Aircraft Manufacturer Embraer Announces New Chief Commercial Officer for Defense & Security International Business

Following the appointment of Bosco da Costa Junior as President & CEO of Embraer Defense & Security in November 2022, Embraer strengthens its leadership to accelerate the internationalization of its Defense unit, building on the excellent moment of the C-390 Millennium and the A-29 Super Tucano in the global market. On May 26, Embraer announced the appointment of Frederico Lemos to the position of Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) for international businesses of Embraer Defense & Security. Bosco da Costa Junior retains commercial leadership for Brazil and Latin America, in addition to the CEO role. Lemos will take office on June 1 and will be based in Lisbon, Portugal.

“Frederico has greatly contributed to the success of Embraer Defense & Security. During his eight years as Sales Vice-President in Europe and the Middle East, he was responsible for key campaigns in our business, such as the KC-390 in Portugal,” said Bosco da Costa Junior, President & CEO, Embraer Defense & Security. “I’m very pleased to have again Frederico’s competence and support to execute the internationalization strategy for Embraer Defense & Security.”

“I am excited to rejoin Embraer Defense & Security as Chief Commercial Officer. Embraer has a proven track record in developing, delivering, and supporting capable and efficient Defense solutions. The C-390 Millennium and the A-29 Super Tucano are showing their value in operation every day, while generating solid opportunities that underpin business growth,” said Frederico Lemos. “I am honored to work with Bosco and Embraer’s exceptional team of professionals around the world, address the needs and challenges of the International Armed Forces and contribute to the success of Embraer.”

Lemos started his professional path in the Portuguese Air Force as a career officer. In 2011, he joined OGMA and, soon thereafter, Embraer Defense, where he worked in different positions in Business Development and Sales, both in Portugal and the United Arab Emirates. Since 2020, Lemos has been the CEO of EID SA, a Defense Communications OEM based in Portugal.

An Aerospace Engineer who graduated from the Portuguese Air Force Academy and IST, Lemos also holds an MBA from INSEAD and Post-Graduation degrees in Leadership and Innovation, Economics & Management from Catolica Lisbon School of Business & Economics, and ISEG Lisbon School of Economics & Management.

About Embraer

A global aerospace company headquartered in Brazil, Embraer has businesses in Commercial and Executive aviation, Defense & Security and Agricultural Aviation. The company designs, develops, manufactures and markets aircraft and systems, providing Services & Support to customers after-sales.

Since it was founded in 1969, Embraer has delivered more than 8,000 aircraft. On average, about every 10 seconds an aircraft manufactured by Embraer takes off somewhere in the world, transporting over 145 million passengers a year.

Embraer is the leading manufacturer of commercial jets up to 150 seats and the main exporter of high value-added goods in Brazil. The company maintains industrial units, offices, service and parts distribution centers, among other activities, across the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe.

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Southeast Asian Regional Airline Signs Services Agreement with Embraer for Fleet Support of E195-E2

Embraer announced at Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) that it has signed a long-term services agreement with SKS to support the airline’s 10 E195-E2 fleet. The contract provides access to the Pool Program, which includes component exchanges and repair services for more than 300 repairable parts to support SKS Airways’ Embraer aircraft, plus eSolutions to enhance fleet monitoring and preventive maintenance.

“The E2 delivers the best environmental efficiency and operating performance and the impressive data from our existing E-Jet customers prove it,” said Johann Bordais, President & CEO, Embraer Services & Support. “We are very pleased to have SKS join the Pool Program which will deliver great value for their operations.”

SKS Airways’ operations will benefit from the AHEAD (Aircraft Health Analysis and Diagnosis) which comprises early detection capabilities for critical systems, reducing technical interruptions and avoiding flight cancellations; the eSight, with real-time fleet performance monitoring; and the ePerf, a tablet application for pilots to generate runway performance data offline from the cockpit in any phase of flight.

Equipped with state-of-the-art features, the E195-E2 is the latest commercial aircraft in the aerospace industry to enter into service and is part of the E-Jets E2 family.

The E-Jets E2 family of aircraft, including the E195-E2 has the longest maintenance intervals in the single-aisle jet category – with 10,000 flight hours for basic checks and no calendar limit for typical E-Jet operations. This enables the aircraft to be operated with minimal downtime.

The Embraer Pool Program is designed to allow airlines to minimize their upfront investment in high-value repairable inventories and resources, while taking advantage of Embraer’s technical expertise along with its vast component repair service provider network. The results are significant savings on repair and inventory carrying costs, reduction in required warehousing space, and the virtual elimination of the need for resources required for repair management, while ultimately providing guaranteed performance levels. Currently, the Pool Program supports more than 50 airlines worldwide.

