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We pride ourselves on having an incredible safety record, something which we attribute to a company-wide safety culture that is both proactive and preventative. We achieve this by encouraging all students and employees to record any incidents (or potential mishaps) in our Safety Management System. This information is taken seriously as a way for us to avert any dangerous incidents. Click the arrow to submit your report and use password “LEA”!

Leading Edge Aviation of Bend, Oregon achieves International Safety Registration

Bend, Oregon, May 19, 2016 –Leading Edge Aviation is happy to announce its continued efforts towards safety and security with its milestone achievement of the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) registration. A significant accomplishment, IS-BAO registration marks a concerted effort towards implementing and maintaining the highest standards of safety procedures and processes, including the operation of a highly effective and efficient Safety Management System (SMS).

After meeting a series of rigorous requirements in organization, operations, maintenance, training and security, an independent audit found that Leading Edge Aviation (LEA) had “invested considerable time and personal effort to develop and implement this world-class business aviation code of practice,” according to Kurt Edwards, Director General of the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC).

“I’m extremely proud of the initiative that Leading Edge has taken to be proactive on the development of our Safety Management System,” says Ryan Cartmill, LEA’s Director of Safety. “To have earned this accreditation, with not only our 135 commercial operations but also our 141 flight school operations, speaks volumes about the importance of safety to this company.”

IS-BAO criteria, although voluntary, is considered to be a paramount safety benchmark for the United States’ aviation industry, providing a rich standard of safety – both preventative and proactive – measured by three levels of qualification. Upon completion of their initial registration, LEA has reached Level 1 and plans to continue to pursue further levels of qualification which will serve to consistently enhance the company’s safety culture.

“The safety of our students and employees has always been our highest priority,” says Keith Watson, CEO of Leading Edge Aviation. “Pursuing IS-BAO registration puts us another step ahead when it comes to protecting our community.”

Leading Edge Aviation encompasses 6 major business segments including helicopter charter, flight training, avionics, maintenance, Robinson Helicopter overhaul and FBO/Fuel services. LEA is an FAA Part 135 Air Carrier, operating Robinson R22, R44, and Bell 206 helicopters, also holding part 133, 137, 145 and 141 certifications.


Student Success

Jordan Kunhmuench

Fire & Short Haul Helicopter Pilot for JR Helicopters

“Currently, I work for JR Helicopters as an OAS carded Fire and Short Haul Helicopter Pilot, flying AS-350b3 Astars. I fight fires and do search and rescue for Sequoia National Park in California and in the winter months I am on-call for Part 135 commercial work.

I couldn’t have asked for better training than I received at Leading Edge Aviation and COCC. They prepared me above and beyond with both my flight training and knowledge base for my career in aviation. On top of that I got to do it all in amazing Central Oregon!”