Top Aces décroche le contrat IDIQ

Le chef de file en services avancés d’entraînement au combat aérien avec adversaire est idéalement positionné pour devenir l’un des principaux fournisseurs de la USAF

Mesa, 25 octobre 2019 – Top Aces Corp. est heureuse d’annoncer qu’elle est au nombre des entreprises sélectionnées dans l’octroi du contrat de soutien aérien aux forces aériennes de combat de la United States Air Force (USAF). Grâce à ce contrat, Top Aces pourra offrir ses capacités hautement évoluées en matière d’entraînement au combat aérien avec adversaire et concourir aux appels d’offres individuels sur 12 bases de la USAF. Top Aces Corp. sera le premier fournisseur à offrir la plateforme F-16, configurée au moyen d’une architecture de systèmes ouverts conçue pour répondre aux besoins variés de la USAF. La flotte de Top Aces sera initialement basée au centre d’excellence F-16 à Mesa, en Arizona.

Pionnière de l’entraînement au combat aérien avec adversaire, Top Aces a contribué à définir le marché des contrats professionnels dans ce secteur depuis plus de 15 ans. Fort du record inégalé de Top Aces de plus de 81 000 heures de vol sans accident, ce partenariat permettra aux leaders au combat actuels et futurs des USAF de s’entraîner avec une entreprise qui comprend parfaitement et appuie complètement la mission essentielle du soutien aérien.

« Les pilotes expérimentés d’avions de chasse de Top Aces ont très hâte d’appuyer la USAF à toutes les étapes du processus de formation », a dit Russ Quinn, président de Top Aces Corp., membre de la USAF pendant 26 ans et ancien pilote d’avions de chasse affichant plus de 3 300 heures de vol d’avions F-16. « Nous nous engageons à fournir une solution de formation unique, flexible et rentable. »

Grâce à l’une des plus importantes flottes opérationnelles privées d’avions de combat, Top Aces est en mesure de fournir au département de la Défense des États-Unis des solutions hautement évoluées en matière d’entraînement. Top Aces est fière d’être la première entreprise commerciale propriétaire et exploitante de la plateforme F-16, équipée d’une architecture de systèmes ouverts qui optimisera l’expérience de formation pour les flottes de quatrième et cinquième générations de la USAF.

« Depuis 15 ans, Top Aces assure de manière efficace et efficiente la formation de la nouvelle génération de leaders au combat partout dans le monde.  Nous sommes reconnaissants de cette occasion d’unir nos efforts à ceux de la USAF pour faire passer au prochain niveau les services d’entraînement au combat aérien » a ajouté M. Quinn.

 

À propos de Top Aces

Top Aces offre un programme d’entraînement aérien évolué et novateur aux principales forces aériennes au monde. Fondée en 2000 par un groupe d’anciens pilotes de chasse de haut niveau, l’entreprise détient la plus importante flotte privée d’avions de chasse opérationnels. Elle offre des services avancés d’entraînement au combat avec adversaire, à la défense aérienne et de contrôleur interarmées de la finale de l’attaque. L’entraînement stratégique offert par Top Aces améliore et renforce la préparation opérationnelle des forces de combat en créant une expérience réaliste tout en prolongeant la durée de vie des flottes de ses clients.

L’entreprise définit les normes de l’industrie de l’entraînement au combat aérien grâce à ses antécédents inégalés en matière de sécurité, son équipe remarquable et son exceptionnel nombre d’heures d’entraînement opérationnel – plus de 81 000 heures de vol à former ses clients partout dans le monde. Top Aces se démarque par une expérience qui fait toute la différence.

Pour de plus amples renseignements, visitez www.topaces.us.

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Rachel Andrews
Directrice du marketing
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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.

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Rachel Andrews
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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.

 

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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).

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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).

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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

Discovery Air Defence and Inzpire Join Forces to Deliver Air Support to Defence Operational Training Programme to the British Armed Forces

Montreal, February 20, 2017 – Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. (“DA Defence”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc., and Inzpire Ltd. have joined forces to bid for the UK Ministry of Defence’s Air Support to Defence Operational Training (“ASDOT”) programme. The two companies will combine their unique capabilities in the live air training environment to deliver the most innovative, relevant and safe training solution for the ASDOT customer.

Providing Accurate, Reliable, Safe and Representative Threats to the British Armed Forces

With the world’s largest privately-owned operational fleet of aggressor aircraft for air support, DA Defence is the most experienced provider of turnkey tactical airborne training and adversary training for militaries worldwide. DA Defence’s mix of modern fighters and special mission aircraft equipped with radar, sensors, EA, and targeting capabilities will deliver the mission profiles, flexibility, and availability demanded by ASDOT.

“As the world leader in contracted air combat training, we are very excited to join forces with the UK’s Inzpire.    The combined strengths of our two companies are uniquely suited to meet the ASDOT requirements and to serve the British Armed Forces’ evolving live-fly, tactical training needs well into the mid-2030s,” said Paul Bouchard, President of DA Defence.

Inzpire are experts in team and collective training. They provide an independent exercise management team to the RAF’s Air Battlespace Training Centre, as well as supplying expertise within the RAF’s Air Warfare Centre through the management of large scale live training exercises. Inzpire’s Qualified Helicopter Flying Instructors instruct the British Army Apache Attack Helicopter and Wildcat Helicopter Conversion-to-Type and conversion to role courses. With proven experience of delivery to the UK MoD, Inzpire will continue their exceptional service to the customer through the delivery of ASDOT.

“After careful consideration of the customer’s requirements, we are pleased to formalize our relationship with Discovery Air Defence. Their proven track record providing ASDOT services worldwide and unrivalled Flight Safety record make them an ideal partner for this program,” said Hugh Griffiths, CEO of Inzpire Ltd.

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 Inzpire

Inzpire is a proudly British company and was founded in 2005. As a joint-services organisation with more than 1,000 years of military experience, and 130,000 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

For further information:

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

Becki Hall
Marketing and Communications Manager 
Inzpire Ltd

becki.hall@inzpire.com
+44 (0) 1522 305785

Discovery Air Defence Participates in Exercise Cutlass Fury 16 over the Atlantic

Montreal, September 27, 2016 – Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. (“DA Defence”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc., recently participated in Exercise CUTLASS FURY 16, a multinational anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise led by the Royal Canadian Navy. DA Defence’s fleet of Alpha Jets and Westwind special mission aircraft join Canadian and allied ships and aircraft conducting ASW training off the coast of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. As a highly-experienced combat support provider to the Canadian Armed Forces, DA Defence aircraft and crews flew more than 180 sorties on various missions including anti-ship warfare training, electronic warfare, threat replication and target tow.

“Discovery Air Defence is providing a variety of services to CUTLASS FURY 16, from electronic warfare to the simulation of fighter jets and missiles. These contracted services allow for a realistic training environment that enhances the skills of all participants,” said Captain (Navy) Craig Skjerpen, Commander Task Group 301.1 for CUTLASS FURY 16.

“Discovery Air Defence is proud to support the RCN and NATO partners in this Task Group-level Joint maritime exercise,” said James Preston Manning, Vice President of Contracted Airborne Training Services. “Our Alpha Jets and Westwinds flew daily missions as the enemy force, replicating threat aircraft and missile systems probing and simulating attacks against surface combatants and CF-18 aircraft. Our pilots flew with RCAF Electronic Warfare Officers onboard and exercised the abilities of warships and CF-18s to detect, identify, warn and engage airborne targets.”

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 us at experiencematters.ca.

About Discovery Air and Its Subsidiaries

Discovery Air Inc. 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).

For Further Information

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

To download a PDF version of this press release, please click here

Discovery Air Defence Achieves 60,000 Hours of Air Combat Training Excellence Worldwide

Montreal, September 9, 2016 – Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. (“DA Defence”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc., announced today that it has recently completed 60,000 hours of air combat training services worldwide. The milestone occurred during a Maritime Fighter Controller training mission near Victoria, British Columbia.

“I’m incredibly proud of this achievement,” said Paul Bouchard, President of DA Defence. “This milestone is unparalleled in our industry and speaks to the professionalism and excellence of our entire organization. We will continue to leverage this industry-leading past performance to deliver representative air combat training to current and future customers, as they transition to 5th Gen fighter technology.”

Garry Venman, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Government Relations at DA Defence added, “The world’s top air forces want a highly capable provider flying radar-equipped 4th gen supersonic aggressors to train their aircrews for the near-peer threats of the future. As the world’s most experienced air combat training provider, we can deliver this training quickly, safely and affordably.”