About Embraer

Embraer is a global aerospace company headquartered in Brazil. It manufactures aircraft for Commercial and Executive aviation, Defense & Security, and Agricultural customers. The company also provides after-sales services & support through a worldwide network of wholly owned entities and authorized agents.

Since it was founded in 1969, Embraer has delivered more than 8,000 aircraft. On average, about every 10 seconds an aircraft manufactured by Embraer takes off somewhere in the world, transporting over 145 million passengers a year.

Embraer is the leading manufacturer of commercial jets up to 150 seats and is the main exporter of high value-added goods in Brazil. The company maintains industrial units, offices, service and parts distribution centers across the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe. Embraer’s APAC headquarters is located in Singapore and its China headquarters is in Beijing.

About SKS Airways

SKS Airways is a regional airline operating in Malaysia. Founded in November 2017, SKS Airways launched its first commercial flight from Subang Airport in January 2022. As part of the SKS Group of companies, SKS Airways is set to reshape the future of aviation by enhancing the connectivity within the region with its new fleet of Embraer E195-E2 aircraft.

About Azorra

Azorra is a relationship-driven aircraft lessor that provides leasing, financing, fleet transition and asset management solutions to aircraft investors, financiers, and airline operators worldwide. Azorra’s multi-cultural team reflects the global markets that we serve and includes core competencies in aviation law, aircraft finance, maintenance, marketing, sales, and leasing. Our team is led by seasoned veterans having a shared history of success and is complimented with young professionals that bring fresh perspective, ideas, and enthusiasm. Azorra currently owns and manages a fleet of 77 aircraft on lease to 24 operators in 19 countries on 5 continents and has commitments to acquire additional aircraft including orders for new Airbus A220s and Embraer E2s. The company is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and has offices in Dublin, Ireland and Toulouse, France.

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Pilot Assessment Provider Symbiotics Expands Sales Team with Latest Appointment

United Kingdom headquartered pilot training assessment solution provider Symbiotics, an expert in psychometric assessment for the aviation industry, has appointed Shanthi Adiyat as its new Business Development Consultant. Shanthi brings with her over 25 years of international aviation experience and is passionate about crew training and the benefits of aptitude testing, particularly for the selection of cadet pilots. Her experience spans various areas of Pilot and Cabin Crew Training including Business Development and Sales, Customer Relations, Resource and Contract Management, Pilot Training Programme development, and the implementation of Flight Crew Training and Learning Management Systems. As Business Development Consultant, Shanthi is responsible for creating and executing the company’s strategic sales and business development plans for ATOs and Flight Schools globally, as well as contributing to marketing and product development strategy and activities.

Learn more about Symbiotics or Shanthiby connecting with her through her LinkedIn profile here.

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Two Global Technology Companies Sign Exclusive Agreement for AI-Powered Eye-Tracking Solutions to the Global Aviation Industry

  • Exclusive licence to jointly develop pioneering eye-tracking solutions for the Aviation industry
  • Seeing Machines to receive a licence payment of US$10 million, over three years, as part of the Agreement
  • Collins Aerospace is the world’s largest Tier 1 Avionics company

Seeing Machines Limited, the advanced computer vision technology company that designs AI-powered operator monitoring systems to improve transport safety, has signed an exclusive, perpetual licence Agreement with a Collins Aerospace entity in Burnsville, Minnesota, a Raytheon Technologies business and a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defence industry.

Under the Agreement, the companies will work together to jointly market and deliver innovative AI-powered eye-tracking solutions to the global Aviation industry, enhancing safety and better supporting pilots with mission critical fatigue detection solutions. The Agreement builds on the successful collaboration between the two companies announced on 15 November 2021 in order to access the significant opportunity across aircraft and simulators of over US$700 million in the next 20 years, and to develop revolutionary fatigue management technology solutions to increase safety across the aerospace sector.

In return for Seeing Machines granting perpetual exclusivity to Collins for Aviation and Space fields of use, Collins will make an upfront payment to the Company of US$3 million, with the additional US$7 million payable over the following two years. Further, Collins will pay Seeing Machines non-recurring engineering (NRE) payments to develop the solutions, evolving into potential future royalty payments as shipsets are released to customers.

Collins is accelerating innovation by bringing together the companies’ collective expertise in navigation, communication, sensor technology, flight controls and aviation system design. Pilot support solutions help to monitor and mitigate fatigue and reduce the potential for human error.

