WE ARE OPEN, Accepting students, and ready to safely fly with you!
Being an airplane pilot is often described as being the perfect career. World travel, great pay, amazing office views, and competitive benefits – combined with huge commercial demand.
There’s no better place to get started, launched, and continue to grow your piloting skills than Leading Edge Aviation (LEA). With over a decade training new and experienced pilots – and a versatile and safe fleet of Cessna and Beechcraft airplanes – we have everything you need to achieve and advance your aviation goals.
Your perfect career – built in the perfect place
Situated at 3,460 feet, LEA – located in Bend, Oregon – offers ideal conditions for learning to fly and launching your piloting career. Get firsthand experience navigating four weather seasons, combined with easy access to multiple airspace options during cross country flights.
Meet the Instructors
Our experienced team of Flight Instructors will help you achieve your aviation goals
Our airplane fleet
LEA’s fleet of meticulously maintained aircraft are ideally suited for flight training
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