Top Aces AME Wins 2018 Women in Defence Award

Montreal, August 8, 2018 – Top Aces Inc. (Top Aces) Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME), Jamie Neggers, was recently named a 2018 Women in Defence Award recipient by Australian Defence Magazine (ADM). Selected as the winner in the category “Technical Trade,” she was presented with the award on July 27, 2018 at a gala dinner held in Canberra. Jamie has been with Top Aces since 2011.

The ADM Women in Defence Awards were launched as a way to celebrate talented, determined, successful women who make a positive impact in the defence industry in one of seven different categories.

“This is very well-deserved recognition for all of Jamie’s hard work and determination in setting up our successful maintenance team in Australia,” said Chief Operations Officer, Didier Toussaint. “She has done an outstanding job in the last 6 months leading a multinational maintenance team;  setting up this operation from scratch a year ago to where it stands today with a 98% daily mission availability rate. This award and the success we are having in Australia supporting the RAAF is a testament to Jamie’s leadership, determination, resourcefulness and initiative.”

About Top Aces

Top Aces and its U.S. subsidiary, Top Aces Corp., employ the world’s largest privately-held operational fleet of fighter aircraft to provide advanced adversary and JTAC services across three continents. The mission-critical training provided enhances the operational readiness of allied air forces worldwide. To learn more on how Top Aces is changing the face of air combat training, visit topaces.com.

Photo credit: ADM-Leigh Atkinson

Red Aces Team Down-Selected for ASDOT Competition

Montreal, March 16, 2018 – The Leonardo, Top Aces and Inzpire team, named Red Aces, has been down-selected by the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to compete for a contract to meet the Air Support to Defence Operational Training (ASDOT) capability. Team Red Aces is creating an industry-leading solution to provide a safe, highly representative live air support service to the British Armed Forces and its allies. 

Within the Red Aces team, the three companies have combined their proven capabilities, expertise and unrivalled experience to provide a partnered, long-term, low-risk solution for the UK MOD. The Red Aces solution intends to meet the highest standards of airworthiness certification, ensuring the service provided is safe and reliable. 

Red Aces intends to offer training capabilities which far exceed those currently fielded within the UK live training environment. Red Aces will choose these capabilities to meet the evolving operational and technological needs of Defence Operational Training out to 2035 and beyond; this has the potential to provide essential support to future UK Air, Land and Maritime force elements as they train to defend the UK and its interests worldwide.

Leonardo is at the forefront of UK innovation in airborne systems and services and therefore an ideal partner for ASDOT. As well as delivering advanced technologies such as radars, sensors and electronic warfare systems to the British Armed Forces, the company partners with the UK Ministry of Defence to deliver contracts that often span multiple platforms, systems and services. With extensive experience in working with the RAF on their Typhoon and Tornado aircraft, providing advanced technology, training, services and support, Leonardo is well placed to understand the end user requirements for ASDOT and offer the best mix of simulation, networked and integrated training capabilities to train British combat jet pilots in the most effective and efficient way possible.

Inzpire is trusted by the RAF Air Warfare Centre, RAF Typhoon Force, and Air Battlespace Training Centre at RAF Waddington to design and deliver large-scale live and synthetic operational training. The company has one-of-a-kind experience in LVC (live, virtual, constructive) training research, development, and delivery in the UK. Inzpire’s pilots conduct live combat training with Typhoon for the Royal Air Force and for the British Army with Apache and Wildcat helicopter pilots on a daily basis. For ASDOT, as with their existing training delivery, Inzpire will act as “Red Lead” by producing, leading and executing the Aggressor plan.

Top Aces is the most experienced provider of turnkey tactical airborne training in the world. With more than 68,000 accident-free flight hours and Main Operating Bases across three continents, Top Aces is preparing to introduce the next generation of aggressor training using advanced 4th generation supersonic aggressor aircraft. Flown by highly experienced Fighter Weapons Instructor pilots, and equipped with advanced radar and electronic attack (EA) systems, as well as other advanced on-board systems, Top Aces will deliver the mission profiles, flexibility, and availability demanded by ASDOT.