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. To discover more on how DA Defence is changing the face of air combat training, visit us at 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).

For Further Information

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

To download a PDF version of this press release, please click here

Top Aces Successfully Completes Joint Terminal Attack Controller Training for the German Army

Mesa, AZ – July 11, 2016 –Top Aces Corp. (“Top Aces”), a U.S. leader in high-performance contracted air services, recently completed German Army Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) training support. Top Aces TA-4J Skyhawks flew multiple sorties and successfully completed all scheduled JTAC training events for German Army personnel on training ranges near Boise, Idaho.

“It was extremely rewarding for Top Aces to support our German allies and coalition partners in their JTAC training syllabus”, said David Philman, Vice President, Top Aces. “In coordination with the Idaho Air National Guard JTACs, we were able to assist the German Army controllers to gain greater confidence in their ability to control Close Air Support assets in the high-speed, high-stress environment of Type 1 control.”

“We do highly appreciate the training possibilities with Top Aces here in the U.S. The favourable range options, the weather and the airspace size allow for a realistic training under conditions similar to Afghanistan,” said First Lieutenant Andreas Stemler, JTAC Luftwaffe. “Flying the A-4, Top Aces provide us with outstanding Close Air Support in a realistic airframe.”

Directed by controllers, Top Aces’ highly-experienced pilots flew Close Air Support missions, simulating the delivery of munitions in close proximity to friendly forces. Training in such a demanding environment allowed the controllers to gain valuable experience in directing and controlling simulated Close Air Support and other offensive air operations with high-speed fighter aircraft.

Top Aces and its parent company Discovery Air Defence, have the world’s largest privately-held, operational fleet of contract air support aircraft. The training provided is tailored to support the operational readiness of both current and future generation fighter aircraft and warfighters.

About Top Aces

Top Aces, a wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc., delivers cost-effective, leading-edge air combat training solutions for the U.S. military and allies worldwide. Our experienced team of professionals provide the most realistic air combat training required to generate modern, operationally capable, multi-purpose combat forces. To learn more about how Top Aces is changing the face of air combat training, visit: www.topaces.com.

For further information

David Philman
Vice President
Office: +1-800-353-8068 
Mobile: 210-965-9760
david.philman@topaces.com

Discovery Air Defence Standing Offers extended for Interim Contracted Airborne Training Services

Toronto, ON, June 22, 2016 – Discovery Air Defence Services Inc., (DA Defence) a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc. announced today that its Standing Offers to provide interim Contracted Airborne Training Services (“ICATS”) to the Government of Canada has been extended until December 2017, with two additional six-month option periods.

DA Defence has been the exclusive supplier of “fast jet” (Type 1) and “business jet” (Type 2) airborne training services to the Canadian Armed Forces through these Standing Offers since 2005. The ICATS program supports live-fly Adversary, Joint Terminal Attack Controller training, Electronic Warfare and Electronic Attack training as well as live fire target practice. 

“Our team of retired CF-18 pilots, maintenance technicians and staff are pleased to continue to deliver this service to the Canadian Armed Forces. With over 58,000 hours of combat support training delivered over the past eleven years, we have built unparalleled experience, have had an exemplary flight safety record, all while maintaining industry-leading service levels, including a 98%+ mission success rate. With the largest operating fleet of combat support aircraft in the world, and a footprint across Canada, the U.S., and Europe, DA Defence continues to proudly export Canadian expertise to the world,” stated Paul Bouchard, President of DA Defence.

In February 2016, DA Defence submitted a highly competitive, “true Canadian” solution that creates high quality jobs and investment across Canada as part of the Government of Canada’s Request for Proposal for the 10 year (plus option years) Contracted Airborne Training Services (CATS) program. 

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).

CAUTION REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This news release includes forward-looking statements (as defined in applicable securities laws) regarding Discovery Air and/or its subsidiaries. Forward-looking statements by definition are based on assumptions and, as a result, are subject to risks and uncertainties. As a result of such risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those discussed in forward-looking statements, and readers should not place undue reliance on such statements. For a more detailed discussion of forward-looking statements and the risks associated therewith, please refer to the statement regarding forward-looking statements contained in the Management’s Discussion and Analysis section of Discovery Air’s financial statements for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2016, which are available on Discovery Air’s web site at www.discoveryair.com and on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Forward-looking statements represent expectations as of the date they are made, and Discovery Air disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements it may make, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable securities laws.

For further information

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

Discovery Air Defence Fighter Pilots Achieve Career Milestones in Flying Experience

Montreal, May 25, 2016 – Discovery Air Defence Services Inc (“DA Defence”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc., recently celebrated significant pilot flight hour milestones on the company’s Alpha Jet, A-4N Skyhawk, and Westwind aircraft.

Two DA Defence pilots each surpassed 3,000 flight hours on the Alpha Jet, becoming the first two pilots in North America to achieve this impressive feat, representing approximately 10 years in a full-time line pilot flying position. The individual milestones were achieved during recent deployments to Florida in support of Canada-U.S. military exercises. In addition to 3,000 hours logged on the Alpha Jet, the two fighter pilots are also highly experienced CF-18 Fighter Weapons Instructors – Top Guns – with thousands of hours on the Hornet.

DA Defence celebrates flight hour milestones at each 1,000 hour interval, and recently commended the 12th DA Defence pilot on reaching the 2,000 hour milestone on the Alpha Jet. In Germany, the team is celebrating the recent achievement of the 2,000 hour mark in the A-4N Skyhawk.

“In 10 years, our pilots have accumulated an impressive volume of flight hours providing contracted services”, said James “Preston” Manning, Vice President of iCATS, DA Defence. “It’s no exaggeration to say that we have some of the world’s most experienced fighter pilots, their professionalism and airmanship is acknowledged and valued greatly by our customers.”

“These are significant milestones for any fighter pilot and are indicative of the deep, deep experience within DA Defence” said Paul Bouchard, President of DA Defence. “To put this into context, our pilots have each flown thousands more CATS hours than some entire companies in our industry. I wish to thank all of our pilots for their dedication to safely providing excellent service to our customers and congratulate all of them on these important achievements.”

DA Defence and its U.S. subsidiary, Top Aces, have the world’s largest privately-held, operating fleet of combat 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 in Canada, Germany, U.S. and worldwide, visit us at 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 firefighting 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. Discover more at discoveryair.com.

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).

For further information

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

Discovery Air Defence Supports First Ever German Air Force Eurofighter Fighter Weapons Instructor Course

Montreal, April 14, 2016 – Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. (“DA Defence”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc., recently flew in the first-ever German Air Force (“Luftwaffe”) Eurofighter Fighter Weapons Instructor Course (FWIC). Two DA Defence A-4N Skyhawks flew a number of support missions as Red Air to provide aggressor and dissimilar air combat training (DACT) for Eurofighters from Tactical Flying Wing 73 “Steinhoff” in Laage, Germany.

“These missions mark an important achievement in our German program,” said Rolf Brandt, Senior Program Manager – German Operations, DA Defence. “The Luftwaffe has placed their  trust in Discovery Air Defence to deliver professionally operated, highly-representative adversaries to train Germany’s elite Eurofighter pilots in advanced fighter weapons skills and tactics.”

“We are really pleased to be a key contributor to the success of the new Luftwaffe Eurofighter fighter weapons training program,” said Daniel Gibeau, Chief Operating Officer, DA Defence. “Our modernized Skyhawks flown by highly-seasoned pilots continue to provide positive training outcomes for the German military.”

DA Defence began its contracted airborne training services for the German Armed Forces in January 2015. Flying embedded with the German Air Force, DA Defence is delivering critical air combat training and combat support for the German military at home and on deployment.

DA Defence and its U.S. subsidiary, Top Aces have the world’s largest privately-held, operating fleet of combat 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 In Germany, Canada, U.S. and worldwide, visit us at 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 firefighting 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. Discover more at discoveryair.com.

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).

For further information:

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

Discovery Air Defence Participates in Dissimilar Air Combat Training Exercise in Canary Islands

Montreal, April 6, 2016 – Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. (“DA Defence”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc., recently deployed aircraft from Wittmundhafen, Germany to participate in the annual Dissimilar Air Combat Training (“DACT”) exercise hosted by the Spanish Air Force at Gando Air Base, Canary Islands.

