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Your perfect career – built in the perfect place
Situated at 3460 feet, LEA – located in Bend, Oregon – offers ideal conditions for learning to fly and launching your piloting career. Get firsthand experience with mountain operations and the challenges of navigating four weather seasons – and, you’ll have easy access to multiple airspace options during cross country flights. Bend, Oregon also ranks in the top 10 places to live in the US. It’s an outdoor mecca, home to world-famous mountain biking, snowboarding & skiing, rock-climbing, and more.
Meet the Instructors
Experienced pilot instructors teach you everything you need to know
our helicopter fleet
Modern, meticulously maintained aircraft are at the core of the LEA program
Advance your ratings
Already a pilot? Advance your ratings and grow your skills with comprehensive add-ons
Assistance to launch and advance your career
Learn more about LEA’s industry partnerships and tools to help you kick-start your career
International Student Flight Training
At Leading Edge, we’ve trained students from all over the world for successful careers as both helicopter and airplane pilots. LEA supports international students with an M-1 visa program as well as student housing and other logistical support
Earn your Pilot’s Certificates with a degree at COCC
Central Oregon Community College (COCC) in Bend offers a unique aviation program to help aspiring pilots. Learn how you can earn your Aviation Science degree in two years while completing much of your flight training onsite at Leading Edge