Discovery Air Defence Announces Corporate Rebranding, Re-emerges as Top Aces

Montreal, February 1, 2018 – Top Aces Inc. (“Top Aces”), formerly Discovery Air Defence Services Inc., today announced the return to the company’s original name. With an unparalleled record of flight safety and safety-first culture, Top Aces has the experience that matters. It has flown 68,000-plus accident-free flight hours and is the exclusive adversary air provider to the Australian, Canadian, and German armed forces.

“2018 is a very exciting year for Top Aces and the global adversary air industry,” said Paul Bouchard, President of Top Aces. “This rebrand builds on our proud history. It aligns our geographical brands into one to provide the world’s most advanced adversary air solutions to prepare Western aircrews for today’s new threats.”

The refreshed logo represents a modern visual identity. Stylized in red and blue colours, the wordmark highlights the role of Red Air and Blue Air in the world of adversary air training.

  • Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. has re-emerged as Top Aces Inc.
  • Aligns all geographical brands to one global brand, serving the world’s leading air forces
  • Facilitates stronger participation in the global adversary air market by connecting the company’s unrivalled past performance in safety, experience and innovation with the next-generation of Contracted Airborne Training Services in Canada
  • As the world’s most experienced adversary air training provider, Top Aces will be fielding advanced 4th generation supersonic aggressor aircraft for service


An Experienced Name in Adversary Air

Since 2005, Top Aces has provided airborne training to the world’s leading air forces. With its unparalleled safety record and an industry-leading 68,000 hours flown in support of its customers worldwide, Top Aces has the experience that matters. 

Clairvest Group Inc. has been a long-term investor in Top Aces. Discovery Air Inc. and Clairvest had announced in December 2017 a conversion of debt to equity. Clairvest and its affiliates are significant owners of the company along with U.S. institutional investors which participated in an equity financing also in December.

Fourth Generation Aggressor Aircraft for the World’s Leading Air Forces

In addition to its current services, Top Aces is preparing to introduce the next generation of adversary services using advanced 4th generation supersonic aggressor aircraft. Flown by highly experienced Top Gun and Fighter Weapons Instructor pilots, and equipped with advanced radar and electronic attack (EA) systems, as well as other advanced on-board systems, Top Aces offers the ideal adversary solution for today’s warfighters. Top Aces operates from Main Operating Bases located in Australia, Canada, Germany and the United States. 

About Top Aces

Top Aces and its U.S. subsidiary, Top Aces Corp., employ the world’s largest privately-held operational fleet of fighter aircraft to provide advanced adversary and JTAC services across three continents. The mission-critical training provided enhances the operational readiness of allied air forces worldwide. To learn more on how Top Aces is changing the face of air combat training, visit topaces.com.

Discovery Air Defence Flies First Fast Jet Training Mission in Australia

Montreal, November 14, 2017 – Top Aces (formerly DA Defence), today announced that it has now flown its first fast jet training mission in support of the Australian Defence Force’s Fast Jet Trial contract.

Two Top Aces upgraded Alpha Jets and four Air Affairs Learjets participated in air-to-air missions as Red Air aggressors near RAAF Williamtown, New South Wales. The jets were participating in the Royal Australian Air Force 81 Wing workups for future exercises.  

“This inaugural fast jet mission is a great milestone for everyone involved in our new Australian program,” said Steven “Bunt” Nierlich, Top Aces Program Manager and a highly-experienced former CF-18 pilot. “Top Aces and Air Affairs Australia are committed to delivering the world’s best adversary training to the Australian Defence Force.”

“This mission marks the achievement of initial operating capability (IOC) in our Australian fast jet program,” said Paul Bouchard, President of Top Aces. “Working closely with our partner Air Affairs Australia, also an expert in providing both jet and unmanned target services, we look forward to training the Australian Defence Force with highly-representative adversary threats beyond this trial and into the future.”

Top Aces is the most experienced provider of turnkey tactical airborne training in the world. With eight Main Operating Bases across three continents, Top Aces operates the world’s largest privately-owned fleet of aggressor and combat support aircraft. With an unparalleled safety record, including 66,000 accident-free flight hours, Top Aces, along with their wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary, Top Aces Corp., is the exclusive contracted airborne training service provider to the Canadian, German, and Australian armed forces. Top Ace’s unique mix of modern fighter and special mission aircraft equipped with representative 4th generation threat capabilities delivers the mission profiles, flexibility, and availability demanded by the world’s leading air forces.