Troy Brunk, President of Avionics at Collins Aerospace stated: “This agreement with Seeing Machines allows Collins Aerospace to further enhance our solutions. Seeing Machines’ cutting edge technology, coupled with our expertise in avionics and flight controls will help deliver innovative products that address the evolving needs of our customers. It is a testament to our commitment to ensuring the safety of pilots, flight crews and passengers.”

Seeing Machines continues to lead the world in eye-tracking solutions for the Aviation industry with commercial deals across aircraft, simulator, and console operators. This Agreement further strengthens the Company’s leading status within the sector, as Collins leverages the breadth of their capabilities to integrate this technology into its suite of solutions to solve safety critical problems facing the world’s airlines. Partnering with the world’s largest and most progressive Avionics Tier 1 company cements Seeing Machines’ position at the heart of fatigue management in global Aviation, with the ability to implement its unique eye-tracking technology, at scale, with some of the world’s most sophisticated and respected brands.

Seeing Machines CEO, Paul McGlone commented: “Over the past five years, Seeing Machines has shaped the eye-tracking market for Aviation, working with some of the world’s largest companies to develop and implement our leading interior sensing technology. We are now in a position to immediately exploit our significant existing pipeline of business opportunities by bringing these solutions to market through this transformational partnership with the world’s leading Avionics supplier. Our business operates with high barriers to entry and we have been uncontested in this space to date, so the timing could not be better. Being able to deliver for our customers, on a scale we could not do independently, demonstrates the enduring strengths of our differentiated, high-quality operating model, the superiority of our proprietary technology and our focus on delivering value for the benefit of all stakeholders.”

About Seeing Machines

A global company founded in 2000 and headquartered in Australia, is an industry leader in vision-based monitoring technology that enable machines to see, understand and assist people. Seeing Machines is revolutionizing global transport safety. Its technology portfolio of AI algorithms, embedded processing and optics, power products that need to deliver reliable real-time understanding of vehicle operators. The technology spans the critical measurement of where a driver is looking, through to classification of their cognitive state as it applies to accident risk. Reliable “driver state” measurement is the end-goal of Driver Monitoring Systems (DMS) technology. Seeing Machines develops DMS technology to drive safety for Automotive, Commercial Fleet, Off-road and Aviation. The company has offices in Australia, USA, Europe and Asia, and supplies technology solutions and services to industry leaders in each market vertical.

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Flight School Management Software Provider, Flight Schedule Pro, Unveils a New Way to Schedule

United States headquartered flight school management software provider Flight Schedule Pro is excited to announce the release of their Find a Time tool, complemented by weather data and a refreshed new look and feel to the schedule itself. With its ease of use, Find a Time will transform how flights are scheduled, leading to more reservation hours booked, and by extension, more revenue generated for our operators.

Find a Time

The days of student pilots searching the schedule day by day hoping to find time when a favored aircraft and instructor both match up have been permanently grounded. The pros of scheduling have created a crisp new way for aviators to find time in the sky – introducing Find a Time, the autopilot for booking reservations.

Simply plug in the desired activity, aircraft and instructor(s), click the Find a Time button, and this new feature will map out all available openings matching the criteria. Pilots can then select multiple reservations at a time, complete any necessary reservation details, and book all reservations in one smooth workflow. This solution not only eliminates the friction of finding available time to fly, it is also a more flexible and user-friendly way to book multiple reservations simultaneously than the recent system was able to offer. For end users, Find a Time preferences are stored and applied on every subsequent use of the tool. This speeds up the process for students in a certification program or for customers that prefer to fly the same aircraft when they rent. Effective scheduling with Find a Time is just the beginning. Additional functionality will become available in future months.

New Schedule

Flight Schedule Pro has always prided itself on their Schedule; it is their core engine. After all, it is called Flight Schedule Pro, right? Their crew has always held high standards through each product release to maintain a clean, fresh, and friendly user interface. With that, Flight Schedule Pro determined that their Schedule was due for an engine overhaul.

Flight Schedule Pro logged 8.72 million completed reservations within the past 10 years (7.41 million of those checked-in reservations being within the last 5 years) and continue to build on that number every day! As they grow to better serve the needs of the flight training industry, their core engine needs to incorporate the latest tools and technology. This update brings a fresh yet familiar look to the schedule, but most importantly, guarantees clear skies as they continue to build on a strong, stable foundation towards the future.


Weather is the most crucial piece of information for a pilot. Whether it’s making the go or no-go call, or trying to plan a flight scheduled for an overcast or foggy morning, pilots must always be in tune with the weather. After much user research and feedback, Flight Schedule Pro is excited to share the first phase of their weather release, which includes both Meteorological Aerodrome Report (METAR) information, sourced directly from the National Weather Service, and current field conditions displayed directly on the new schedule! Flight Schedule Pro strongly believes that this release adds valuable information that can improve situational awareness for pilots and aid in flight planning.

