About Us

The company is changing the face of air combat training with its unparalleled safety record, outstanding team and an industry-leading 95 000 hours + of operational training flown in support of its customers worldwide. Top Aces has the experience that matters.

Top Aces is a privately owned company and the exclusive adversary air provider to the 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 elite fighter pilots hail from the United States, Canada and Germany, with 80% Top Gun Fighter Weapons School graduates or experienced USAF Aggressors.  The specific focus of Top Aces Corp. is to serve and provide mission-critical training to the active military branches of the United States, namely the USAF and the USN. 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.

Our Purpose

We aim to train the next generation of
 combat leaders.

Our Values

We pride ourselves on living our values:
Service – Integrity – Excellence – Together

“I am writing to thank you very much for the support Top Aces gave to Exercise MEDMAN 4-09 from 26 – 30 September 2009. The Commander of the 2nd Battalion the Royal Welsh Battlegroup has told me that his troops very much appreciated the extra realism that live air brought to their training. […] The professionalism and flexibility of you and your staff made a valuable contribution to what was a very successful exercise.”

Squadron Leader Neil R.A. Dixon, RAF

“Your flexibility in accommodating our training needs displays what a top notch organization Top Aces is. Your training is far superior to the simulated training we normally get.”

Lieutenant (Navy) T.J. Harnish, Shipborne Air Control Officer

“The Top Aces commitment to the success of Ex DESERT RAM was clearly demonstrated through the obvious effort and time dedicated to supporting the exercise. I have no doubt the training audience benefited greatly from the aircrew’s professionalism and dedication to task.”

Colonel K.A. Corbould

“It is my distinct pleasure to thank the men and women of Top Aces for their outstanding support to our exercises held in Wainwright, Alberta. […] In the words of my air staff, Major André Lessard, who was responsible to coordinate your participation: the exposure received by the Forward Air Controllers and the Tactical Air Control Party hugely increased their confidence and ability to employ air assets. In and of itself, this achievement can make the difference in our ability to influence the battle space and effectively eliminate a threat to our soldiers in theatre, which translates into saving lives.”

Lieutenant-Colonel Lavalée, CF Air Component Commander Forward

“Top Aces is providing a variety of services to CUTLASS FURY 16, from electronic warfare to the simulation of fighter jets and missiles. These contracted services allow for a realistic training environment that enhances the skills of all participants.”

Captain (Navy) Craig Skjerpen, Commander Task Group 301.1 for CUTLASS FURY 16
Management Team
Russ Quinn


Russ joined Top Aces in 2018 as Chief Commercial Officer and is responsible for leading a focused team of professionals spearheading domestic and international business growth. An...
John Cartwright

Vice President of Maintenance and Logistics

John recently retired from the US Air Force at the rank of Colonel with his most recent assignment working as the Inspector General, Air Force Material...
T. Lindsay Oliekan

Sr. Director of Human Resources

Lindsay joined Top Aces in 2015 as the Director of Human Resources & Administration for the U.S. Operations, and was instrumental in developing and implementing HR...
Chad Parkhill

Vice President of Programs

Chad came to Top Aces with 20 years of experience in the Aerospace and Defense industry. Most recently, Chad was President and CEO for U.S. defense...
Jake "Snake" Trigler

Director of Operations / Chief Pilot

Jake joined Top Aces in 2019 and is responsible for leading all aspects of flight operations and ensures TAC maintains the highest standards of safety. He manages...
Kevin A. "Shaggy" Wilson

Vice President of Business Development

Kevin joined the Top Aces team in 2019 as the Chief Pilot and now is responsible for all aspects of planning and execution of the U.S....
Christopher “Motor” Couluris

Chief of Safety

Christopher is Chief of Safety for Top Aces Corp and responsible for implementing and executing a robust safety plan for flight and ground operations.  He...
Board of Directors
Dr. Edward H. Bersoff

Dr. Edward H. Bersoff is currently Chairman of Parabilis, LLC a business finance company located in Northern Virginia.  He is also the Chairman of Greenwich...
General (Ret) Robin Rand

General (Ret) Robin Rand retired from the United States Air Force in Sep 2018 after serving on active duty for over 40 years.   He entered the United...
Vice Admiral (Ret) David J. Venlet

David consults independently and assists clients with strategy and leadership development, risk communications and realism in complex program management. He is a proxy board member and...
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