Preparation for your Career, from Day One.
With some of the most diverse terrain for airplane training at your fingertips, and instructors with your best interest in mind, our fixed wing flight training program goes well beyond industry standards so your future in aviation can be limitless in the Pacific Northwest. There’s many reasons why Leading Edge Aviation has a reputation of training top-notch pilots:
Located at 3400 feet the Bend Airport (BDN) altitude is ideal for mountain flying.
Bend, Oregon offers over 300 days of sunshine a year, yet we see it all! Four seasons bring rain, sleet, snow, wind and a whole lot of sunshine to best prepare you for all the elements you will see in your career. Bend also offers students ease of airplane training due to the close proximity of instrument approaches, controlled airspace and much more. Bend is a short hop from Portland, Seattle and San Francisco for long cross country experience and busy airspace.
Leading Edge’s management team has over 35,000 hours of flight experience and over 100 years in the industry, cumulative. Our experience has allowed us to build scenarios into the training program at each level to prepare you for the challenges you will face in the industry.
Curriculum is a key component to your ability to thrive as a pilot. We have a comprehensive curriculum chalked full of Scenario Based Training.
Career Development Opportunities, including resume writing assistance, placement assistance and OJT are available to our graduates. Leading Edge’s employment rate is one of the highest in the country. We work with you to direct your airplane training in such a way as to give you a competitive advantage over other applicants when applying for a job.
LEA offers three distinct options based on your career goals:
COCC Degree program
Leading Edge Aviation works in conjunction with Central Oregon Community College which allows you to use military benefits and have easy access to financial aid, scholarships and student loans while earning your Associate Degree in Aviation Science.
First Flight to First Officer
By maximizing your Multi Engine time, graduates are better prepared to move into medium and large commercial operations.
This training program allows students to use a mix of single and multi engine aircraft to prepare them for light commercial work such as Agriculture, Banner Towing, Fire Fighting and Flight Instruction.
Training in our aircraft or yours, the personal route trains students for the type of flying they wish to do privately.