a. Going through LEA: When you go through LEA all of your ground instruction and flight time is all done here at the airport. All of your training is one on one with an instructor and you will get your private, instrument, commercial, certified flight instructor (CFI), and certified flight instrument instructor (CFII) ratings.
b. Going through COCC: You get your private, instrument, commercial, certified flight instructor (CFI), and certified flight instrument instructor (CFII) ratings along with turbine transition, mountain training or long line training, and night vision goggle training on the helicopter side and mult-engine training on the fixed wing side. You also get an associate’s degree in applied science in either helicopter or fixed wing or both depending on how the training goes. All the ground school is done at the college and we may do additional ground school here at LEA to make up the difference in what you are learning at the college and what you need to know to get ready for your check ride.
No you do not need a headset to start flight training. Leading Edge has headsets that you can use at no charge. At some point you will want to get your own.
No you do not need to wear a flight suit for flight training. You will have to wear closed toed shoes and appropriate attire for flying
You may be able to get both helicopter and fixed wing ratings. You will want to work on one airframe first before you can move into another airframe. We don’t recommend a student goes back and for the between airplane and helicopters. We recommend a student get all the ratings in one airframe and then get add on ratings in the next type of airframe.
You get a private, instrument, commercial, certified flight instructor (CFI), certified flight instrument instructor (CFII) along with the possibility of multi-engine training for fixed wing, and turbine, mountain, external load, and high vision goggles training on the helicopter side. When you go through the COCC program you would also get an associate’s degree in applied science for aviation.
There is an element of risk associated with flying. That is why LEA works so hard to ensure training is top notch. We want you to be over-prepared for what you will encounter in your career. We have one of the best safety records in the industry! Leading Edge also has a safety management program (SMS) which we implanted a few years ago that help mitigate risk. Any time anything safety related comes up it gets inputted into our SMS system and that information gets sent out to all the management for them to review which can result into policy changes. Going forward I believe the FAA will require all commercial operators to have implemented an SMS system and as a LEA student you will have experience with that system already.
125 are enrolled in Leading Edge, 85 active helicopter students and 40 active fixed wing students.
We have 31 instructors between fixed wing and helicopter instructors
Our ratio is 1:5
This allows instructors to have a busy schedule to make some money and build their time, but also ensures the students get ample attention.
Yes, we hire our own students as instructors, the reason we do that is because we like to have our students who know our company, how we train, and the area. Our students make the best instructors because our standard of training is so high that we want our new students to have that same standard of training right from the start.
We have hired 15 instructors last year and this year 8 instructors have moved on to commercial work. We like to hire our own students as instructors.
a. Helicopters: Robinson R22, Robinson R44, Bell Jet Ranger, Bell Long Ranger
b. Airplane: Cessna 172 (Single-engine SE), Beechcraft Bonanza (SE complex), and Beechcraft Baron(Multi-engine)
This depends on which route you take:
a. If you go through LEA the program on average is a 14 month program. This all depends on you as a student and how you are progressing. The more consistent you are at flying and studying the will determine how quickly you can go through the program. I would say 12-14 month is a good time frame if you are just going through LEA.
b. If you are going through the COCC program it is a 24 month associate of applied science degree program that includes your flight ratings. If you have some general ed courses completed and you can transfer them over to COCC that may shorten your time in the COCC program. Also if you take summer classes that may also shorten the time frame of the program.
a. Leading Edge does not have any prereqs as part of their program.
b. COCC has a list of requirement for admission such as taking a placement test and sending in transcripts. LEA requires you to provide TSA documentation such as a passport or birth certificate. You will also need to have an FAA medical certificate.