Flying embedded with German Air Force Eurofighter squadrons, DA Defence A-4N Skyhawks joined units on exercise for air combat training with different fighter aircraft, including F-16, F-18 and Mirage 2000. Unlike training with similar aircraft, DACT allows pilots to experience the flight profiles, characteristics and presentations of different combat aircraft. DA Defence’s A-4N Skyhawks presented a new challenge for all exercise participants. It also demonstrated DA Defence’s abilities to partake in multinational large force exercises.

“We brought very positive training challenges for all participants at DACT 2016,” said Rolf Brandt, Senior Program Manager – German Operations. “As dedicated Red Air aggressors, the deployment of our highly agile A-4N Skyhawks brought a new kind of threat for the participants to refine their combat skills and tactics.”

DA Defence began its contracted airborne training services for the German Armed Forces in January 2015 and is delivering critical air combat training and combat support for the German military at home and on deployment abroad.

DA Defence and its U.S. subsidiary, Top Aces Corp., have the world’s largest privately-held, operating fleet of combat 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 in Germany, Canada, U.S. and worldwide, visit us at 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 firefighting 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. Discover more at discoveryair.com.

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).

For further information

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

Discovery Air Defence Completes Successful Deployment in Support of Royal Canadian Navy and the Florida Air National Guard

Montreal, March 22, 2016 – Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. (« DA Defence »), a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc., recently deployed its Dornier Alpha Jets and Westwind Special Mission Aircraft with the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and the Florida Air National Guard to Exercise Eagle Claw 2016 off the coast of Florida. 

DA Defence Alpha Jets and Westwind aircraft executed anti-shipping warfare training, electronic support measure (ESM) training and surface-to-air gunnery training against HMCS ATHABASKAN and CHARLOTTETOWN, as well as the Spanish replenishment ship SPS PATIŇO. Directed by Canadian maritime flight controllers onboard USS FARRAGUT, DA Defence aircraft replicated various threats against the task group. 

« Participation in the Task Group Exercise demonstrates our ability to provide the most relevant training and combat support to the Royal Canadian Navy and to all other elements, » said Paul Bouchard, President of DA Defence. « The missions flown by our aircrew allowed the Royal Canadian Navy and the Florida Air National Guard to test their readiness, to gain vital operational experience and to maintain the highest levels of combat readiness. » 

DA Defence’s Alpha Jets and Westwind fleet returned to their respective bases in Canada at the end of the exercise. DA Defence and its U.S. subsidiary, Top Aces, have the world’s largest privately-held, operating fleet of combat 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 worldwide, visit us at experiencematters.ca. 

About Discovery Air and Its Subsidiaries 

Discovery Air (TSX: DA.A) is a global leader in specialty aviation services. We deliver exceptional air combat training; medevac equipped aircraft services; airborne firefighting 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. Discover more at discoveryair.com. 

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). 

For further information: 

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

Discovery Air Defence Completes Successful Deployment in Support of Royal Canadian Air Force at Exercise Combat Archer

Montreal, February 17, 2016 – Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. (“DA Defence”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc.,  the world’s largest provider of tactical adversary services, recently deployed with Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CF-18s to Exercise Combat Archer at Tyndall Air Force Base.

DA Defence Alpha Jets executed numerous Red Air missions providing dissimilar air combat training for CF-18, F-22, F-35, and F-15 aircrew during a three-week deployment in Florida, which ended on February 5.

“They [DA Defence pilots] are Canadian-trained and are some of our most qualified pilots – utmost professionals,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Dave Turenne, Commander of 425 Squadron. “Those guys are going to do exactly what we need them to do, by providing the presentations and understanding the exact things we’re looking for in training,” he added.

“Anytime we get contracted Red Air, everybody likes it. It’s an extra tactical challenge to solve. The jets, the electronic attack, the low flying and just their experience as aircrew add to the complexity of the mission.” said Lieutenant Colonel Matt Bradley, Commander of 83rd Fighter Weapons Squadron. “For the young pilots with 50 to 100 hours in the jets, they’re building all their experience and the [Alpha] jets are something else they haven’t seen before.”

“Our participation in Combat Archer affirms the continued confidence and trust by Canada and the U.S. in the value of embedded adversary training that our capabilities, people and experience provide. We contribute to the combat readiness of the finest fighter pilots in the world and I’m very proud of our accomplishments at Combat Archer,” remarked Paul Bouchard, President of DA Defence.

DA Defence and its U.S. subsidiary, Top Aces have the world’s largest privately-held, operating fleet of combat 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 worldwide, visit us at experiencematters.ca.

About Discovery Air and Its Subsidiaries

Discovery Air Inc. is a global leader in specialty aviation services. We deliver exceptional air combat training; medevac equipped aircraft services; airborne firefighting 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 is a global leader in specialty aviation services.

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).

For further information
Sheila Venman
VP, HR & Communications
Sheila.Venman@discoveryair.com
866-903-3247

Discovery Air Defence Achieves 55,000 Hours of Air Combat Training Excellence

Montreal, 21 Dec 2015 – Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. (“DA Defence”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc., has recently achieved 55,000 hours of airborne training services for the Canadian Armed Forces, German Armed Forces and other air forces worldwide. This new milestone marks DA Defence’s continuous commitment as a trusted and proven provider of air combat training to Canadian and international customers.

“2015 has been an important year for us,” said Paul Bouchard, President of DA Defence. “The success of our Canadian and German programs, continued expansion of our U.S. operations and our tenth anniversary of training excellence make us extremely proud. I’m very excited about continuing to support our customers in 2016 and beyond.

Garry Venman, VP of Business Development and Government Relations at DA Defence, added, “55,000 hours of proven and trusted experience, successful international operations, and investments in game-changing aircraft, infrastructure and people continues to enable DA Defence to deliver the industry’s leading air combat solutions to customers worldwide.”

About Discovery Air and Its Subsidiaries

Discovery Air is a Canadian specialty aviation company operating over 150 aircraft with approximately 800 team members. Its subsidiaries provide airborne training to the Canadian and German military, air ambulance services, airborne fire services, helicopter operations, fixed-wing air charter services, expediting and logistics support, and a range of maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification, engineering and certification services.

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).

For further information

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

Discovery Air Defence Deploys A-4 Skyhawks to Support the German Air Force in Italy

Montreal, June 25, 2015 – Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. (« DA Defence »), a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc. has deployed McDonnell Douglas A-4 Skyhawks to Decimomannu Air Base in Sardinia, Italy. The DA Defence Skyhawks are providing Red Air adversary training support to German Air Force (Luftwaffe) Eurofighters on deployment in Italy.

DA Defence is providing Red Air mission training embedded with Eurofighters from the Luftwaffe’s Tactical Air Force Wing 73 « Steinhoff. » The training exercise in Decimomannu is scheduled for completion in late June.

« This first deployment to Italy demonstrates the confidence and trust by the Luftwaffe for DA Defence to deliver air combat training of the highest order, » said Daniel Gibeau, Chief Operating Officer of DA Defence. « Our modernized McDonnell Douglas A-4 Skyhawks are flying dissimilar air combat training missions against the best of the Luftwaffe. Our capabilities, people and experience continue to contribute to the finest combat pilots for Germany and directly to readiness for NATO missions. »

To discover how DA Defence is changing the face of air combat training in Europe, visit us at discoveryair-ds.com

About Discovery Air and Its Subsidiaries

Discovery Air provides safe and reliable aviation and logistics services in challenging environments. We operate approximately 150 aircraft with our over 900 team members, delivering airborne training to international militaries; medevac equipped aircraft services; airborne fire services; helicopter operations; fixed-wing air charter services; expediting and logistics support; and a range of maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification, engineering and certification services.

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).

For further information: 
Sheila Venman 
Discovery Air Inc.
VP, Human Resources & Communications 
Sheila.Venman@discoveryair.com 
866-903-3247

Discovery Air Defence Achieves 50,000 Hours of Air Combat Training Excellence

Ottawa, 27 May 2015 – Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. (“DA Defence”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc., has recently achieved 50,000 hours of air combat training for the Canadian Armed Forces and other international air forces. This new milestone marks DA Defence’s commitment to achieving a reliable and cost effective training solution and increased operational readiness for our customers – no matter when and where they operate.

“I’m very proud of this new achievement. It is a testament to the critical capabilities, dedication and professionalism we have as a leader in the Canadian defence industry and globally,” said Paul Bouchard, President of DA Defence. “Our 100 per cent accident-free record, near flawless serviceability rate, and advanced air combat training capabilities are game changers in a fast-moving, fast-growing market worldwide. DA Defence’s excellence in Canada, the United States and Germany is being noticed by our international allies.”

