Discovery Air

Discovery Air's Top Aces BATUS contract extended to March 2011

April 6, 2010

Yellowknife, NWT, Discovery Air Inc. announced today that its contract with the British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS) has been extended for an additional one year period. The contract provides for the delivery of airborne training services to British Army Forward Air Controllers using Top Aces' Alpha Jets and pilots.

Top Aces, a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air, is the prime supplier of airborne training and special mission services to the Canadian military, and has been working with the British Army for the past year. Gillian Baranowsky, the Project Manager for both contracts, commented "BATUS is Top Aces' first International customer for combat support. The extension of this contract agreement is a terrific endorsement of the training value we provided to BATUS last year." 

Discovery Air Inc., founded in 2004, is a specialty aviation services company operating across Canada and in select locations internationally. With 145 aircraft, it is one of the largest air operators in Canada, employing 500 flight crew, maintainers and support staff to deliver a variety of air transport and logistical solutions to a wide range of government and business customers. The Company's Government Services segment includes two subsidiaries. Top Aces Inc. delivers airborne training and special mission services to the Canadian military. Hicks & Lawrence is a primary supplier of airborne fire management services to the Ontario government, and provides charter services to government agencies and corporate customers throughout Northern Ontario and Eastern Manitoba. The Company's Northern Services segment includes three companies. Great Slave Helicopters, the second-largest VFR helicopter operator in the country, has bases throughout Northern Canada from which it operates support flights for mining and oil/gas seismic and exploration work, forest fire suppression, aerial construction and precision external load applications, and environmental impact surveys. Air Tindi utilizes a varied fleet of fixed-wing aircraft to provide vital air ambulance services, and to operate both scheduled and charter cargo and passenger flights to remote areas of Northern Canada. And Discovery Mining Services constructs and rents all-weather exploration camps, and provides expediting and logistical support services.

Photo Credit: Chris Sands

Discovery Air's Class A common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol DA.A.

Discovery Air's Debentures trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol DA.DB.

For further information, please contact:

Rolf S. Dawson
Vice President, Corporate Finance and Administration (867) 444 0060

Sheila Venman
Vice President, Administration, Top Aces Inc. (613) 227 5710

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