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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.
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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).
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Discovery Air Defence is committed to being the premier provider of cost effective aviation solutions to the Canadian Armed Forces and the Government of Canada.
Discovery Air Defence is part of the Discovery Air family, which has a wealth of technical expertise in its subsidiaries, ranging from Fixed-wing to Rotary-wing for both Civil and Military products.
Discovery Air Defence operates a fleet of modified Alpha Jet aircraft in the airborne training services role. All Alpha Jet aircraft have been upgraded with state-of-the-art Martin Baker ejection seats and Dassault Canopy Escape systems.
Discovery Air Defence operates IAI Westwind 1124 aircraft, all special mission configured, to provide high-quality real-time training. The Westwinds have been modified with under-winged hard points, pylons and an internal winch to support Target Tow and Electronic Warfare missions. Top Discovery Air Defence's fleet of Westwinds stands ready to meet the demand for quality special mission combat support.