Top Aces Announces Military Flight Release for F-16 Advanced Aggressor Fighter
News, August 16, 2022

Certification an essential prerequisite for flight training with United States Air Force


MESA (ARIZONA) August 16, 2022 – Top Aces Corp., a leading provider of advanced adversary training and the only company in the world to own and operate the F-16 commercially, today announced receipt of Military Flight Release (MFR) from the United States Air Force (USAF) for its F-16 Advanced Aggressor Fighter (AAF) aircraft.

MFR allows Top Aces’ F-16 AAFs, the most sophisticated adversary air platform on the market today, to immediately begin supporting USAF flight training programs.

Equipped with Top Aces’ proprietary Advanced Aggressor Mission System (AAMS), the F-16 AAF replicates near-peer adversary fighter aircraft. Since AAMS is founded on open system architecture, it facilitates the rapid integration of sensors and functions to match evolving adversary threats.

Today, the F-16 AAF is fielded with:


  • Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) air-to-air radar
  • Scorpion Helmet-Mounted Cueing System (HMCS)
  • Tactical datalink communications
  • Infrared search and track (IRST) systems
  • Advanced electronic attack pod employment
  • Passive radio frequency (RF) detection capabilities
  • High fidelity weapon simulation – accurately replicates adversary weapons and tactics
  • An array of tactical functions coordinating the above systems which offer a wide spectrum of realistic adversary effects.

“To provide effective training to pilots flying fifth-generation fighters – such as the F-22 or F-35 – we must match the capabilities of near-peer adversary fighter aircraft,” says Russ Quinn, President, Top Aces Corp., a 26-year USAF veteran and former Aggressor pilot. “By combining the power and avionics of the F-16 with AAMS, we can replicate contemporary adversary threats with accuracy and cost-efficiency. And now with MFR, Top Aces is cleared to deliver the most advanced training solution available to the USAF.”

About Top Aces

With more than 100,000 accident-free flight hours, Top Aces Holdings Inc. and its subsidiaries including Blue Air Training provide advanced adversary air (ADAIR) and joint terminal attack controller (JTAC) technology and training to the world’s leading air forces. The company has the largest fleet of commercially-operated fighter aircraft in active service and is the world's only commercial owner/operator of the F-16. Top Aces mission-critical training enhances the operational readiness of combat forces by delivering real-world experience while creating significant cost efficiencies and extending the lifecycle of military aircraft fleets. For more information, please visit


Russ Quinn, President, Top Aces Corp., will attend the AFA’s “Air, Space & Cyber Conference” in National Harbor, MD, September 19-21. Visit Top Aces at booth 1714 to learn more about the most advanced adversary capabilities currently serving the US Department of Defense.


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Erin Black

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