Top Aces Announces FAA Certification of F-16 Fighter Aircraft
News, May 19, 2021

Leading provider of adversary air training is the first private company in the world to operate 

F-16s under commercial license.

Mesa, AZ, May 19, 2021 – Top Aces Corp., a leading provider of advanced adversary training, today announced a ground breaking milestone as its newly-acquired F-16 fighter aircraft earned FAA certification and completed its first flight.

In order to support the US Air Force (USAF) Contracted Air Support indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract, Top Aces took delivery of its first four F-16s in January, becoming the first private company in the world to own and operate a fourth-generation fighter aircraft. Top Aces’ highly-skilled in-house maintenance team then returned the aircraft to full operational and airworthy status at its F-16 Center of Excellence in Mesa, Arizona. This week marks a historic achievement as Top Aces’ first F-16 obtained FAA certification and successfully performed its initial test flight.

A fundamental step in preparing Top Aces’ F-16 fleet to serve the USAF is the integration of Top Aces’ open architecture Advanced Aggressor Mission System (AAMS), which will provide the most advanced adversary capability in the industry. This proprietary system features the latest technologies including active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, infrared search-and-track (IRST), advanced data link and helmet-mounted cueing systems.  

“By recruiting the most-experienced former USAF Aggressor pilots and ground crews, deploying this high-caliber aircraft and upgrading the F-16 with tailor-made system modifications, Top Aces will provide the most tactically challenging, realistic and cost-effective adversary training. The entire Top Aces team is very proud to play our part in providing the men and women who operate USAF and USN front line fighters with the most advanced level of training possible,” says Russ Quinn, President, Top Aces Corp.

About Top Aces

Top Aces provides advanced adversary (“red air”) and joint terminal attack controller (JTAC) training to the world’s leading air forces. It has the largest fleet of commercially-operated fighter aircraft and is the first company in the world to acquire the F-16, which will enter service later this year in support of the USAF. Its mission-critical training enhances the operational readiness of combat forces by providing real-world experience. Top Aces’ training creates significant cost efficiencies and extends the lifecycle of military fleets. For more information, please visit

Media Contact:

Erin Black
Communications Manager, Top Aces 
+1 (514) 867-0886