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    DA Defence Services' A-4N Aircraft have arrived in Germany

    Discovery Air Defence Services' A-4N aircraft have arrived in Wittmund Germany for the provision of contracted airborne training services in support of the German Armed Forces commencing January 2015. This photo was taken during the transit at Glasgow’s Prestwick Airport by photographer Bob Logan.

    DADS' A-4N have arrived in Germany
     
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    DA Defence Services Deploys A-4 Aircraft to Germany

    Discovery Air Inc. announced on October 29, 2014 that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. has begun the deployment of its significantly upgraded, glass cockpit, advanced A-4N fleet to Wittmund, Germany to begin its contract with the German Armed Forces. Under its contract, DA Defence Services will provide fast jet airborne training services to the German Armed Forces for a term of five years, commencing January 2015. This announcement was made at the Ottawa International Airport by senior Discovery Air executives alongside, Member of Parliament for Bruce – Grey – Owen Sound, Larry Miller, Chair of the Government of Canada Transport Committee.

    DADS Deploys A-4 Aircraft to Germany
     
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    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.

    Top Aces USA to Exhibit at 2014 Tailhook Reunion
     
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    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.

    DA announces new airborne training services contract with the German Armed Forces
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    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 completes the acquisition of ATSI
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    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 surpasses 40,000 Combat Support Hours
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    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.

    DADS Opens Engine Test Cell Facility in Bagotville, QC
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    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 participates in Martin Baker Ejection Seat Course
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    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.

    DA announces three year extension of Combat Support Standing Offers for iCATS
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    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.

    2000 Hours in the Alpha Jet

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?

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    ... 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!

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    ... 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. 

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    ... 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.
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    ... 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.
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    ... that in September 2017 we surpassed 47,000 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%.

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Two of Discovery Air Defence Services' newly painted Alpha Jets take off on a flight between Trois-Rivieres and Bagotville.Video credit: Philippe Palard.
 

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