Top Aces USA to Exhibit at 2014 Tailhook Reunion
Top Aces USA, the leading combat support provider in the world, is exhibiting at the 2014 Tailhook Reunion in Reno, Nevada from September 4-7 2014. As a corporate sponsor, we are proud to be supporting 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.
Discovery Air announces new airborne training services contract with the German Armed Forces
Discovery Air Inc. announced on January 30, 2014 that Discovery Air Defence Services Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Discovery Air, has entered into a contract to provide airborne training services to the German Armed Forces. 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. Photo credit: Joe Copalman.
Discovery Air completes the acquisition of Advanced Training Systems International
Discovery Air announced on December 17th, 2013 that Discovery Air Defence Services has completed the acquisition of Advanced Training Systems International, Inc. (“ATSI”). ATSI is a U.S. airborne training services company based in Mesa, Arizona. It currently owns a fleet of ten 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.
Discovery Air Defence Services surpasses 40,000 Combat Support Hours
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%.
DADS Opens Engine Test Cell Facility in Bagotville
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. Pictured here at the ribbon cutting ceremony from left to right are: Proco Owner, Marc Girard, Provincial MP, Jean-Marie Claveau, Discovery Air CEO, Koby Shavit, Federal MP, Dany Morin, Director Bagotville Airport, Jean-Marc Dufour, Group President Government Services, Didier Toussaint and Gunther Reese.
Discovery Air participates in Martin Baker Ejection Seat Course
On November 26th – 30th seven Discovery Air employees participated in a Martin Baker Ejection Seat Course held in Bagotville, Quebec. The course was delivered by Mick Cameron, Senior After Sales Executive at Martin-Baker Aircraft Co Ltd. Direct training from the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) is an investment in our Maintenance Team. The ejection seat is obviously an important piece of kit for the safety of the Alpha Jet aircrew, so increasing our in-house knowledge and experience across our operating bases is great for the whole operation.
Discovery Air announces three year extension of Combat Support Standing Offers for interim contracted airborne training services
Discovery Air Inc. (“Discovery Air”) announced on September 28, 2012 that the Government of Canada has extended our Combat Support Standing Offers for a further three year term commencing in June 2013 and ending in June 2016.
2000 Hours in the Alpha Jet
During the week of June 11th, 2012, Dave “Spiff” Whittal completed his 2000th hour flying in the Alpha Jet. He achieved this milestone during Maple Flag, an International Exercise that takes place in Cold Lake, AB. Spiff joined Discovery Air Defence Services in 2005, and his commitment and skills have been essential to our success. Discovery Air Defence Services would like to congratulate Spiff for his achievements and thank him for his lasting commitment to the program. Jeff ‘Beck’ Beckett on the left is presenting Spiff with his patch. Experience Matters.
Discovery Air Defence Services Milestone
Over 30,000 hours flying Combat Support to the Canadian Forces.
Discovery Air Defence Services completes busy Winter season
Discovery Air Defence Services (DADS) completed a successful 2012 Winter deployment season by providing Contracted Airborne Training Services for the Canadian Military in various southern locations. Proving our experience below the border this winter resulted in safe and efficient training for Fighter Weapons Instructor Students, Fighter Pilot Students, Forward Air Controller Students, and Navy Task Group Exercise Sailors. Pictured here by Corporal Pierre Habib are four of DADS' Alpha Jets led by a Canadian CF-18 Hornet over Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas during exercise Chum Ex. This is an annual joint International exercise lead by the USAF’s 93rd Sqn. at Homestead Air Reserve Base.
Welcome to Discovery Air Defence Services
Discovery Air Defence Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air, is the exclusive supplier of combat airborne training services to the Canadian Armed Forces. We provide 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.
Discovery Air Defence Services’ integrated logistics, maintenance and engineering solutions ensure that the Canadian Forces receives the level of support they require to achieve their objectives.
Since 2005, Discovery Air Defence Services has been delivering premium quality, realistic and cost effective training to our military and we look forward to being an integral part of Canadian efforts to generate operational ready forces well into the future. Experience Matters.
Did You Know?
... that each Discovery Air Defence Services pilot has a unique call sign? Pilot call signs almost always originate from a member of a pilot's squadron. It's considered bad form to make your own call sign. While the origins of an aviation call sign can be varied, many play reference to the aviator’s surname, personality traits or past feats during the pilot’s career. Check out our own Call Sign Generator to see what your unique call sign would be!
... that Discovery Air Defence Services opened a new Engine Test Cell Facility in Bagotville, Quebec in June 2013? 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.
... that according to one of our customers, the excellent services that Discovery Air Defence Services provides “can make the difference in [their] ability to influence the battle space and effectively eliminate a threat to [their] soldiers in theatre, which translates into saving lives?” Check out other customer testimonials here.
... that Discovery Air Defence Services offers rear seat training flights to Forward Air Controllers (FAC)? This is a great training opportunity and certainly brings a very different perspective to the FACs as they can see what the pilot sees as the aircraft flys to the controlled airspace.
... that in September 2013 we surpassed 40,000 combat support hours? This marks a tremendous milestone, and is particularly impresive given the company's 100% accident-free record and ongoing serviceability rates in excess of 98%.
DADS Takes Off
Two of Discovery Air Defence Services' newly painted Alpha Jets take off on a flight between Trois-Rivieres and Bagotville.Video credit: Philippe Palard.