Top Aces atteint le niveau record de 80 000 heures d’entraînement au combat aérien

Ce jalon historique arrive au moment où l’entreprise envisage une expansion à l’échelle mondiale

Montréal, le 15 août 2019 – Top Aces Inc. a annoncé aujourd’hui qu’elle avait fracassé son propre record de 75 000 heures d’entraînement opérationnel au combat aérien pour atteindre le cap des 80 000 heures de vol, tout en maintenant le dossier de sécurité le plus enviable de l’industrie. Aucun autre fournisseur d’entraînement au combat aérien avec adversaire au monde n’a atteint ce nombre d’heures de vol en effectuant des missions d’entraînement au combat aérien en temps réel.

Ce jalon a été atteint le 30 juillet 2019 durant du soutien de type « force rouge » (Red Air) à deux avions pour des chasseurs Eurofighters de l’Armée de l’air allemande (GAF) de la 71e escadre tactique « Richthofen » à Wittmund, en Allemagne. Les pilotes en question, Elmar « Elmo » Besold et Raimund « Lendi » Lendermann, sont parmi les plus chevronnés de Top Aces.

Fier fournisseur de services évolués et novateurs d’entraînement au combat aérien avec adversaire aux principales forces aériennes au monde au Canada, en Australie, en Allemagne et bientôt aux États-Unis, Top Aces s’est forgé une réputation pour son engagement en matière de professionnalisme, de sécurité et d’efficacité.

« Notre dévouement envers nos clients ainsi que notre motivation à toujours faire mieux nous ont permis d’atteindre le nombre record de 80 000 heures de vol, a dit Paul Bouchard, président et chef de la direction de Top Aces. Nous sommes très heureux de franchir ce cap et sommes déterminés à continuer d’offrir des services d’entraînement en présence d’ennemis hautement représentatifs et de prochaine génération à tous nos clients partout dans le monde. »

Grâce à sa flotte composée d’Alpha Jets de Dornier, de A-4 Skyhawks de Douglas, de Learjet 35 A et de Westwinds ainsi qu’une future flotte de chasseurs F-16, Top Aces propose une offre polyvalente pour répondre aux besoins croissants de ses clients. L’entreprise projette une expansion cette année même. Lors de l’important Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) tenu au Royaume-Uni le mois dernier, Top Aces a eu l’occasion de rencontrer les hauts dirigeants des principales forces aériennes du monde pour étudier les possibilités de croissance.

« Nous sommes extrêmement fiers d’annoncer cette magnifique réalisation de notre entreprise, a dit Russ Quinn, chef de la direction commerciale de Top Aces. Notre vision demeure d’être le fournisseur de confiance de solutions évoluées d’entraînement au combat

À propos de Top Aces

Top Aces fournit des services évolués d’entraînement en vol aux plus importantes forces aériennes du monde. Fondée en 2000 par un petit groupe d’anciens pilotes de chasse talentueux, Top Aces possède la plus importante empreinte d’avions de chasse opérationnels privés, fournissant des services évolués en matière d’entraînement en présence d’ennemis, de défense aérienne et de contrôleur interarmées de la finale de l’attaque partout sur la planète. L’entraînement essentiel offert par Top Aces améliore l’état de préparation opérationnelle des forces de combat en fournissant une expérience réaliste et réelle, tout en prolongeant la durée de vie de la flotte.

Top Aces transforme l’image de l’entraînement au combat aérien grâce à son dossier de sécurité inégalé, à son extraordinaire équipe et à ses 80 000 heures de vol d’entraînement opérationnel, un record dans l’industrie, en soutien à ses clients partout dans le monde. Top Aces a l’expérience, une force qui compte. Pour de plus amples renseignements, visitez www.topaces.com.

Personne-ressource pour les médias :
Rachel Andrews
Directrice du marketing
rachel.andrews@topaces.com
+1 514 694-5565, poste 2201
+1 514 451-5131

L’association de l’Aviation royale canadienne décerne Top Aces avec le Trophée J.A.D. (John Alexander Douglas) McCurdy

Montréal, le 13 février 2019 – Top Aces Inc. était extrêmement fière de recevoir le trophée John Alexander Douglas McCurdy lors du petit-déjeuner annuel de la patrouille de l’Aviation royale canadienne (ARC) tenu aujourd’hui à Ottawa. Le prix est décerné chaque année par l’association de l’Aviation royale canadienne «En reconnaissance des réalisations remarquables et méritoires de Canadiens dans le domaine de l’aviation civile.»

