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Top Aces reaches 80,000 hours of air combat training


August 20, 2019
By Wings Staff


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Top Aces holds a current fleet mix of Dornier Alpha Jets, Douglas A-4 Skyhawks, Learjet 35As, and Westwinds and will soon add F-16s. (Photo: Top Aces)

Top Aces Inc. has reached 80,000 hours of operational air combat training, stating no other adversary air provider in the world has delivered this number of flight hours carrying out live air training missions.

The milestone came on July 30, 2019, during 2-ship Red Air Support for German Air Force (GAF) Eurofighters from the Tactical Luftwaffen Wing 71 “Richthofen” in Wittmund, Germany. The pilots, Elmar “Elmo” Besold and Raimund “Lendi” Lendermann, are among Top Aces’ most experienced.

Top Aces is a provider of advanced and innovative adversary air services to several of the world’s leading air forces in Canada, Australia, Germany, and soon the United States.

“Our dedication to serving our customers as well as our motivation to always do better have allowed us to reach a record-breaking and unblemished 80,000 flight hours,” said Paul Bouchard, president and CEO of Top Aces. “We are very pleased with this milestone and are committed to continue to deliver the next generation of highly-representative adversary air to all our customers worldwide.”

Top Aces explains it has a flexible offering ready to meet growing client needs with a current fleet mix of Dornier Alpha Jets, Douglas A-4 Skyhawks, Learjet 35As, Westwinds and a future fleet of F-16s. The company has further expansion plans before the end of this year.

“We are extremely proud to announce this exciting accomplishment for our company,” said Russ Quinn, chief commercial officer, Top Aces. “Our vision remains to be the most trusted provider of advanced air combat training solutions by delivering industry-leading standards of safety, airworthiness and operational excellence.”

Founded in 2000 by a group of highly accomplished former fighter pilots, Top Aces states it has the largest worldwide footprint of privately-held operational fighter aircraft that provide advanced adversary, air-defence and Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) training services around the globe. The mission-critical training offered by Top Aces enhances the operational readiness of combat forces by providing realistic real-world experience while prolonging its customers’ fleet life.