Russ Ward

Chief Airplane Instructor


Prior to Leading Edge, Russ flew for SkyWest Airlines for 12 years where he was a First Officer on the EMB-120 and CRJ, a Captain on the CRJ for 10 years, and a Check Airman and simulator instructor on the CRJ. Russ has an Airline Transport Pilot license, CFI/CFII, MEI and approximately 10,000 hours of flight time. He is High Performance, High Altitude, Complex and Tailwheel certified.

Russ has a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and an MBA from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts.

In his free time Russ volunteers as a member of the Board of Directors for the Humane Society of Central Oregon. He also enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids as well as trail running and training for ultramarathons.