ɫƵ Corp. and Blue Air Training join forces. From left to right: Gretchen Barlow, Founder & CAO of Blue Air Training; James “Chef” Barlow, Founder & CEO of Blue Air Training; Russ Quinn, President of ɫƵ Corp.; Paul Bouchard, CEO of ɫƵ
Blue Air Training Corp. and ɫƵ Corp. announce groundbreaking business combination – expanding service offering to military customers worldwide
News, March 30, 2022

Leading JTAC and ADAIR companies join forces

LAS VEGAS, NV and MESA, AZ, March 30, 2022 – Blue Air Training Corp. (Blue Air) and ɫƵ Corp., today announced the completion of an industry changing business combination. Customers for both companies will now benefit from Blue Air’s best-in-class Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) training expertise, and the capabilities of ɫƵ to exercise their pilots against the world’s most advanced fleet of contracted aggressor aircraft.

“As countries worldwide look to ramp up combat readiness, the demand for highly specialized and affordable contracted Adversary Air (ADAIR) and JTAC services is on the rise. We’re extremely proud to join forces with Blue Air, bringing together two of the most capable and experienced ADAIR and JTAC training providers in the world,” said Paul Bouchard, CEO of ɫƵ Holdings Inc.

“The business combination is a perfect fit as ɫƵ and Blue Air are tightly aligned in culture and mission. Through this partnership, we look forward to deepening our relationship with our customers and demonstrating the value of a one-stop solution for the most comprehensive, realistic and cost-effective training available,” said Russ Quinn, President of ɫƵ Corp.

“As the recognized global expert in JTAC training, Blue Air’s business combination with ɫƵ creates a single, harmonized turnkey solution for ADAIR and Close Air Support (CAS) benefiting customers worldwide. We are thrilled to continue providing the highest quality training experience available to our Warfighters,” said James “Chef” Barlow, Founder and CEO of Blue Air.

Both Blue Air and ɫƵ Corp. will continue to be headquartered in Las Vegas, NV, and Mesa, AZ, respectively and will operate independently under the same names. Customers can expect to receive the same high-quality service – now with access to a full range of advanced training capabilities that will improve the readiness of their armed forces.


The terms of the deal were not disclosed. KippsDeSanto & Co. represented Blue Air in the transaction.

About ɫƵ

With nearly 100,000 accident-free flight hours, ɫƵ Holdings Inc. and its subsidiaries provide advanced Adversary Air (ADAIR) and Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) technology and training to the world’s leading air forces. It has the largest fleet of commercially operated fighter aircraft in active service and is the only owner-operator of the F-16 AAF. ɫƵ’ mission-critical training enhances the operational readiness of combat forces by providing real-world experience, while creating significant cost efficiencies and extending the lifecycle of military fleets.

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About Blue Air Training

Blue Air Training (Blue Air) is one of the preeminent providers of CAS training for U.S. and foreign military Joint Terminal Attack Controllers. Blue Air offers a comprehensive, end-to-end suite of training services for JTAC, satisfying its CAS training requirements and ensuring combat readiness. Blue Air’s experienced military CAS instructor pilots provide customized training services designed in collaboration with each customer, including mission planning, logistics support, simulation, platform instruction, live / dry weapons control, day / night control, laser control, multiple asset replication, and mission debrief, among others. As the pioneer of the CAS training market for JTACs, Blue Air has established an exceptional reputation and enduring relationships with customers such as the U.S. Air Force, the Air National Guard, and Special Operations Terminal Attack Controllers through its high-quality training services. The Company’s fleet of turboprop and jet aircraft and team of highly experienced fighter pilots, special operators, and operations personnel drive realistic and cost-efficient exercises, cultivating in Blue Air’s status as the sought-after industry partner.

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Media Contacts

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

Amy Scerra
Marketing Director, Blue Air Training
1.888.BLUE.447 ext. 4