Avion Gold Corporation
TSX VENTURE : AVR

Avion Gold Corporation

February 19, 2009 11:14 ET

Tabakoto Mill Restarted

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 19, 2009) -

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Avion Resources Corp. (TSX VENTURE:AVR) ("Avion" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that both the mill and crusher at the Company's Tabakoto project in Mali, West Africa, were restarted on February 17, 2009. The first material to be processed through the mill will be the run of mine stockpile, followed by the processing of ore from the Company's Segala project.

In addition, Avion is pleased to announce that the Company is on schedule to meet its targeted 2009 production of 66,000 ounces of gold. Other highlights include:

- key contracts in place

- key staff hired

- planned plant refurbishments completed

- Segala Pit pre-development underway

- Haul road to Segala near completion

- Development of a plan for production of 66,000 ounces gold in 2009, with 1,100 ounces planned in February, and up to 4,200 ounces planned in March

In making this announcement, John Begeman, President and CEO of Avion, stated, "The successful restart of the crusher and mill is a testament to the abilities and commitment of Avion's technical team. We look forward to delivering on the previously announced mine plan and steady state production from the newly developed Segala Pit."

As previously announced on February 9, 2009, Avion has also recently signed a letter of agreement to acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Dynamite Resources (TSX VENTURE:DNR) in exchange for common shares of Avion. Upon completion of the transaction, the combined company will have approximately CAD $13 million in cash and cash equivalents, as well as full ownership of the Segala and Tabakoto projects, subject to the Government of Mali's 20% interest. The transaction will also allow Avion to take advantage of the substantial exploration opportunities on its property and possible expansion of production capability.

Andrew Bradfield, P.Eng., the Chief Operating Officer of the Company and a qualified person under National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed the scientific and technical information in this press release. Avion has not completed a feasibility study on the Mali gold projects and there is no certainty the proposed operations will be economically viable. Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability.

About Avion Resources Corp.

Avion is a Canadian-based gold company focused in West Africa. The Company holds 80% of the Tabakoto and Segala gold projects in Mali (assuming completion of the Dynamite acquisition). Gold production at these projects has commenced, with approximately 66,000 ounces of production forecast for 2009 rising to almost 100,000 ounces by 2011. Avion has a highly skilled management team, with a focus on growth and consolidation within West Africa.

Cautionary Notes

This press release contains "forward looking information" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward looking information includes, but is not limited to, statements with respect to the future financial or operating performance of the Company, the prospective mineralization of the properties, planned exploration programs, anticipated production schedule and terms, the completion of the Dynamite acquisition and the effect of contracts and appointments on the Company. Generally, forward looking information can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate", or "believes", or variations of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will be taken", "occur" or "be achieved". Forward-looking information is subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information, including but not limited to: general business, economic, competitive, geopolitical and social uncertainties; the actual results of current exploration activities; acquisition risks; and other risks of the mining industry. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward looking information. The Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking information, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.

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