About Us

Top Aces is changing the face of defense training with its unparalleled safety record, innovative technology, highly experienced team and an industry-leading 100 000 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 that provides advanced adversary air (ADAIR) and joint terminal attack controller (JTAC) technology and training to NATO and allied forces around the globe, including the United-States, Canada, Germany and other European countries. We employ a growing team of 450+ highly skilled personnel based in the geographies where we serve our clients, including an elite team of fighter pilots, many of whom are US Air Force Weapons School graduates or experienced USAF Aggressors.

The specific focus of Top Aces Corp., whose F-16 Center of Excellence is based in Mesa, Arizona, is to serve and provide mission-critical training to the active military branches of the United States, namely the USAF. In August 2022, Top Aces Corp. was selected under the US Air Force (USAF) Combat Air Force Contracted Air Support program to provide advanced adversary air training with its F-16 fleet to pilots at Eglin Air Force Base (AFB) in Florida and Luke AFB in Arizona. Top Aces began training in support of USAF F-35A and F-22 fleets in October 2022. Valued at up to $175 million USD, this five-year contract will significantly enhance the training of fifth generation combat pilots.

Our Purpose

Prepare the next generation of combat leaders.

Our Values

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

“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

“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

“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

“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
Management Team
Russ "Puck" Quinn

President

Russ joined Top Aces in 2018 as the parent company’s Chief Commercial Officer and was responsible for leading a focused team of professionals spearheading domestic...
Kevin "Shaggy" Wilson

Vice President of Program Operations

Kevin joined the Top Aces Corp. leadership team in 2019 as Chief Pilot responsible for all aspects of flight operations, planning, and execution for the U.S....
Chad Parkhill

Vice President of Finance and Program Support

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

Vice President of Operations/Chief Pilot

As VP of Operations and Chief Pilot, Jake is responsible for all flight OPS and training of all F-16 pilots for Top Aces Corp. He develops...
John Cartwright

Vice President of Maintenance and Supply Chain

John joined TAC’s leadership team in early 2020, as VP of Maintenance and Supply Chain, after retiring from the US Air Force at the rank...
Brian “Taz” Delamater

Vice President of Business Development

Brian joined the Top Aces team in February 2022 as the Director of Business Development.  Today, he is the company’s Vice President of Business...
Andrew "Popeye" Hansen

Chief of Safety & F-16 Adversary Instructor Pilot

Andrew “Popeye” Hansen is Chief of Safety for Top Aces Corp. and is responsible for implementing and executing a robust safety program for both...
T. Lindsay Oliekan

Vice President of Human Resources and Facility Management

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...
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...
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...
David A. Tanner

David is the Managing Director of Three Mile Capital, a private investment company. Previously, he served as the Managing Director of Arlon Group and Executive Vice...
Susan (Sue) B. Chodakewitz

Ms. Chodakewitz currently serves as Chief Growth Strategy Officer at The Cadmus Group, where she oversees purpose-driven corporate growth and strategy to support Cadmus’ mission...
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