«Nous recevons ce prix avec fierté et humilité car il souligne les années d’effort de toute notre équipe et la confiance immense de nos clients», a déclaré le président et chef de la direction, Paul Bouchard. «Notre industrie d’entraînement au combat avec adversaire, unique en son genre, est sur le point de connaître une croissance phénoménale au cours des prochaines années. Cette reconnaissance de la part de l’association de l’ARC témoigne du chemin que nous avons tracé et d’un avenir prometteur.»

À propos de Top Aces

 Top Aces fournit des services évolués d’entraînement en vol aux plus importantes forces aériennes du monde. Fondée en 2000 par un petit groupe d’anciens pilotes de chasse talentueux, Top Aces possède la plus importante empreinte d’avions de chasse opérationnels privés, fournissant des services évolués en matière d’entraînement en présence d’ennemis, de défense aérienne et de contrôleur interarmées de la finale de l’attaque partout sur la planète. L’entraînement essentiel offert par Top Aces améliore l’état de préparation opérationnelle des forces de combat en fournissant une expérience réaliste et réelle, tout en prolongeant la durée de vie de la flotte.

Top Aces transforme l’image de l’entraînement au combat aérien grâce à son dossier de sécurité inégalé, à son extraordinaire équipe et à ses plus de 75 000 heures de vol d’entraînement opérationnel, un record dans l’industrie, en soutien à ses clients partout dans le monde. Top Aces a l’expérience, une force qui compte. Pour de plus amples renseignements, visitez www.topaces.com.

 

Personne-ressource pour les médias :

Rachel Andrews
Directrice du marketing
rachel.andrews@topaces.com
+1 514 694-5565, poste 2201
+1 514 451-5131

Top Aces atteint le niveau record de 75 000 heures d’entraînement au combat aérien

Montréal, le 16 janvier 2019 – Top Aces Inc. a annoncé aujourd’hui l’atteinte du niveau sans précédent de 75 000 heures d’entraînement opérationnel au combat aérien. Ce seuil historique a été atteint en décembre, dans le cadre d’un déploiement à la base aérienne américaine de Miramar. Les avions Alpha Jet de Top Aces ont été déployés en soutien à l’exercice PUMA STRIKE de l’Aviation royale canadienne (ARC), fournissant à la fois un entraînement de type « force rouge » (Red Air) et d’attaque électronique au 410e Escadron d’entraînement opérationnel à l’appui tactique et au 409e Escadron d’appui tactique de la base des Forces canadiennes (BFC) Cold Lake. Cet exercice mettait en vedette des avions de l’ARC, notamment des CF-18 et des KC-130, appuyés par des contrôleurs des armes aériennes de l’ARC.

Les équipes de Top Aces ont également été récemment déployées à la base aérienne Holloman pour fournir du soutien lors de l’exercice TIPIC STRIKE du 433e Escadron d’appui tactique de l’ARC. Elles ont participé à des exercices d’entraînement mutuellement avantageux avec les Replacement Training Units (RTU) des escadrons de chasse 8, 311 et 314 de la United States Air Force (USAF) et ont travaillé avec les contrôleurs interarmées de la finale de l’attaque canadiens et américains. Les avions de Top Aces ont participé à des opérations d’appui aérien rapproché avec des avions CF-18, Alpha Jet et MQ-9 Reaper, assurant notamment la livraison d’armes inertes. Tous les ans, Top Aces réalise des déploiements pour satisfaire aux besoins de ses clients, quel que soit l’endroit où ils effectuent leurs exercices.

« Grâce à la confiance de nos clients et au dévouement de notre équipe, nous venons de réaliser un record mondial d’heures de vol pour un fournisseur de services d’entraînement aérien en présence d’ennemis, a dit Paul Bouchard, président, chef de la direction et fondateur de Top Aces. Aucune société de notre industrie n’avait franchi le cap des 75 000 heures dans le monde. Nous sommes très fiers de cet exploit, ainsi que de notre dossier de sécurité et de nos normes en matière de navigabilité qui comptent parmi les meilleurs de l’industrie. Nous sommes prêts à fournir de nouveaux services d’entraînement en présence d’ennemis hautement représentatifs à tous nos clients partout dans le monde. »

Pour répondre aux besoins de ses clients, Top Aces présentera une nouvelle génération de services d’entraînement en présence d’ennemis au moyen de l’avion F-16 Fighting Falcon supersonique équipé d’un système de radar perfectionné, d’un système d’attaque électronique et d’un système embarqué. Top Aces s’engage à continuer à fournir le niveau exceptionnel de qualité et de rendement exigé par les forces aériennes du monde.