Garry Venman, VP of Business Development and Government Relations at DA Defence adds, “Canadian and international air forces recognize our value proposition as they move towards 5th generation fighter aircraft. They need a proven adversary service to train for tomorrow’s threats, preserve valuable fleet life and save defence budget dollars.”

To discover more on how DA Defence is changing the face of air combat training in Canada and abroad, visit us at CANSEC 2015, Booth 408.

ABOUT DISCOVERY AIR AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES

Discovery Air is a Canadian specialty aviation company operating over 160 aircraft with approximately 850 team members. Its subsidiaries provide airborne training to the Canadian and German military, air ambulance services, airborne fire services, helicopter operations, fixed-wing air charter services, expediting and logistics support, and a range of maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification, engineering and certification services.

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).

For further information:

Sheila Venman
VP, HR and Communications
sheila.venman@discoveryair.com
Toll-free 866-903-3247

Discovery Air Defence Celebrates 50,000 Hours Flying Contracted Air Combat Training Worldwide

Media Advisory

Montreal, 22 May 2015 – Discovery Air Defence, a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc, is celebrating 50,000 hours of contracted air combat training worldwide at CANSEC 2015 in Ottawa on May 27, 2015.

This milestone marks another important achievement in DA Defence’s continued success in the international air combat training market. Foreign militaries are recognizing the significant cost savings, positive training value and increased operational readiness offered by DA Defence. With a stellar, 10-year accident-free record and 98 per cent serviceability rate, DA Defence is a true Canadian defence success story, a key industrial capability, and a fine example of Canada’s defence value proposition in action.

The celebration will take place at 2:45 PM on Wednesday, May 27 at CANSEC 2015, Booth 408, EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Drive, Ottawa.

Senior company executives are available for one-on-one media opportunities on May 27 and 28. Please register by email to garrick.ngai@discoveryair.com with your name, title, business email and mobile number. Check-in at reception upon arrival at the DA Defence booth.

For more information:

Garrick Ngai, MBA
Director of Marketing
Discovery Air Defence
Mob: (514) 348-0337

Discovery Air Defence Services signs Agreement with APS for Jet Upset Training

Toronto, ON – May 13, 2015 – Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. (DA Defence), a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc., and Aviation Performance Solutions LLC (APS), an Arizona-based flight training organization, announced today at the Flight Safety Foundation’s 60th Annual Business Aviation Safety Summit (BASS) 2015, an agreement for high-performance Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT). DA Defence is integrating its A-4 Skyhawks with APS’ cutting edge UPRT solutions. The arrangement reaffirms APS as the leading UPRT provider of comprehensive loss of control in flight (LOC-I) training solutions for high-performance civilian jet pilots worldwide.

According to the August 2014 report published by the Commercial Aviation Safety Team, LOC-I is the leading cause of fatalities in business and commercial aviation. APS’s Advanced Jet Pilot Integrated Upset Training program comprehensively prepares pilots operating high-performance aircraft with the critical skills to prevent, and recover from, LOC-I conditions. The 4-day training consists of app-based preparatory academics, instructor-led classroom instruction, four UPRT sessions in an aerobatic-certified Extra 300L aircraft, a two-hour session in an advanced multiengine glass cockpit simulator, and a final flight on a DA Defence A-4 Skyhawk. The A-4 flight focuses on high-Mach, high-altitude UPRT to include high-altitude stalls. This advanced course is part of the Leading Edge program, an initiative of Bombardier Business Aircraft’s renowned Safety Standdown program. 

“DA Defence is the world’s leading commercial provider of military jet training services, and is well suited to support APS’s leadership in jet upset training with our unique assets,” said Paul Bouchard, President of DA Defence. “The use of high-performance all-attitude jet aircraft is unprecedented in upset prevention and recovery training for business and commercial aircraft today. Our A-4 Skyhawks allow pilots to train and safely investigate with confidence a wide variety of stall and upset recovery scenarios to prevent loss of control in-flight.”

“DA Defence is a global team of aviation experts focused on the leading advancements in aviation training and solutions,” said Paul Ransbury, President of APS. “It is an honor for APS to continue its high-altitude, high-Mach jet UPRT services with A-4 Skyhawks backed by DA Defence’s highest technical and airworthiness standards.”

ABOUT DISCOVERY AIR AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES

Discovery Air provides safe and reliable aviation and logistics services in challenging environments. We operate over 160 aircraft with our 850 team members, delivering airborne training to international militaries; medevac equipped aircraft services; airborne fire services; helicopter operations; fixed-wing air charter services; expediting and logistics support; and a range of maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification, engineering and certification services.

 ABOUT AVIATION PERFORMANCE SOLUTIONS

Aviation Performance Solutions LLC (APS), headquartered at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa, Arizona, trains thousands of professional pilots and instructors in comprehensive upset prevention and recovery training skill development. APS provides integrated LOC-I solutions via industry-leading computer-based, on-aircraft (jet and piston), and full-flight simulator upset prevention & recovery training (UPRT). All training is in full compliance with the Airplane Upset Recovery Training Aid – Revision 2, FAA Advisory Circular 120-109 on Stall and Stick Pusher Training, ICAO Manual on Aeroplane Upset Prevention and Recovery Training and the FAA Advisory Circular 120-111 on Upset Prevention and Recovery Training. APS is the only Part 141 Flight School certified in the delivery of complete upset prevention & recovery, stall/spin and instrument upset recovery training courses worldwide. With additional training locations in Dallas (Texas, USA), The Netherlands (Europe) and the Middle East (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), APS provides global access to the highest quality upset prevention and recovery training available. www.apstraining.com.

For More Information:

Aviation Performance Solutions
Faye Hamilton
APS Marketing & Public Relations Manager
480-279-1881
faye.hamilton@apstraining.com

Discovery Air Defence Services Inc.
Sheila Venman
Vice President, Human Resources and Communications
613-240-7606
sheila.venman@discoveryair.com

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Discovery Air Defence Services completes first mission for the German Armed Forces

Wittmund, Germany January 13, 2015 – Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. (DADS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc., today completed its inaugural flight in Wittmund, Germany providing fast jet airborne training services to the German Armed Forces.

The successful mission was flown in support of German Ground Controller Intercept training and numerous intercepts were conducted.  The Lead Pilot of the DADS German team, with over 2,000 hours experience on the A-4, led the mission and continues to prove that experience matters!  

Daniel Gibeau, the Chief Operating Officer of DADS commented “This first flight for the German Armed Forces represents a new chapter in contracted air training services. We have been offering the highest standards of air training in the world to our clients for almost 10 years, and are now proud to be exporting Canadian defence capabilities to Europe. »

Discovery Air Defence Services is “Changing the Face” of Contracted Air Services. With the most advanced A-4N fleet in the world, we operate with precision and pride delivering live Combat Airborne training in challenging environments worldwide. Our military allies deserve the best tactical Airborne Training Services available to maintain and assure troop readiness; Experience Matters!

ABOUT DISCOVERY AIR AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES 
Discovery Air provides safe and reliable aviation and logistics services in challenging environments. We operate over 160 aircraft with our 850 team members, delivering airborne training to international militaries; medevac equipped aircraft services; airborne fire services; helicopter operations; fixed-wing air charter services; expediting and logistics support; and a range of maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification, engineering and certification services.

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).

For further information, please contact:

Sheila Venman
Discovery Air Inc.
sheila.venman@discoveryair.com
(866) 903-3247

Garry Venman
Vice President Business Development and Government Relations
Garry.Venman@discoveryair.com
(514) 694-5565 ext 2309

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Discovery Air Defence Services Deploys A-4 Aircraft to Germany

Ottawa, ON October 29, 2014 – Discovery Air Inc. (“Discovery Air”) announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. (“DA Defence Services”), has begun the deployment of its significantly upgraded, glass cockpit, advanced A-4N fleet to Wittmund, Germany to begin its contract with the German Armed Forces.   Under its contract, DA Defence Services will provide fast jet airborne training services to the German Armed Forces for a term of five years, commencing January 2015. This announcement was made at the Ottawa International Airport by senior Discovery Air executives alongside, Member of Parliament for Bruce – Grey – Owen Sound, Larry Miller, Chair of the Government of Canada Transport Committee.

Jacob (Koby) Shavit, CEO of Discovery Air, extended his gratitude to the Government of Canada for its support, saying “Exporting Discovery Air Defence Services’ world-class training services to Germany is an excellent example of the Global Markets Action Plan (GMAP) at work. We are a Canadian company that is focused on taking our first-rate air training services and growing it internationally.  With Aerospace and Defence & Security both being priority sectors under the GMAP, we offer tremendous value to governments faced with the reality of fiscal constraints and the need for high levels of defense readiness.”

