Discovery Air is a Tier One sponsor of the Discovery Air Hawk One Project – Celebrating 100 years of powered flight in Canada! To learn more, please visit www.hawkone.ca.
Headquartered in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Great Slave Helicopters and its group of companies is one of the largest helicopter operators in Canada.
Discovery Mining Services is a mining service and expediting company serving the needs of companies operating throughout Canada.
Air Tindi operates a diversified fleet of fixed-wing aircraft and offers air ambulance, tourism, cargo transport, charter flying and scheduled service across Canada’s north.
Discovery Air Defence Services is the prime supplier of Airborne Training services to the Canadian Army, Navy and Air Force.
Discovery Air Inc.’s Class A common voting shares and unsecured debentures trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbols DA.A and DA.DB.A, respectively).
Discovery Air Technical Services (DATS) is a Transport Canada Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO 23-10) with a wide range of capabilities. We are authorized to perform maintenance and modifications on all U.S. registered aircraft as listed in the U.S./Canada bilateral agreement (Ref. CFR 43.17) and under EASA 145 (European Aviation Safety Agency).
Did You Know?
... that on August 2, 2012 Discovery Air International flew 2 snowy owls from Edmonton to their original home in Inuvik, NWT? The trip went extremely well and the two beautiful owls are now back in their natural environment after receiving the care they needed from the Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation. A big thank you to Northern Cross for helping coordinate this.
... on August 8th, 2012 a group of 9 summer camp children had the chance to view Alpha Jet 082 at the Bagotville base? After a morning at the Bagotville Aviation Museum, Simon Bouchard and Jerome Ouellet lead the children into the hangar where they each had their turn in the cockpit.
... the Fighter Weapons Instructor Course (FWIC) is the highly-selective Canadian “Top Gun” course for fighter pilots. Based out of Cold Lake, Alberta, the prestigious five month program accepts up to eight (8) students a year. The “Top Gun” course is designed to train already experienced Fighter Pilots at the Graduate level in all aspects of strike-fighter aircraft employment, which includes tactics, hardware, techniques and the current world threat for air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. Did you know that in addition to employing many FWIC graduates, Discovery Air Defence Services also supports the course today by presenting real-world adversary threats for the current course in locations all across America?
... that at 19:15 hours on February 23rd, 2012, David Pretorius and Herve’ Bertho flew the newly outfitted Bell 212, C-GDAO from Yellowknife to Behchoko to Whati and back to Yellowknife under Night VFR conditions, completing GSH’s first revenue Part 704 flight operation?
... that Air Tindi’s Jason Pineau placed first in the category “best of the best” in Aviation Week’s 2012 Art and Photography issue? An annual worldwide photo competition, this year there were roughly 900 entries from 108 photographers. Congratulations Jason! Jason’s winning photo was taken in September 2011 on Point Lake, NWT and is a panoramic shot, which means it’s actually 5 photos stitched together. The nearly full moon was behind Jason when he took the photo, which is what lit up the airplane and the landscape. The twilight from the sunset is on the left, while the moon lights up the right side of the photo.
... that in the spring of 2012, Discovery Aviation Academy announced that it secured optional co-op positions for its Career Pilot Program through its parent company's contract with the OMNR to provide 6 Aerial Detection Observers?
... that Air Tindi helped deliver toys to NWT Communities on Sunday December 18th, 2011? Over $80,000 worth of new toys were collected at the Toronto Santa Claus Parade and the Toronto Zoo to be distributed to children in Northern communities. They were flown into Yellowknife from Trenton on a C-130 Hercules and from there Air Tindi and its partner Tli Cho Air helped deliver them.
... that Discovery Air sponsordc the Yellowknife High Performance Ski Team for the 2012 season with new team ski suits? A team comprised of NWT’s elite cross country skiers aged 11 to 16, the team competes in events such as: the Arctic Winter Games and the Canada Winter Games.
... that on June 21, 2011, National Aboriginal Day, Air Tindi flew the Western Premiers to the top of Virginia Falls in Nahanni National Park, as part of their Western Premiers Conference agenda? The falls are twice the height of Niagara Falls.
... that Discovery Air is proud to sponsor Yellowknife snowboarder Andrew Matthews as he strives to achieve his goal of competing in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games? Andrew has already landed on the podium several times in his competitive career including during a summer 2011 training trip to Wanaka, New Zealand, in the Volcom Peanut Butter and Rail Jam.
... that Discovery Aviation Academy is registered as a Private Career College (PCC) under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005? All flight schools offering a Commercial Pilot License or Flight Instructor Rating must be registered as a PCC. DAA is one of the only schools in Northern Ontario approved to offer the Commercial Pilot License.
... that one of Discovery Air Technical Services’ employees, Étienne Dumas Gilbert, took part in the 17th Skills Canada National Competition for Trades and Technologies? June 1st to 4th 2011, over 500 competitors gathered in Quebec City for the only national, Olympic-style, multi-trade and technology competition for young students and apprentices in the country. Gilbert finished in 3rd place in the aircraft maintenance category.
... that on Tuesday, July 5th 2011, Air Tindi flew the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge from Yellowknife to Blachford Lake on one of their Twin Otter float planes? They are pictured here being greeted by Air Tindi President, Chuck Parker and Chief Pilot, Kim Zenko before embarking on the aircraft.
... that Brad “Bear” Dolan received the Commanding Officer’s (CO) coin from the CO of 1 Royal Canadian Horse Artillery LCol Tim Young in appreciation for the work Discovery Air Defence Services completed in Shilo, MB as part of Forward Air Controller (FAC) Training? Between missions, Bear met the FACs on the ground and fortunately the Army lent him a coat – it was -23C with the wind to 28kts. They expressed their appreciation and high regard for the training.