À propos de Top Aces

Top Aces fournit des services évolués d’entraînement en vol aux plus importantes forces aériennes du monde. Fondée en 2000 par un petit groupe d’anciens pilotes de chasse talentueux, Top Aces possède la plus importante empreinte d’avions de chasse opérationnels privés, fournissant des services évolués en matière d’entraînement en présence d’ennemis, de défense aérienne et de contrôleur interarmées de la finale de l’attaque partout sur la planète. L’entraînement essentiel offert par Top Aces améliore l’état de préparation opérationnelle des forces de combat en fournissant une expérience réaliste et réelle, tout en prolongeant la durée de vie de la flotte.

Top Aces transforme l’image de l’entraînement au combat aérien grâce à son dossier de sécurité inégalé, à son extraordinaire équipe et à ses 75 000 heures de vol d’entraînement opérationnel, un record dans l’industrie, en soutien à ses clients partout dans le monde. Top Aces a l’expérience, une force qui compte. Pour de plus amples renseignements, visitez www.topaces.com.

Personne-ressource pour les médias :
Rachel Andrews
Directrice du marketing
rachel.andrews@topaces.com
+1 514 694-5565, poste 2201
+1 514 451-5131

Top Aces Achieves 70,000 Hours of Air Combat Training Excellence Worldwide

Montreal, April 27, 2018 – Top Aces Inc. announced today that it reached 70,000 hours of air combat training excellence worldwide. The event occurred during a training mission for the Canadian Armed Forces near Victoria, British Columbia. Training provided by Top Aces preserves valuable fleet life of military front line fighters and enhances military operational effectiveness. 

“We are incredibly proud of this significant milestone” said Didier Toussaint, Chief Operations Officer of Top Aces. “This achievement is unparalleled in our industry, it speaks to the professionalism and commitment of every Top Aces employee to excellence, and the long term partnerships that we have established with our valued customers. We will continue to leverage our industry-leading safety record and airworthiness standards to deliver the next generation of highly-representative adversary air to all our customers.”

Top Aces is the most experienced provider of turnkey tactical airborne training in the world. Top Aces is ready to introduce the next generation of aggressor training using advanced 4th generation supersonic aggressor aircraft, equipped with advanced radar, electronic attack (EA) systems and advanced on-board systems. Top Aces will continue to deliver the quality and performance demanded by the world’s leading air forces.

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.

For Further Information

Garrick Ngai
Director of Marketing
Garrick.Ngai@topaces.com
+1 514-694-5565

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.

For Further Information

Garrick Ngai
Director of Marketing
Garrick.Ngai@topaces.com
+1 514-694-5565

Discovery Air Defence Flies First Fast Jet Training Mission in Australia

Montreal, November 14, 2017 – Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. (“DA Defence”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc., 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 DA Defence 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, DA Defence Program Manager and a highly-experienced former CF-18 pilot. “Discovery Air Defence 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 DA Defence. “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.”

DA Defence is the most experienced provider of turnkey tactical airborne training in the world. With eight Main Operating Bases across three continents, DA Defence 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, DA Defence, 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. DA Defence’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.

About DA Defence and Discovery Air

DA Defence and its U.S. subsidiary, Top Aces Corp., have the world’s largest privately-held operating fleet of fighter aircraft. The training provided supports the operational readiness of both current and future generation fighter aircraft. Discover more on how DA Defence is changing the face of air combat training at experiencematters.ca. #CdnInnovation #AeroInnovates

Discovery Air Inc. is a global leader in specialty aviation services. We deliver exceptional air combat training; medevac equipped aircraft services; air charter services; helicopter operations; and transport and logistics support to ensure operational readiness, health, safety, and vital lifelines for our clients and the communities we serve. Discovery Air’s unsecured convertible debentures trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol DA.DB.A).

For Further Information:

Garrick Ngai
Director of Marketing
Garrick.Ngai@discoveryair.com
514-694-5565

Discovery Air Defence Awarded Long-Term Contracted Airborne Training Services Contract

Montreal, October 31, 2017 – Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. (“DA Defence”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc., today announced it has been awarded through a competition the long-term Contracted Airborne Training Services (CATS) contract by the Government of Canada. This contract is for 10 years with 1 two-year option and a second 17-month option. DA Defence will deliver CATS services to the Canadian Armed Forces from permanent operating bases located in four different Canadian provinces using a fleet of modernized Alpha Jet and Learjet aircraft.

“It is an honour to be selected as Canada’s long term partner for the provision of CATS by offering a true made-in-Canada solution,” said Paul Bouchard, President of DA Defence. “Our outstanding team of highly experienced CF-18 pilots and fighter weapons instructors combined with our team of dedicated maintenance, engineering and support personnel will continue to deliver the world’s most comprehensive airborne training to prepare the Canadian military for ever-changing challenges and threats to Canada and its allies beyond 2030.

