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Discovery Air Defence operates and maintains a fleet of 20 uniquely equipped aircraft with competitive capabilities, and our maintenance specialists focus on equipment reliability, maintainability, resource optimization and designing effective maintenance plans.


DA Defence generates over 4600 flying hours per year with a maintenance reliability level of over 98 percent while maintaining competitive operating costs. DA Defence operates both nationally and internationally as required to support the Canadian Armed Forces; Army, Navy and Air Force. In Canada we maintain operations in Victoria, Cold Lake, Bagotville and Halifax.

DA Defence is an approved Transport Canada Aircraft Maintenance Organization. Every facet of aircraft maintenance at Top Aces is defined in a document called Maintenance Control Manual and Maintenance Policy Manual. These documents, which are both approved by Transport Canada, defines all the roles and responsibility of maintenance personnel and includes the process to be followed by technicians and managers.

The maintenance performance achieved by DA Defence is in part possible to an array of dynamic and exceptional suppliers.


DA Defence has developed a full fledged Operation Research and Statistical based Integrated Logistics System (ILS). This tool has the sophistication of the most advanced ILS systems around, and uses DA Defence's own maintenance statistics to produce forecast of parts required to support sustained operations. This tool is a significant contributor to the performance in providing serviceable aircraft on a constant basis.

The success is also based on pro-active and dedicated suppliers from around the world.


DA Defence has a proven track record in the design, certification and incorporation of aircraft modifications. It has developed and incorporated over 25 aircraft modifications in the last 2 years. Its expertise covers program management, and the specialties of structure, military and civil avionics, mission systems, ejection systems and many others. DA Defence collaborates with a large network of highly specialized subject matter experts and various original equipment manufacturers (OEM) to find Engineering and Maintenance solutions. They have provided consulting to military and civil operators from around the world on aircraft engineering issues.

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Top Aces Inc.

Top Aces Inc.


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Changing The Face of Air Combat Training

The mission-critical training offered by Top Aces enhances the operational readiness of combat forces by providing a realistic real-world experience while prolonging fleet life.

The company is changing the face of air combat training with its unparalleled safety record, outstanding team and an industry-leading 75,000+ hours of operational training flown in support of its customers worldwide. Top Aces has the experience that matters.

Top Aces provides advanced airborne training to the world’s leading air forces. Founded in 2000 by a small group of highly accomplished former fighter pilots, Top Aces has the largest worldwide footprint of privately-held operational fighter aircraft that provide advanced adversary, air-defence and Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) training services around the globe. The mission-critical training offered by Top Aces enhances the operational readiness of combat forces by providing a realistic real-world experience while prolonging fleet life.

Top Aces is a privately owned company and the exclusive adversary air provider to the Australian, Canadian, and German armed forces. We employ a growing team of 300+ highly skilled personnel based in the geographies where we serve our clients. Our more than 40 fighter pilots hail from the Canadian, German and Australian armed forces and 80% of them are Top Gun Fighter Weapons School graduates. We are proud and fortunate to employ many veterans who, along with the entire Top Aces team, contribute to delivering our purpose and values every day under the highest possible technical and operational airworthiness standards.

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