“Canada is well known internationally for its strict airworthiness and safety standards applied by both Transport Canada and the Canadian Forces,” continued Mr. Shavit. “We have operated under these rigorous standards for 9 years, providing over 47,000 accident free hours in support of Canadian and NATO allies.”

“As the world’s leading provider of contracted air training services, DA Defence Services is well recognized for its operational excellence. Discovery Air Defence Services is exporting this service with the support of the Canadian government. This is an evolutionary opportunity to further increase our participation in the newly developing contracted air training services industry internationally.”

“With its world-leading air worthiness, safety record and 21st century expertise, our government is proud of Discovery Air’s success in global markets,” said the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Canada’s Minister of Transport. “Winning a contract to provide airborne training to Germany’s Armed Forces shows that Canadian companies can compete and win against the best in the world. This is further proof that when Canadian businesses succeed abroad, jobs and prosperity are created right here at home.”

About Discovery Air Inc. and its subsidiaries

Discovery Air is a Canadian specialty aviation company operating over 160 aircraft and employing 850 team members in every region of Canada. Its subsidiaries provide contracted air training services, helicopter operations, medevac equipped aircraft services, airborne fire services, fixed-wing air charter services, expediting and logistics support, and a range of maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification, engineering and certification services. Discovery Air Defence Services Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Discovery Air, operates with precision and pride in challenging environments worldwide to deliver live training with the largest operational fleet of privately owned, advanced, modernized fighter aircraft and veteran pilots.

For further information, please contact:

Sheila Venman
VP HR and Communications
Sheila.Venman@discoveryair.com
(866) 903-3247

Top Aces to Exhibit at Air Force Association Air and Space Conference 2014

Washington, DC September 15, 2014 – Top Aces, the leading combat support provider in the world, is exhibiting at the Air Force Association (AFA) Air and Space Conference from September 15-17, 2014. This is a one-of-a-kind event where the AFA brings together Air Force leadership, industry experts, academia, and current aerospace specialists from around the world to discuss the issues and challenges facing America and the aerospace community today.

Top Aces is the only Contracted Air Services provider in the world with access to a large, operational fleet of supersonic 4th generation aircraft – the F-16 Fighting Falcon, as well as the most advanced A-4N fleet in the world. With over 45,000 accident free hours flown in support of U.S., NATO and Allied Forces worldwide, we have a record of training excellence that is unsurpassed. Visit us at Booth 1107 to learn more about our exciting and innovative Contracted Air Services.

Top Aces USA is Changing the Face of Contracted Air Services. We operate with precision and pride in challenging environments worldwide to deliver live Combat Airborne training with the largest operational fleet of privately owned, advanced, modernized fighter aircraft and veteran pilots. The US military deserves the best tactical Airborne Training Services available to maintain and assure troop readiness; Experience Matters!

For further information, please contact:

Jason Regenwetter 
Vice President, International Operations 
Jason.Regenwetter@topaces-usa.com 
(800) 353-8068

Top Aces to Exhibit at 2014 Tailhook Reunion

Reno, NV, September 2, 2014 – Top Aces, the leading combat support provider in the world, is exhibiting at the 2014 Tailhook Reunion in Reno, Nevada, from September 4-7, 2014.  We are a proud sponsor of this weekend’s event and the Tailhook Association – the premier organization for support of carrier and other sea-based aviation and the current and retired members of the US Navy and Marine Corps.

Top Aces looks forward to meeting former colleagues and today’s naval aviation leadership throughout the Reunion, and discussing our advanced aggressor training solutions for the Navy warfighter. Top Aces is the only Contracted Air Services provider in the world with access to a large, operational fleet of 4th generation aircraft, as well as the most advanced A-4N fleet in the world. With over 45,000 accident free hours flown in support of U.S. and Allied Forces worldwide, we have a record of training excellence that is unsurpassed. Our aggressor training solution is designed around relevant, representative adversary aircraft, which are capable of meeting the Navy’s training requirements well into the 21st century. Visit us at Tailhook Booth 735 to learn more about our exciting and innovative Contracted Air Services.

Top Aces USA is Changing the Face of Contracted Air Services. We operate with precision and pride in challenging environments worldwide to deliver live Combat Airborne training with the largest operational fleet of privately owned, advanced, modernized fighter aircraft and veteran pilots. The US military deserves the best tactical Airborne Training Services available to maintain and assure troop readiness; Experience Matters!

For further information, please contact:

Jason Regenwetter 
Vice President, International Operations 
Jason.Regenwetter@topaces-usa.com 
(800) 353-8068 
www.topaces-usa.com

Discovery Air announces new airborne training services contract with the German Armed Forces

Toronto, ON, January 30, 2014 – Discovery Air Inc. (“Discovery Air”) announced today that Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. (“Defence Services”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Discovery Air, has entered into a contract to provide airborne training services to the German Armed Forces (the “Contract”).     

Under the Contract, Defence Services will provide fast jet airborne training services to the German Armed Forces for a term of five years utilizing a fleet of seven Douglas A-4 aircraft. The services will be provided from various locations in Europe, including Germany, France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy. Defence Services anticipates performing approximately 1,200 flight hours per year under this Contract commencing in January 2015.   

Discovery Air attributes strategic importance to this contract. It establishes Defence Services in Europe, and provides a solid foundation for future expansion in that market. 

Paul Bouchard, President of Defence Services, stated “We are very proud of this significant achievement, and are looking forward to providing high quality airborne training services to Germany’s military. Over the last eight years, we have provided over 41,000 hours of high quality airborne training services to the Canadian Armed Forces and earned a reputation as a premier provider of combat support solutions. The opportunity to provide our services to the German Armed Forces is a testament to the experience and professionalism of the Discovery Air Defence Services Team. This, coupled with the recent acquisition of Advanced Training Systems International, is further evidence of our commitment to expanding our international footprint in the military airborne training space.” 

CAUTION REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS 

This news release includes forward-looking statements (as defined in applicable securities laws).  Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as “may”, “anticipate”, “expect”, “should” and variations thereof. Forward-looking statements are based on assumptions and, as a result, are subject to risks and uncertainties, including those identified in Management’s Discussion and Analysis relating to Discovery Air’s financial statements, which are available at www.sedar.com.  As a result of those risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those discussed in forward-looking statements, and readers should not place undue reliance on such statements.

With respect to the Contract, specific risks include, among others, lower than anticipated use of the services by the German Armed Forces, changes in foreign exchange rates and the inability to secure all regulatory authorizations required to employ the aircraft in the performance of the Contract. The preceding do not constitute an exhaustive list of all risk factors; other factors could also adversely affect Discovery Air’s results. 

Forward-looking statements represent expectations as of the date they are made, and Discovery Air disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements it may make, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable securities laws.  

ABOUT DISCOVERY AIR AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES

Discovery Air is a Canadian specialty aviation company operating over 160 aircraft with approximately 850 team members. Its subsidiaries provide airborne training to the Canadian military, helicopter operations, air ambulance services, airborne fire services, fixed-wing air charter services, expediting and logistics support, and a range of maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification, engineering and certification services.

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).

For further information, please contact:

Sheila Venman
Investor Relations
sheila.venman@discoveryair.com
(866) 903-3247

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Discovery Air completes the acquisition of Advanced Training Systems International

Toronto, ON, December 17, 2013 – Discovery Air Inc. (“Discovery Air”) announced today that Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Discovery Air) has completed the acquisition of Advanced Training Systems International, Inc. (“ATSI”), which was previously announced on December 5, 2013.  

Jacob Shavit, Discovery Air’s President and Chief Executive Officer, stated: “We welcome ATSI to the Discovery Air Group of Companies and look forward to leveraging our U.S. team to accelerate the growth of our international defence services business.”

CAUTION REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS 

This news release contains forward-looking statements (as defined in applicable securities laws). Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as “believe”, “expect”, “should” and variations thereof.  Forward-looking statements are based on assumptions and, as a result, are subject to risks and uncertainties, including those identified in Management’s Discussion and Analysis relating to Discovery Air’s financial statements, which are available at www.sedar.com.  

In the case of Discovery Air’s future potential in the market, such expectations could be materially affected by, among other things, decisions by governments with respect to the outsourcing of airborne training requirements, actions taken by Discovery Air’s competitors, and changes in laws or procurement policies.  As a result of such risks and uncertainties, it is possible that Discovery Air’s expectations may not be realized, and readers should not place undue reliance on such statements. 