“Over the course of the past 12 years, we have exceeded all customer expectations to become Canada’s trusted provider of airborne training,” said Didier Toussaint, Group President and Operations Manager of DA Defence. “Our proven track record of safety, experience and innovation will continue to serve the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces well into the future. I am also very proud that this long-term CATS award will support ongoing economic and technological benefits in the Montreal aerospace supercluster and boost Canada’s Key Industrial Capabilities in aerospace on the world stage.” Both Messrs. Bouchard and Toussaint are also former CF-18 fighter weapons instructor pilots.

DA Defence is the most experienced provider of turnkey tactical airborne training in the world. With eight Main Operating Bases across three continents, DA Defence 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, DA Defence, 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. DA Defence’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 Canadian Armed Forces and the world’s leading air forces.

About DA Defence and Discovery Air

DA Defence and its U.S. subsidiary, Top Aces Corp., have the world’s largest privately-held operating fleet of fighter aircraft. The training provided supports the operational readiness of both current and future generation fighter aircraft. Discover more on how DA Defence is changing the face of air combat training at experiencematters.ca. #CdnInnovation #AeroInnovates

Discovery Air Inc. is a global leader in specialty aviation services. We deliver exceptional air combat training; medevac equipped aircraft services; air charter services; helicopter operations; and transport and logistics support to ensure operational readiness, health, safety, and vital lifelines for our clients and the communities we serve. Discovery Air’s unsecured convertible debentures trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol DA.DB.A).

For Further Information:

Discovery Air Defence
Garrick Ngai
Director of Marketing
Garrick.Ngai@discoveryair.com
514-694-5565

Discovery Air
Investor Relations 
Toll-Free (866) 903 3247

Leonardo Teams with DA and Inzpire to Deliver a Solution for Air Support to Defence Operational Training Programme for the British Armed Forces

London, September 12, 2017 – Leonardo has teamed with Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. (“DA Defence”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc., and Inzpire Ltd. to develop and deliver a customer-centered, low-risk, live air training solution for the UK Ministry of Defence’s Air Support to Defence Operational Training (“ASDOT”) programme. The companies will combine their capabilities, expertise and experience in live air aggressor training, air warfare training, Electronic Warfare and airborne systems integration to deliver a highly capable and scalable solution to support ASDOT’s live fly tactical training needs through the mid-2030s.

DA Defence and Inzpire first announced a relationship in February 2017 to combine their unique capabilities to support ASDOT. Leonardo now joins the team with years of experience and expertise in designing and delivering long term, complex programmes for the UK MOD, including in world-class airborne systems, radars and electronics. The team intends to deliver the most operationally and technically relevant fleet and technical solutions to support ASDOT training requirements.

Leonardo: A Top-10 Global Aerospace, Defence and Security Company

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: Trusted Experts in Team and Collective Training for the British Military

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 British Army 

Apache and Wildcat helicopter pilots on a daily basis. For ASDOT, as with their existing training delivery, Inzpire will act as “Red One” by producing, leading and executing the Aggressor plan.

DA Defence: Delivering Safe and Representative Aggressors for 5th Generation Training

DA Defence is the most experienced provider of turnkey tactical airborne training in the world. With eight Main Operating Bases across three continents, DA Defence operates the world’s largest privately-owned fleet of aggressor and combat support aircraft. With more than 66,000 accident-free flight hours, DA Defence is the exclusive fast-jet airborne training service provider to the Canadian, German, and Australian armed forces. DA Defence’s unique mix of modern fighter and special mission aircraft equipped with representative 4th generation threat capabilities will deliver the mission profiles, flexibility, and availability demanded by ASDOT.

About Leonardo

Leonardo is among the top ten global players in Aerospace, Defence and Security and Italy’s main industrial company. As a single entity from January 2016, organised into seven business divisions (Helicopters; Aircraft; Aero-structures; Airborne & Space Systems; Land & Naval Defence Electronics; Defence Systems; Security & Information Systems), Leonardo operates in the most competitive international markets by leveraging its areas of technology and product leadership. Listed on the Milan Stock Exchange (LDO), at 31 December 2016 Leonardo recorded consolidated revenues of 12 billion Euros and has a significant industrial presence in Italy, the UK, the U.S. and Poland.

