the N-FP community. Airlines can reach out to NAVBLUE’s 24-hour Support Department to learn more and how to use the new changes.


NAVBLUE is a leading services company, wholly owned by Airbus, dedicated to Flight Operations & Air Traffic Management Solutions and services for airlines, airports and Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs), on the ground and onboard. NAVBLUE combines aircraft manufacturer expertise, flight operations know-how and agile development to enhance operational efficiency, optimize resources and increase productivity, for a safe and sustainable aviation. NAVBLUE delivers a reliable, optimum and customized user experience to more than 500 customers worldwide, in a range of areas, including digital cockpit operations, Operations Control Centre (OCC) systems, Flight Ops Engineering, Performance Based Navigation (PBN) and Air Traffic Management (ATM). NAVBLUE employs 465 employees spread across the world, with offices in Canada, France, Poland, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand, UK and US and representatives in several other countries across the globe.

Discover NAVBLUE’s solutions here: https://www.navblue.aero

About Eurocontrol

EUROCONTROL is a pan-European, civil-military organization dedicated to supporting European aviation. As Europe’s Network Manager, we play a central coordination role, using our technical expertise to support Member States and a wide range of stakeholders (air navigation service providers, civil and military airspace users, airports, and aircraft/equipment manufacturers). We strive to make European aviation safe, efficient, scalable, cost-effective, and environmentally sustainable, partnering with the European Union to make the Single European Sky a reality. 

More info at: https://www.eurocontrol.int/

The power of two: ASQS and Leon Software join forces

Safety data is an important resource for identifying potential safety risks in flight operations, placing reporting at the heart of a sound safety management for every aviation operator.

Aware of the importance of simplifying reporting processes to increase flight safety, Austria-based aviation quality, safety and risk management software provider ASQS and Poland-based software company Leon Software, specialized in flight planning and crew scheduling solutions, have linked their systems once again emphasizing the benefits of automation when it comes to aviation safety.

The integration between iQSMS and Leon Software simplifies crew reporting by automatically transferring data between the two applications. When filing a report in iQSMS, all flight-related data is automatically pre-filled in the report after flight selection and does not need to be manually entered by the reporter. 

Thereby, the interface removes barriers to simplify the reporting process and allow crews to share important information easily and quickly. 

Besides the enormous time savings that automatic data transfer allows, the key benefits of this partnership for aviation operators are the high quality of the data and the drastic reduction in errors due to automation.

Azul announced the implementation of SkyBreathe® 360° eco-flying platform to improve flight efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions.

São Paulo, January 23, 2023 – Azul, the first Brazilian airline in a number of destinations, is excited to announce the implementation of SkyBreathe®, the world’s leading fuel efficiency software. The new fuel management system will help the airline improve efficiency and reduce costs by accurately tracking and analyzing fuel usage on the ground and during flights.

The SkyBreathe® 360° eco-flying platform developed by the French cleantech company OpenAirlines uses advanced algorithms, AI, and machine learning to automatically analyze the billions of flight data generated by the 167 aircraft operated by Azul. SkyBreathe® also considers variables such as weather conditions, payload, and flight routes to produce highly accurate fuel metrics. By identifying the most relevant fuel-saving opportunities, the AI-driven software could lead to up to 5% fuel savings and improve the overall efficiency of Azul’s operations.

The platform empowers each member of the fuel team – flight operations engineers, dispatchers, maintenance engineers, pilots, and chief pilots – to implement the best fuel efficiency practices across the airline’s operations. The collaborative and user-friendly interface is designed for operators to see their actual environmental performances and remaining fuel-saving potential at a glance for quick decision-making. Pilots also benefit from a dedicated user-friendly mobile app called MyFuelCoach™ to debrief on each fuel-saving best practice applied during a flight and prepare for their next flight.

“We are excited to roll out this innovative fuel management system, which will help us reduce fuel costs but also allow us to operate more sustainably,” says Diogo Youssef, Flight Operations Engineering & Dispatch SR Manager at Azul.
“Creating a sustainable business is fundamental to our long-term growth; to do that, we are always working to reduce the impact on the planet. This new system is a key tool to support and enable fuel efficiency practices so that we can play our full part in tackling climate change.”

 “At OpenAirlines, we take our responsibility seriously to help lead aviation industry efforts to decarbonize their flights. We are delighted about this partnership with Azul, as they are committed to a sustainable future, it is the first airline in Brazil to join the SkyBreathe® community, and we hope they will inspire many more to join them in the global race to fight the climate crisis“, says Alexandre Feray, CEO and founder of OpenAirlines.


About Azul

Azul S.A. (B3: AZUL4, NYSE: AZUL) is Brazil’s largest airline in a number of flights and destinations served, with more than 900 flights per day to more than 150 cities.

With an operational fleet of more than 160 aircraft and more than 14,000 crew members, Azul flies more than 300 direct regional, domestic and international routes. In 2022, Azul was named the most on-time airline in the world, according to the OnTime Performance-OTP Review report by Cirium – the world’s leading reference for operational data in the aviation industry. In addition, in 2020, Azul was elected the best airline in the world by TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice, being the only Brazilian carrier to be awarded with both prestigious industry recognitions. For more information, visit www.voeazul.com.br/ri.