Single location operators and users will now see the full METAR text, color coded to denote real-time conditions. For flight ops with multiple locations, their team has built color coded current field conditions shown for each airport, with the METAR text displayed on hover. A detailed view displaying decoded METAR and Terminal Area Forecast (TAF) information is included for an operator’s defined locations as well as the option to look up weather conditions for any other airport.

Next Steps

For Flight Operators: To enable this display, each location must be associated with an ICAO identifier. If your airport does not have an ICAO identifier the nearest reporting airport can be entered instead. Using the nearest airport will not affect the name or other functionality of the location, it will simply enable weather information to be displayed.  To add or update this information go to Settings > Company > Locations and select one to edit.

For Users: Once your flight operator enables this display, weather will automatically appear on the refreshed schedule. Book your next aircraft reservation using Find a Time!

Flight Schedule Pro takes feedback very seriously. Feedback from their users is a key driver as they plan product roadmap – weather specifically being a popular request.

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Polish Helicopter Flight School Integrates Evionica Software for Efficient Operations

Heli Solution based in Poland, integrates the “Best Pilot app” by flight school management software provider, Evionica. “The Best Pilot app” is a cutting edge, cutting costs, cutting paperwork and cutting time for flight schools and learners alike. A place where all training information, resources, lessons and lesson plans are just a click away. It is the perfect solution for those who prefer to focus on the beauty of flying.

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Polish Flight School, UnitedSky Aviation, Joins Flight School Management Platform FlightLogger

Back in 2020, during the Pilot Expo, Polish Flight School UnitedSky Aviation Training connected with FlightLogger. As the company grew and expanded its operations, it became clear that going digital was a necessary step. FlightLogger, with its constantly evolving software, provided the perfect solution to manage their operations.

After conducting extensive research, UnitedSky’s board of directors concluded that FlightLogger was one of the best options available.

UnitedSky is a certified pilot training academy located in Poland, established in 2008. The academy offers high-quality theoretical and practical training for private and commercial pilots in accordance with EASA standards and recommendations.

The company’s fleet of aircraft, including Cessna 172 and 182, Koliber 150 and 160, Beechcraft Baron, Tecnam 2006 and P-Mentor, are well-maintained. Practical training is conducted using a flight simulator at the airport in Babice and Alsim ALX in Ogonki, Masuria.

The academy’s friendly team of instructors are experienced and professionally active, making the learning experience enjoyable. The training programs are at the same level or even higher than those in Western countries. Over 2,000 graduates have completed their training programs, and the high pass rate of exams proves the effectiveness of their programs.

The theoretical part of the training takes place in the heart of Warsaw, on the 11th floor of the neo-modernist skyscraper Widok Towers, and individual trainings are available. Practical training is currently conducted at the Babice EPBC Airport, while intensive pilot training is offered in Masuria, one of Poland’s most attractive regions.

The academy has a four-star boutique hotel in Ogonki village that offers students a “Rest and Learn” experience, with activities ranging from foreign language and Italian cooking classes to spa, wellness, health, and biological regeneration services.

UnitedSky’s training programs prioritize safety and maintain the highest standards, meeting the requirements of aviation supervision. The cost of training and maintenance in Poland is much lower than in Western countries, with UnitedSky’s prices being lower even by half. The academy is open to both Polish and foreign clients, and classes are conducted in English as well as Polish.

In addition to the standard “FlightLogger Essentials” package, the flight school opted for 2 additional modules, the Safety Management System and the Student & Renter Account Module.

“At UnitedSky Aviation, we can confidently say that FlightLogger’s Student & Renter Account Module and Safety Management System add-ons have been incredibly helpful for our daily operations. The account module provides us with a better overview and more control of our financial situation as a school, while also giving us the ability to closely monitor the individual financial status of our students. With automatic transaction lines and warnings for low account balances, we can avoid uncertain and unpleasant situations.

FlightLogger’s Safety Management System add-on has also been essential for us. It enables all of our users to easily register safety issues and allows our safety manager to react accordingly. The system is incredibly easy to use, with the ability to file a report in just three clicks. Once a report is filed, the safety manager is notified and can categorize it into one or multiple headlines for an updated hazard log. The safety manager can then perform a risk assessment and root cause analysis, which will be used later in the hazard log. The system also allows for easy printing and sending of reports to designated receivers.

Overall, we are very satisfied with FlightLogger and highly recommend it to any flight school in need of a user-friendly and efficient system,” said UnitedSky Aviation.

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