About Inzpire

Inzpire is a proudly British company and was founded in 2005. As a joint-services organisation with more than 1,600 years of military experience, and 200,000 flying hours across the Royal Air Force, British Army and Royal Navy, the Company delivers a range of Defence Managed Services in addition to Mission Systems products. Inzpire delivers a full suite of training and consultancy services to improve performance, safety, value and efficiency. It provides rotary, fixed wing and UAS operational training both in synthetic and live environments, as well as supporting UK Typhoon operations. More information is available at www.inzpire.com

About Discovery Air Defence 

DA Defence and its U.S. subsidiary, Top Aces Corp., have the world’s largest privately-held operating fleet of fighter aircraft. The training provided supports the operational readiness of both current and future generation fighter aircraft. Discover more on how DA Defence is changing the face of air combat training at experiencematters.ca

About Discovery Air 

Discovery Air is a global leader in specialty aviation services. We deliver exceptional air combat training, medevac equipped aircraft services, air charter services, helicopter operations, and transport and logistics support to ensure operational readiness, health, safety, and vital lifelines for our clients and the communities we serve. Discovery Air’s unsecured convertible debentures trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol DA.DB.A).

For further information:

Leonardo Press Office
Leonardo S.p.A.
pressoffice@leonardocompany.com+39 0632473313

Becki Hall
Marketing and Communications Manager 
Inzpire Ltd
becki.hall@inzpire.com
+44 (0) 1522 305785

Garrick Ngai
Director of Marketing
Discovery Air Defence Services Inc.
garrick.ngai@discoveryair.com
+1 514 694 5565

Discovery Air Defence and Air Affairs Australia Win Jet Air Support Trial Contract in Australia

Montreal, March 1, 2017 – Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. (“DA Defence”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc., and Air Affairs Australia Pty Ltd. have been awarded a two-year trial contract by the Commonwealth of Australia to provide Red Air and fighter support to the Australian Defence Force.

The “Jet Air Support – Fast Jet Trial” consists of three highly-advanced Alpha Jets based at RAAF Base Williamtown. These upgraded jets feature dual touch screens, new radios and GPS receivers for enhanced precision and safety.

DA Defence will provide Red Air and fighter support to the Royal Australian Air Force, Joint Terminal Attack Controller (“JTAC”) training to the Australian Army, and anti-surface training for the Royal Australian Navy. The trial will begin in Q3 of this year.

“We are very proud to be selected by the Australian government and Air Affairs to bring our capabilities and experience to the Australian Defence Force. We are exporting Canadian excellence and expertise to a key ally. We are trusted by the world’s leading air forces to deliver highly-representative threats and training to produce the world’s best fighter pilots,” said Paul Bouchard, President of Discovery Air Defence.

“Air Affairs Australia is pleased to be working closely with Discovery Air Defence for the Fast Jet Trial. Discovery Air Defence’s proven track record in contracted air services brings a complimentary solution to our current Jet Air Services contract. Our common commitment to the highest levels of safety and airworthiness will ensure the best training for the Australian Defence Force,” said Chris Sievers, Managing Director of Air Affairs Australia.

DA Defence and its U.S. subsidiary, Top Aces, have the world’s largest privately-held operating fleet of fighter aircraft. The training provided supports the operational readiness of both current and future generation fighter aircraft. To discover more on how DA Defence is changing the face of air combat training, visit experiencematters.ca.

About Discovery Air and Its Subsidiaries

Discovery Air is a global leader in specialty aviation services. We deliver exceptional air combat training, medevac equipped aircraft services, airborne fire services, air charter services, helicopter operations, and transport and logistics support to ensure operational readiness, health, safety, and vital lifelines for our clients and the communities we serve.

Discovery Air’s Class A common voting shares and unsecured convertible debentures trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbols DA.A and DA.DB.A, respectively).

About Air Affairs Australia

Air Affairs Australia is a highly capable and innovative Aviation Operations and Engineering based company. Established in 1995 and 100% Australian-owned, Air Affairs Australia is a leader in the provision of specialised airborne and engineering services. The company is ISO 9001 Quality Certified, Australian Defence Security cleared and provides aircraft operations and maintenance under full CASA certification. Air Affairs Australia operates from purpose built facilities at the Albatross Aviation Technology Park, in Nowra, NSW.

Air Affairs Australia owns and operates a fleet of special mission Learjet and Kingair aircraft, providing specialised air training support services to the Australian Defence Force. The aircraft also fulfil other special mission roles, including turn-key high altitude bushfire reconnaissance services. All aircraft are maintained and operated by the company under full CASA certification, including certified facilities and processes.

For further information:

Sheila Venman
VP, HR & Communications
Discovery Air Inc.
sheila.venman@discoveryair.com
866-903-3247

Chris Sievers
Managing Director
Air Affairs Australia Pty Ltd
Ph:    +61 2 44236755
Mob: +61 412428576 
Email: csievers@airaffairs.com.au