Hicks & Lawrence Limited announces the opening of its aviation school Discovery Aviation Academy

SUDBURY, ON, Sept. 1, 2011 /CNW/ - Hicks & Lawrence Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc., is pleased to announce the opening of its aviation school, Discovery Aviation Academy (DAA). Established to provide ground and flight training to fixed-wing students from its facility in Sudbury, Ontario, DAA will commence operations on September 1st.

"There is currently a significant gap that exists between aviation schools and operators," commented Jason Fogg, Program Manager of Discovery Aviation Academy. "DAA will leverage Discovery Air's extensive network to help give its students exposure to real-world aviation and bridge the gap between graduation and employment."

"The development of Discovery Aviation Academy is one initiative to leverage infrastructure already in place to support existing business," stated Mark Hill, President of Hicks & Lawrence. "It also establishes a pipeline of qualified personnel into the organization."

Discovery Aviation Academy operates out of a modern facility located at the Greater Sudbury Airport, which holds office and classroom space along with a 13,000 square foot hangar floor. More information about DAA can be found on the school's website at www.flydaa.ca.

ABOUT DISCOVERY AIR

Founded in 2004, Discovery Air Inc. is a specialty aviation services company operating across Canada and in select locations internationally. With over 130 aircraft, it is one of the largest air operators in Canada, employing more than 600 flight crew, maintainers and support staff to deliver a variety of air transport, maintenance and logistics solutions to its government, airline and business customers. The Corporation's subsidiaries include Top Aces, which delivers airborne training and special mission services to the Canadian military; Hicks & Lawrence, a supplier of airborne fire management services to the Ontario government and charter services to government agencies and corporate customers; Discovery Air Technical Services, which provides a range of maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification, engineering and certification services; Great Slave Helicopters, one of the largest VFR helicopter operators in the country; Air Tindi, the largest fixed-wing aircraft charter provider based in Northern Canada; Discovery Mining Services, which supplies all-weather exploration camps as well as expediting and logistics support services; and Discovery Air Innovations, the innovation arm of Discovery Air that identifies and captures large, new market opportunities.

CAUTION REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Discovery Air's public communications may include written or oral forward-looking statements (as defined in applicable securities laws) regarding the future performance of the company and/or its subsidiaries. Forward-looking statements by definition are based on assumptions and are as a result subject to risks and uncertainties, including those identified in the Management's Discussion and Analysis section of Discovery Air's financial statements for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2011, available at www.sedar.com. As a result of such risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those discussed in forward-looking statements, and readers should not place undue reliance on such statements. Forward-looking statements represent expectations as of the date they are made, and Discovery Air disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements it may make, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable securities laws.

Discovery Air's shares and debentures trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (Symbols DA.A and DA.DB.A respectively).

SOURCE Discovery Air Inc.

For further information:

Jason Fogg
Discovery Air Aviation Academy
jason.fogg@flydaa.ca
705-693-3346

Sheila Venman
Investor Relations
sheila.venman@discoveryair.com
Toll Free (866) 903 3247

Rolf S. Dawson
Vice President, Corporate Finance & Administration
rolf.dawson@discoveryair.com
867-873-5350, Ext. 304


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