Forward-looking statements represent expectations as of the date they are made, and Discovery Air disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements it may make, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable securities laws. 

ABOUT DISCOVERY AIR AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES

Discovery Air is a specialty aviation company operating over 160 aircraft with approximately 850 team members. Its subsidiaries provide airborne training to the Canadian military; helicopter operations; air ambulance services; airborne fire services; fixed-wing air charter services; expediting and logistics support; and a range of maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification, engineering and certification services.

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).

For further information, please contact:
Sheila Venman
Investor Relations
sheila.venman@discoveryair.com
(866) 903-3247
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Discovery Air announces pending acquisition of Advanced Training Systems International

Toronto, ON, December 5, 2013 – Discovery Air Inc. (“Discovery Air”) announced today the pending acquisition of Advanced Training Systems International, Inc. (“ATSI”) by Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Discovery Air).  

ATSI is a U.S. airborne training services company based in Mesa, Arizona.  It currently owns a fleet of ten (10) Douglas A-4 Skyhawk aircraft and offers airborne training services, including, among other services, tactical “Red Air” services, fighter lead-in training, electronic warfare, radar theory and other combat tactics.  Although ATSI currently has minimal operations and revenues, it previously provided airborne training services to the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and the Canadian Forces, and has also provided advanced operational test and evaluation services such as air-to-air refueling trials.

Jacob Shavit, Discovery Air’s President and Chief Executive Officer, stated: “We are delighted to add ATSI to the Discovery Air Group of Companies.  We believe there is significant growth potential in the airborne training services market and are excited about becoming an industry leader.”

Completion of the transaction remains subject to the approval of ATSI’s shareholders and other customary closing conditions.  ATSI’s largest shareholder, which owns approximately 85% of ATSI’s issued and outstanding capital stock, has agreed to vote its shares in favor of the transaction in accordance with the terms of the agreement. Completion of the transaction was also subject to the receipt of approvals from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and the U.S. Department of State, both of which have been received.  Discovery Air expects the transaction to close within the next 30 days.

CAUTION REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS 

This news release contains forward-looking statements (as defined in applicable securities laws). Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as “believe”, “expect”, “should” and variations thereof.  Forward-looking statements are based on assumptions and, as a result, are subject to risks and uncertainties, including those identified in Management’s Discussion and Analysis relating to Discovery Air’s financial statements, which are available at www.sedar.com.  

In the case of Discovery Air’s future potential in the market, such expectations could be materially affected by, among other things, decisions by governments with respect to the outsourcing of airborne training requirements, actions taken by Discovery Air’s competitors, and changes in laws or procurement policies.  As a result of such risks and uncertainties, it is possible that Discovery Air’s expectations may not be realized, and readers should not place undue reliance on such statements. 

Forward-looking statements represent expectations as of the date they are made, and Discovery Air disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements it may make, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable securities laws. 

ABOUT DISCOVERY AIR AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES

Discovery Air is a specialty aviation company operating over 160 aircraft with approximately 850 team members. Its subsidiaries provide airborne training to the Canadian military; helicopter operations; air ambulance services; airborne fire services; fixed-wing air charter services; expediting and logistics support; and a range of maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification, engineering and certification services.

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).

For further information, please contact:

Sheila Venman

Investor Relations

sheila.venman@discoveryair.com

(866) 903-3247
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Discovery Air Defence Services surpasses 40,000 Combat Support Hours

Montreal, QC, September 5, 2013 – Discovery Air Defence Services (DADS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc., has surpassed 40,000 flying hours in support of the Canadian Forces. This marks a tremendous milestone, and is particularly impressive given the company’s 100% accident-free record and ongoing serviceability rates in excess of 98%.

Paul Bouchard, President of DADS, said “We are very proud of the excellent, safe and robust work we do supporting Canada’s frontline military units. Since 2005, we have delivered over 40,000 hours of training to the Air Force, Navy and Army in locations across North America. The Canadian military is able to save money by contracting their need for combat support services, while still maintaining the highest possible operational readiness posture. As military forces around the world look for cost effective ways to reduce their training expenses, we believe that our highly qualified team is well positioned to expand our services internationally.” 

Former Squadron Commander, Christopher “Hammy” Hamilton, flew the 40,000 hour while on a mission in Cold Lake, AB conducting Air Combat Manoeuvers (ACM) with 409 Squadron. The Fighter Weapons Instructor and CF-18 reserve pilot stated “This milestone is a direct result of the culture within our company – highly qualified pilots, technicians and support staff working together to provide real world training for the Forces. It is something we are all very committed to and take tremendous pride in.”

ABOUT DISCOVERY AIR AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES

Discovery Air is a Canadian specialty aviation company operating over 160 aircraft with approximately 850 team members. Its subsidiaries provide airborne training to the Canadian military, air ambulance services, airborne fire services, helicopter operations, fixed-wing air charter services, expediting and logistics support, and a range of maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification, engineering and certification services.

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).

For further information: 
Sheila Venman
sheila.venman@discoveryair.com
Toll Free (866) 903 3247


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Top Aces’ Standing Offers Extended to 2013

Pointe Claire, QC November 21, 2011 – Top Aces, a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air, announced today that its Interim Contracted Airborne Training Services (ICATS) Standing Offer arrangements have been extended by the Government of Canada for a 12 month period, taking the service delivery to June 2013. 

Top Aces is the exclusive supplier of combat support airborne training services to the Canadian Forces. The ICATS program supports Army Forward Air Controller (FAC) training in close air support operations, and supports the Air Force and Navy in adversary support and live fire target practice. The program also includes an electronic warfare simulation capability supported by Department of National Defence (DND) Electronic Warfare Officers (EWOs). 

CEO of Discovery Air, Dave Jennings, commented “Our client, the Canadian Forces, values the service they are getting from Top Aces and have demonstrated this by exercising this option. Top Aces has built an experienced team and provides a safe and excellent service every day to the military since 2005.”


ABOUT DISCOVERY AIR AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES
Discovery Air Inc. is a Canadian specialty aviation company, operating over 140 aircraft with our 850 team members. We deliver airborne training to the Canadian military; airborne fire services; VFR helicopter operations; fixed-wing air charter services; expediting and logistics support; and a range of maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification, engineering and certification services.

Discovery Air’s shares and debentures are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (Symbols DA.A and DA.DB respectively).

CAUTION REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
Discovery Air’s public communications may include written or oral forward-looking statements (as defined in applicable securities laws) regarding the future performance of the company and/or its subsidiaries. Forward-looking statements by definition are based on assumptions and are as a result subject to risks and uncertainties, including those identified in the Management’s Discussion and Analysis section of Discovery Air’s financial statements for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2011, available at www.sedar.com. As a result of such risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those discussed in forward-looking statements, and readers should not place undue reliance on such statements. Forward-looking statements represent expectations as of the date they are made, and Discovery Air disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements it may make, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable securities laws.

For further information, please contact us at InvestorRelations@discoveryair.com or:

Sheila Venman 
Investor Relations 
sheila.venman@discoveryair.com  
1-866-903-3247 
 

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Discovery Air Defence Services Opens Engine Test Cell Facility in Bagotville, QC

Bagotville, QC, June 21, 2013 – Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. (“DADS”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc., is pleased to announce the opening of an Engine Test Cell Facility in Bagotville, Quebec. Using a LARZAC C6/C20 Engine Test Cell, this Transport Canada Approved facility allows DADS technicians to maintain, repair and overhaul our Alpha Jet engines, ensuring the highest level of safety and serviceability.

Didier Toussaint, Group President, Government Services, stated at the ribbon cutting ceremony, “In December 2005, our first Alpha Jet landed in Canada at the Montreal airport. At that time, we had to outsource our maintenance, and send any engine work overseas.  We shortly began hiring, and now have over 29 skilled pilots and technicians in the Saguenay region, as well as 124 others across Canada. We no longer send our work overseas – we complete it in Canada, and we now have military forces from around the world looking to have their engines and other parts serviced at our Canadian facilities. We are extremely proud that this investment will help to generate and maintain technologically advanced jobs in the Saguenay region, while significantly increasing the availability of spare engines for our Alpha Jet fleet.”

DADS is the exclusive supplier of combat airborne training services to the Canadian Forces. It provides joint terminal attack controller training to Canadian special operations and ground forces, Red Air and electronic attack training to CF-18 aircrew and navy, as well as live-fire target practice to the Canadian military. Its integrated logistics, maintenance and engineering solutions ensure that the Canadian Forces receive the level of support they require to achieve their objectives.

