Discovery Air Defence (formerly Top Aces) was started by three former CF-18 pilots in 2000. Originally, the company's focus was on providing aviation consulting services to the Department of National Defence (DND) and mainstream original equipment manufacturers (OEM).
Given their extensive backgrounds in tactical fighter aviation, the three founding partners bid on, and subsequently won, the Contracted Airborne Training Services (CATS) contract to deliver fast air support to DND in 2005. Within a record 6 months of winning the CATS contract, DA Defence was flying their first missions in the Alpha Jet in support of the Canadian military. This early success was followed closely by the winning of a second contract in 2006 to provide Special Mission support with the Westwind aircraft.
Since winning the portfolio of CATS contracts, DA Defence has rapidly built an outstanding team of pilots, maintainers and support personnel that are focused on meeting the needs of the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces. Today, DA Defence is an exciting place to work that is fast growing and an industry leader in providing aviation solutions to the Government of Canada.