... that Discovery Air Defence Services offers rear seat training flights to Forward Air Controllers (FAC)? On November 29, 2010, pilot Brad "Bear" Dolan and Captain Manu Pelletier-Bedard landed in Quebec City. 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. Major Andre "Stuka" Lessard completed the first flight earlier that day.
... that Discovery Air suported Movember during November 2010 and 2011? Employees Canada-wide joined the "Mo Crew" in their efforts to raise awareness about men's health issues and raise funds for Prostate Cancer Canada. The Discovery Air "Mo Bros" started growing their moustaches November 1st and continued doing so for the entire month - growing the "ribbon" for men's health issues.
... that Discovery Air Technical Services and Great Slave Helicopters both sponsor 17-year old racing driver Nathan Blok? Blok drove his #5 Van Dieman F-1600 to two podium finishes before record crowds at the Grand Prix du Canada held on June 10th - 12th, 2011 at the Famed Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
... that Discovery Air Defence Services' very own Stephen "Fig" Newton was newly elected into the 2010 Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Board of Directors? AUVSI is an International nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the technology of unmanned vehicles through communication, education and leadership.
... that at Discovery Air we're always looking for great ideas? If you think you have a great idea that we should examine, submit it and you could be eligible for a reward. We're giving away prizes from a DA golf shirt to a thrilling ride in an Alpha Jet! Submit your ideas to: email@example.com.
... that Air Tindi's bush pilot Darcy Milkowski was featured in the April/May 2010 edition of up here magazine? He was included in an article by Katherine Sandiford called 10 Northern Jobs You Wish Were Yours. The article features 10 people with dream jobs from Northern Canada and Darcy couldn't agree more. "You can go anywhere. Just pick a spot in the middle of the tundra and you can land there, on skis, on floats or on tires. It's amazing." A complete version of Darcy's excerpt will be included in the May edition of Flight Plan.
... that Mark Allan, one of Air Tindi's customers, built and hand-painted a model of a Piston Single Otter? In 2005 he flew to De Beers Site Kennady Lake in one of Air Tindi's Twin Otters to visit his father and decided to make a model to remind him of these fond memories. Mark remembers "the excellent crew of people working [for Discovery Air]" and cannot wait to get back up to Yellowknife again sometime to "check out the real version of the model [he] built."
... that at the Grand Opening ceremonies for the new Head Office of Discovery Air in Yellowknife, NWT the Tlicho Drummers performed a prayer song?
... that Discovery Air Fire Services, is a Northern Ontario based Air Operator which has been active in the Canadian Aviation industry for over 50 years?
... that DA has a number of employees who are related to each other? At Discovery Air Defence Services, maintenance runs in the Noreau family, as Steeve and Carol together with their dad Marc all work on the Alpha Jet and Westwind aircraft. Marc is affectionately known as "Papa Noreau."
... that 3 Discovery Air Defence Services pilots, Shawn "Burner" Byrne, Jeff "Beck" Beckett and Steve "Bunt" Nierlich have over 3000 hours of flying time in the F-18 Hornet? Bunt was the only one to get all of his hours on the CF-18, both Burner and Beck completed exchange tours with the US.
... where Air Tindi gets its name? Tindi means "big lake" in Dogrib and the Dogrib Tli Cho people have always been one of our loyal customers.
... that Discovery Air is one of the largest air operators in Canada?
… that Fred Carmichael, an associate of Discovery Air, was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2008 for his contributions and achievements as an Aboriginal leader, businessman and volunteer, as well as a committed and untiring advocate of autonomy for Native people? Great Slave Helicopters and Discovery Mining Services joint-venture partner William L. Lyall received the same honour in 2003 for championing Inuit business initiatives to create and expand economic development in northern communities.
Both Great Slave Helicopters and Air Tindi are co-sponsors of the Government of the Northwest Territories Aviation Bursary Program that provides eight $5,000 scholarships to young Northerners looking to pursue a career in aviation within the NWT industry each year.
If you would like to concentrate on flying aircraft while knowing you are in the safest hands around, our team of maintainers will take care of all aspects of managing your fleet.
Discovery Air Fire Services operates with four divisions
Discovery Air Fire Services has been active in the aviation industry for over 60 years and is organized into four operating divisions; Fire, Charter, Imagery and Training.Read More
Discovery Air International was established to expand Discovery Air’s range of specialty aviation services domestically and internationally and will focus initially on executive charter, medevac and repatriation services out of Western Canada with its primary base and main operations based out of Calgary, Alberta.
The Northlinx Network brings together many of the Great Slave Helicopters Aboriginal Joint-Venture Partnerships allowing all participants to benefit from pan-territorial mega-projects requiring helicopter services in the North. Presently there are twelve partnerships operating in this profitable model around the NWT and Nunavut. On top of that, Air Tindi has an additional four Aboriginal partnerships and Discovery Mining Services has two.
We are committed to providing our customers with specialty aviation solutions whenever and wherever they are required. Our pilots, maintainers, logisticians and administrators operate with precision and pride in some of the most challenging environments in the world.
Discovery Air is committed to recruiting and retaining the best talent in aviation industry. By joining Discovery Air you will have the opportunity to participate in a unique and dynamic environment focused on growth, entrepreneurship, innovation and teamwork.
Discovery Aviation Academy is a flight school based in Sudbury, Ontario that offers many different types of pilot flight training to meet the needs of all aspiring aviators.