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:
Discovery Air Aviation Academy
Toll Free (866) 903 3247
Rolf S. Dawson
Vice President, Corporate Finance & Administration
867-873-5350, Ext. 304