ABOUT DISCOVERY AIR AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES

Discovery Air Inc. provides safe and reliable aviation and logistics services in challenging environments. We operate over 160 aircraft with over 850 team members, delivering airborne training to the Canadian military, helicopter operations, air ambulance services, airborne fire services, fixed-wing air charter services, expediting and logistics support, and a range of maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification, engineering and certification services.

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

For further information, please contact:
Dania Mandzy
BD Marketing Coordinator
Dania.Mandzy@discoveryair.com
(514) 694-5565 x 2300

Top Aces Inc. announces name change to Discovery Air Defence Services Inc.

Yellowknife, Jan. 31, 2013 – Top Aces Inc. (« Top Aces ») announced that, effective February 1, 2013, it will be changing its name to Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. (« Defence Services »).  The change is being made to better reflect Top Aces’ relationship to its parent company, Discovery Air Inc. (« Discovery Air »), and to better convey the full range of capabilities offered by Defence Services. The ‘Top Aces’ brand will be retained and remain visible in select markets.

Concurrent with the name change, all business development activities previously carried on by Discovery Air Innovations Inc. will be transferred to Defence Services.  Didier Toussaint, Group President, Government Services of Discovery Air stated, « Discovery Air Defence Services will be providing the same safe, reliable and highly-skilled services for which Top Aces is known. The new name reflects how we have grown over the past six years as a member of the Discovery Air group of companies. »

The Top Aces website will be replaced by a new Defence Services website at www.discoveryair-ds.com, and all e-mail addresses will be changed to the Discovery Air format for consistency with the Discovery Air brand (firstname.lastname@discoveryair.com).

ABOUT DISCOVERY AIR AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES 
Discovery Air is a Canadian specialty aviation company operating over 160 aircraft with approximately 850 team members. Its subsidiaries provide airborne training to the Canadian military, air ambulance services, airborne fire services, helicopter operations, fixed-wing air charter services, expediting and logistics support, and a range of maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification, engineering and certification services.

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).

For further information: 
Sheila Venman
VP Human Resources & Communications
sheila.venman@discoveryair.com
Toll Free (866) 903 3247


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Discovery Air announces three year extension of Top Aces’ Standing Offers for interim contracted airborne training services

Yellowknife, NT, September 28, 2012 – Discovery Air Inc. (“Discovery Air”) announced today that the Government of Canada has extended Top Aces’ interim contracted airborne training services (“ICATS”) Standing Offers for a further three year term commencing in June 2013 and ending in June 2016. 

Top Aces Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Discovery Air, has been the exclusive supplier of “fast jet” (Type 1) and “business jet” (Type 2) airborne training services to the Canadian Forces through standing offers since 2005. The ICATS program supports Army Forward Air Controller training in close air support operations, and supports the Air Force and Navy in adversary support and live fire target practice. The program also includes an electronic warfare simulation capability supported by Department of National Defence Electronic Warfare Officers. 

Didier Toussaint, President of Top Aces, stated “We are very pleased that Top Aces will continue to deliver its “Canadian solution” to the Canadian Forces. We have provided over 34,000 hours of combat support to the Canadian Forces over the past seven years while maintaining an exemplary flight safety record and a serviceability rate of over 98%.  We have permanent bases of operations in six provinces, and have operated in every province and territory across Canada, as well as several locations in the U.S.  Our high performance team consists of retired CF-18 pilots, who understand the training needs of the men and women of the Canadian Forces. We really believe that ‘Experience Matters,’ and this extension demonstrates that.”

Earlier this year, Public Works and Government Services Canada (“PWGSC”) commenced an industry consultation process in anticipation of the issuance of a solicitation for a long-term airborne training services contract.  Top Aces intends to submit a proposal in response to any future solicitation issued by PWGSC for contracted airborne training services.

CAUTION REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS 
Public communications of Discovery Air and/or its subsidiaries may include written or oral forward-looking statements (as defined in applicable securities laws) regarding the future performance of Discovery Air and/ or its subsidiaries. Forward-looking statements by definition are based on assumptions and, as a result, are subject to risks and uncertainties, including those identified in the Management’s Discussion and Analysis section of Discovery Air’s financial statements, which are available at www.sedar.com. As a result of such risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those discussed in forward-looking statements, and readers should not place undue reliance on such statements. Forward-looking statements represent expectations as of the date they are made, and Discovery Air disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements it may make, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable securities laws.

ABOUT DISCOVERY AIR AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES
Discovery Air is a Canadian specialty aviation company operating over 160 aircraft with approximately 850 team members. Its subsidiaries provide airborne training to the Canadian military; air ambulance services; airborne fire services; helicopter operations; fixed-wing air charter services; expediting and logistics support; and a range of maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification, engineering and certification services.

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).

For further information, please contact:
Sheila Venman
Investor Relations
sheila.venman@discoveryair.com
(866) 903-3247


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Delay of Contracted Airborne Training Services Contract (CATS) Solicitation

Pointe Claire, QC, November 17, 2011 – Top Aces Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air, announced today that it has been notified by Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) that the existing CATS solicitation has been cancelled.  The Government has stated their intention to re-issue a solicitation for the CATS requirement at a later date. 

Top Aces will continue to deliver services to the Crown under the current Interim Contracted Airborne Training Services (ICATS) framework through to June 2012, with a government option to extend the ICATS contract an additional 12 months to June 2013.

President of Top Aces, Didier Toussaint, stated “Top Aces stands ready to respond to the CATS long term requirement with an excellent, cost effective solution for Canada. We will continue to deliver combat support services to train the men and women of the Canadian Forces and to assist in ensuring they are ready for their worldwide commitments.”

ABOUT DISCOVERY AIR AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES
Discovery Air Inc. is a Canadian specialty aviation company, operating over 140 aircraft with our 850 team members. We deliver airborne training to the Canadian military; airborne fire services; VFR helicopter operations; fixed-wing air charter services; expediting and logistics support; and a range of maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification, engineering and certification services.

Discovery Air’s shares and debentures are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (Symbols DA.A and DA.DB respectively).

CAUTION REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
Discovery Air’s public communications may include written or oral forward-looking statements (as defined in applicable securities laws) regarding the future performance of the company and/or its subsidiaries. Forward-looking statements by definition are based on assumptions and are as a result subject to risks and uncertainties, including those identified in the Management’s Discussion and Analysis section of Discovery Air’s financial statements for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2011, available at www.sedar.com. As a result of such risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those discussed in forward-looking statements, and readers should not place undue reliance on such statements. Forward-looking statements represent expectations as of the date they are made, and Discovery Air disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements it may make, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable securities laws.

For further information, please contact us at InvestorRelations@discoveryair.com or:

Sheila Venman 
Investor Relations 
sheila.venman@discoveryair.com  
1-866-903-3247 

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Discovery Air’s Top Aces’ Standing Offers Extended

Yellowknife, NT, January 27, 2011 – Discovery Air Inc. announced today that Top Aces’ Interim Contracted Airborne Training Services (ICATS) Standing Offer arrangements have been extended by the Government of Canada for a 16 month period, taking the service delivery to June 2012 with an option to extend for an additional 12 months to June 2013. Top Aces has also submitted a bid on the Government of Canada’s Contracted Airborne Training Services (CATS) procurement program, a replacement long-term airborne training services contract which covers a 20 year period, including a 10 year primary term with two 5 year extensions at the government’s option.

Top Aces, a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air, has been the exclusive supplier of “fast jet” (Type 1) and “business jet” (Type 2) airborne training services to the Canadian Forces through Standing Offer arrangements during the past six years. The ICATS program supports Army Forward Air Controller (FAC) training in close air support operations, and supports the Air Force and Navy in adversary support and live fire target practice. The program also includes an electronic warfare simulation capability supported by Department of National Defence (DND) Electronic Warfare Officers (EWOs).


The President of Top Aces, Didier Toussaint, commented, “As a fighter pilot with over 20 years of flying experience, I am very proud of the services our team delivers to the Canadian Forces. Top Aces is highly focussed on providing strong support to the military, and we have an outstanding team of pilots, engineers, maintenance, and support personnel in place to do so.  This extension is a testament to the high quality of the services we have delivered over the past 6 years, our strong flight safety record, and our continuous improvement programs.  We are pleased that we have been asked to continue working with the men and women of the Canadian Forces.”