About OpenAirlines

OpenAirlines is a French clean-tech company comprising a team of highly-qualified mathematicians, aeronautical engineers, data scientists, pilots, IT experts, and aircraft performance specialists who operate from its bases in Toulouse, Hong Kong, Miami, and Montreal.

They are specialized in developing digital technology to help airlines achieve their sustainability and emissions targets. They developed SkyBreathe®, a comprehensive eco-flying solution for airlines to reduce fuel costs and CO2 emissions, today used by 51 airlines worldwide, including Air France, easyJet, DHL, Norwegian, IndiGo, flydubai, and Atlas Air.

Frontier Airlines selects CAE for next-generation flight operations software

Montreal, Canada, Feb. 20, 2023 – (NYSE: CAE; TSX: CAE) CAE today announced that it has signed a 10-year agreement to equip Frontier Airlines (NASDAQ: ULCC) with CAE’s next generation of flight operations solutions. With implementation scheduled to begin later this year, CAE’s cloud-based Operations Control, Crew Management and Flight Management solutions will support Frontier with the latest and most feature-rich operations software available today.

Frontier Airlines becomes the latest airline in North America to move to CAE’s portfolio of next-generation solutions – the first since the acquisition of the Sabre AirCentre business in February 2022. CAE’s solutions will enable Frontier to take advantage of the latest-available technology, driving step-change improvements in performance over legacy software in the optimization of flight plans, aircraft usage, and crew communication and engagement.

“We are thrilled to partner with CAE and begin integrating the latest versions of their industry-leading, comprehensive software solution,” said Brad Lambert, Vice President, Flight Operations, Frontier Airlines. “As we have seen in the industry over the last few years, updating core operational software is imperative to optimize flight operations, identify flight planning efficiencies and more quickly manage disruptions and recovery.”

“We are proud to have Frontier Airlines extend its partnership with CAE and become our latest customer to benefit from our next-generation flight operations solutions,” said Pascal Grenier, CAE’s Senior Vice President, Flight Services and Global Operations. “Frontier is positioning its business for long-term operational success, with CAE’s newest solutions modernizing its operations to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and better manage disruptions. Our solutions are constantly evolving and getting better thanks to forward-looking and innovative customers like Frontier.”

In addition to committed, sustained investment in its solutions, Frontier will benefit from CAE’s robust delivery model, extensive experience in deploying mission-critical software in complex operational environments requiring intricate system integrations, and 24/7/365 support.

CAE Flight Operations Solutions is an industry-leading digital platform trusted by the world’s top airlines and business aviation companies to optimize their operations. Backed by a global team and unparalleled expertise, thousands of flights and crew members are supported by CAE’s Flight Operations Solutions every day. Spanning crew, flight, movement, airport, on-board catering, and cost management, CAE’s customizable end-to-end solution improves decision making by harnessing the power of integrated data and advanced technologies to improve operational performance, profitability, employee satisfaction and passenger experience.

Frontier Airlines (NASDAQ: ULCC) is committed to “Low Fares Done Right”. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, the company operates 120 A320 family aircraft and has the largest A320neo family fleet in the U.S. The use of these aircraft, Frontier’s seating configuration, weight-saving tactics and baggage process have all contributed to Frontier’s continued ability to be the most fuel-efficient of all major U.S. carriers when measured by available seat miles (ASMs) per fuel gallon consumed. With more than 230 new Airbus planes on order, Frontier will continue to grow to deliver on the mission of providing affordable travel across America.

At CAE, we equip people in critical roles with the expertise and solutions to create a safer world. As a technology company, we digitalize the physical world, deploying simulation training and critical operations support solutions. Above all else, we empower pilots, airlines, defence and security forces, and healthcare practitioners to perform at their best every day and when the stakes are the highest. Around the globe, we’re everywhere customers need us to be with more than 13,000 employees in more than 200 sites and training locations in over 40 countries. CAE represents 75 years of industry firsts—the highest-fidelity flight, mission, and medical simulators, and personalized training programs powered by artificial intelligence. We’re investing our time and resources into building the next generation of cutting-edge, digitally immersive training and critical operations solutions while keeping positive environmental, social and governance (ESG) impact at the core of our mission. Today and tomorrow, we’ll make sure our customers are ready for the moments that matter.

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Evoke expand partnership with West Atlantic

Evoke are delighted to announce that they are expanding services with existing customer West Atlantic to the airline’s Swedish partner based in Gothenburg. West Air Sweden, trading as West Atlantic, has been part of the West Atlantic Group since 2011.

Evoke, who are based in the UK, provide innovative software solutions to the aviation industry. Since their inception in 2001, Evoke has worked with airlines around the globe to build their EFOS Product Suites which span the Training, Leave and Flight Management sectors of aviation. 

Under the EFOS Training Management Suite, West Atlantic’s Swedish partner will use several of the training modules available, including Course Management for candidate progress tracking. Supported by a dedicated iPad app with the benefit of offline usage, Trainers can record, track and manage all airline training for their staff with ease.

Also utilising the EFOS Flight Management Suite, the West Atlantic Group will have access to the Electronic Journey Log, allowing crew to record flight and duty information digitally, fulfilling compliance for Commander reporting and providing the opportunity to capture valuable operational and commercial performance data.

Evoke CEO Mike Peters said “Having worked with West Atlantic since 2016, we are delighted to be expanding our partnership with them, and look forward to working with their Swedish Colleagues on this exciting new project.”