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Discovery Air announces three-year extension for Top Aces

Oct. 1, 2012, Yellowknife, N.W.T. - Discovery Air Inc. announced today that the Government of Canada has extended Top Aces' interim contracted airborne training services Standing Offers for a further three year term commencing in June 2013 and ending in June 2016.

October 1, 2012  By Carey Fredericks

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.



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