ABOUT DISCOVERY AIR
Founded in 2004, Discovery Air Inc. is a specialty aviation services company operating across Canada and in select locations internationally. With over 140 aircraft, it is one of the largest air operators in Canada, employing 450 flight crew, maintainers and support staff to deliver a variety of air transport, maintenance and logistics solutions to a wide range of government, airline and business customers. The Company’s Government Services segment includes three subsidiaries: Top Aces, which delivers airborne training and special mission services to the Canadian military; Hicks & Lawrence, a supplier of airborne fire management services to the Ontario government and charter services to government agencies and corporate customers; and Discovery Air Technical Services, which provides a range of maintenance, repair and overhaul solutions to customers from its Quebec City location. The Company’s Northern Services segment also includes three subsidiaries: Great Slave Helicopters, the second-largest VFR helicopter operator in the country; Air Tindi, a fixed-wing aircraft charter provider operating throughout Northern Canada; and Discovery Mining Services, which constructs and rents all-weather exploration camps and provides expediting and logistics support services.


CAUTION REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
Discovery Air’s public communications may include written or oral forward-looking statements (as defined in applicable securities laws) regarding the future performance of the company and/or its subsidiaries. Forward-looking statements by definition are based on assumptions and are as a result subject to risks and uncertainties, including those identified in the Management’s Discussion and Analysis section of Discovery Air’s financial statements for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2010, available at www.sedar.com. As a result of such risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those discussed in forward-looking statements, and readers should not place undue reliance on such statements. Forward-looking statements represent expectations as of the date they are made, and Discovery Air disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements it may make, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable securities laws.

Discovery Air’s shares and debentures trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (Symbols DA.A and DA.DB respectively).

For further information, please contact:

Investor Relations
Sheila Venman
Investor Relations
sheilavenman@discoveryair.com
Toll Free (866) 903 3247

Rolf S. Dawson
Vice President, Corporate Finance & Administration
rolf.dawson@discoveryair.com
(867) 873 5350, Extension 304

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Discovery Air’s Top Aces Inc. Achieves ISO 9001:2008 Certification

September 2, 2010


Yellowknife, NWT – Discovery Air Inc. (TSX:DA) is pleased to announce that the Quality Management System (QMS) of Top Aces Inc. has been assessed and registered by Intertek Testing Services NA Ltd. as conforming to all of the requirements of ISO 9001:2008. Top Aces, a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air, is the prime supplier of airborne training services to the Canadian Army, Navy and Air Force.

ISO 9001 is Quality Management System Standard that is recognized globally. Top Aces’ Vice President of Engineering and Maintenance, Daniel Gibeau, noted “This confirms by an outside independent auditor that our Quality Management System is based on a culture of continuous improvement, and that our operation is run to a consistently excellent standard. Our customers can be assured that the consistently high quality of service we have been providing over the past 6 years under the Interim Contracted Airborne Training Services Contract will be maintained throughout our organization. »

ABOUT DISCOVERY AIR AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES
Discovery Air Inc., founded in 2004, is a specialty aviation services company operating across Canada and in select locations internationally. With more than 130 aircraft, it is one of the largest air operators in Canada, employing 450 flight crew, maintainers and support staff to deliver a variety of air transport, maintenance and logistical solutions to a wide range of government, airline and business customers. The Company’s Government Services segment includes two subsidiaries: Top Aces, which provides contracted airborne training services primarily to the Canadian military, and Hicks & Lawrence, which delivers airborne fire
management and transport services in Ontario. The Company’s Northern Services segment includes three companies: Great Slave Helicopters, the second-largest VFR helicopter operator in the country; Air Tindi, a fixed-wing aircraft charter provider operating primarily in Northern Canada; and Discovery Mining Services, which constructs and rents all-weather exploration camps and provides expediting and logistical support services.

CAUTION REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
Discovery Air’s public communications may include written or oral forward-looking statements (as defined in applicable securities laws) regarding the future performance of the Company and/or its subsidiaries. Forward-looking statements by definition are based on assumptions and are as a result subject to risks and uncertainties, including those identified in the Management’s Discussion and Analysis section of Discovery Air’s financial statements for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2010, available at www.sedar.com. As a
result of such risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those discussed in forward-looking statements, and readers should not place undue reliance on such statements. Forward-looking statements represent expectations as of the date they are made, and Discovery Air disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements it may make, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable securities laws.


Discovery Air’s shares and debentures trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (Symbols DA.A and DA.DB respectively).


For further information, please contact:
Sheila Venman
Discovery Air Inc.
sheilavenman@discoveryair.com
1-866-903-3247

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:

Investorrelations@DiscoveryAir.com

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

Sheila Venman
Vice President, Administration, Top Aces Inc.
sheilavenman@topaces.ca (613) 227 5710

Discovery Air’s Top Aces Type 2 Combat Support Standing Offers Option Year Exercised to February 2011

February 22, 2010


Yellowknife, NWT – February 22, 2010 – Discovery Air Inc. announced today that its Interim Contracted Airborne Training Services (ICATS) Type 2 Standing Offers have been extended by the Government of Canada for a further… one year period. This follows last week’s one-year extension of the ICATS Type 1 Standing Offers.

Top Aces, a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air, is the prime supplier of Airborne Training Services to the Canadian Army, Navy and Air Force. In February 2006, the Government of Canada awarded two National Standing Offers to Top Aces to provide “business jet” (Type 2) airborne training services to the Canadian Forces. These Standing Offers were for a three year period, with two option years. The Government has exercised the second option year, extending this service until Feb 2011.

“We are very pleased with this further extension of our services,” commented Didier Toussaint, Top Aces President. “The extension of both Type 1 and Type 2 standing offers confirms that the outsourcing of airborne training services provides great value to the Canadian Forces. Our Aircraft Captains are experienced ex-Canadian Forces pilots who share the same ‘can-do’ attitude displayed by the Canadian Forces personnel with whom they work.”

Also as announced last week, Top Aces is continuing its review of the Government of Canada’s procurement plan for airborne training services beyond 2011 under a proposed new twenty year long term contract (10 years with two 5 year Government of Canada options) for both Type 1 (fast jet) and Type 2 services.

Top Aces is a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air, a specialized aviation company that operates across Canada and around the world. With the second largest fleet in Canada, and over 500 employees Discovery Air offers fixed and rotary wing services as well as logistics and remote operations management. Discovery Air’s Class A common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol DA.A. The Company’s Debentures trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol DA.DB.

For further information, please contact: 
InvestorRelations@DiscoveryAir.com 
Rolf S. Dawson 
Vice President, Corporate Finance and Administration 
Rolf.Dawson@discoveryair.com (867) 444 0060 

Sheila Venman 
Vice President, Administration,
Top Aces Inc. 
sheilavenman@topaces.ca (613) 227 5710

Extension of Top Aces Standing Offer

February 15, 2010


Yellowknife, NWT, Discovery Air Inc. announced today that the Interim Contracted Airborne Training Services (ICATS) contract has been extended by the Government of Canada for a one year period.

Top Aces, a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air, is the prime supplier of Airborne Training services to the Canadian Army, Navy and Air Force.  On February 23rd, 2005, the Government of Canada awarded three national standing offers to Top Aces to provide “fast jet” (known as Type 1) airborne training services to the Canadian Forces. The standing offers were for a period of five years, and this extension will extend that service until 2011.  Top Aces is the only compliant bidder in any area of ICATS Type 1 services.

Top Aces is currently reviewing the Government of Canada’s procurement plan for continued airborne training services beyond 2011 under a proposed new twenty year long term contract (10 years with two 5 year government options.)

Top Aces provides the Army, Navy and Air Force with operational airborne training support.   The President of Top Aces, Didier Toussaint said “We are extremely pleased to able to offer the men and women of the Canadian Forces an extension to the service that we have been providing for the past five years. I am quite proud of our team and the excellent training value they have provided. Through the ICATS program, the Army Forward Air Controllers (FACS) are trained in Close Air Support operations, and the Air Force and Navy use our adversary support and live fire target practice.  In addition, this program provides DND with Electronic Warfare simulation using the support of Department of National Defence (DND) Electronic Warfare Officers (EWO’s). »

Top Aces is a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air, a specialized aviation company that operates across Canada and around the world. With the second largest fleet in Canada, and over 500 employees Discovery Air offers fixed and rotary wings services as well as logistics and remote operations management.

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:

Investorrelations@DiscoveryAir.com

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

Sheila Venman
Vice President, Administration, Top Aces Inc.
sheilavenman@topaces.ca (613) 227 5710