October 25, 2022 By Wings Staff
Air Canada and CAE on October 25 announced plans to work together to advance diversity in aviation and effectively double the number of available 2023 Captain Judy Cameron Scholarships granted to young Canadian women studying to become commercial pilots or maintenance engineers.
Launched in 2019, the Judy Cameron scholarships were previously awarded to four recipients, which is now increasing to eight with the support of CAE and their Women in Flight ambassador program. Up to four aspiring commercial pilots will be invited to join the CAE Women in Flight program as an ambassador. The annual Captain Judy Cameron Scholarships, established in honour of Air Canada’s first female pilot to help foster the next generation of women, are awarded in conjunction with the Northern Lights Aero Foundation.
“I am delighted that CAE is partnering with Air Canada to double the Captain Judy Cameron scholarships for Canadian women in flight training. Financial support to assist with the high cost of flight training is crucial to their success,” said Judy Cameron, Boeing 777 Captain at Air Canada (retired), and Director, Northern Lights Aero Foundation. “When I began my first flying lesson in 1973, I never imagined that someday I would be able to encourage other women to enter this amazing career. Thanks to Air Canada and CAE for helping women to follow their dreams and fly.”
Scholarship applications for the 2023 program are scheduled to open on Nov. 1, 2022.