A Quebec company selected to train American fighter pilots

Quebec company selected to train American fighter pilots

UPGRADE DAY

A Quebec company has been selected to train American fighter pilots by offering them training worthy of “Top Gun”. 

The Top Aces company, which has a fleet of nearly thirty F-16 AAF (Advanced Aggressor Fighter), will make its pilots and aircraft available to play the role of “enemies” against the F-fighter pilots. 22 and US F-35 in formation. The courses will be given at Eglin (Florida) and Luke (Arizona) air bases, the company said on Monday.

The contract signed with the United States Air Force is for a five-year term and is valued at US$175 million (approximately C$230 million).

“With our fleet of F-16 AAF aircraft, we offer a caliber of adversarial air training that did not exist before. Our commitment is to deliver professional excellence and significant cost savings,” said Top Aces President Russ Quinn.

Competing with aircraft and pilots provided by Top Aces will enable of F-35A, the new multirole fighter aircraft recently adopted by the US military, to “significantly” improve pilot training at a discount.

Indeed, for air forces around the world, doing business with Top Aces allows them to have access to aircraft and pilots without having to draw on their own personnel or use their own aircraft.

For the Montreal-based company, this contract signed with the United States represents an important milestone after 17 years of service and more than 100,000 flight hours. Tops Aces had precisely announced, a few years ago, the purchase of F-16 AAF fighters with the avowed aim of establishing a partnership with the American Air Force.

Top's ambitions Aces, who hoped to triple its number of employees, had convinced the Caisse de depot et placement du Québec to invest $100 million in the adventure, in 2019, along with other investors.

< p>Top Aces has some 40 former Canadian, American and German military pilots in its ranks. About four out of five have graduated from the famous “Top Gun Fighter Weapons School”, the training program for American air combat instructors that inspired the films of the same name.