Flight TRAINING FOR AIRPLANE and helicopter PILOTS for nearly 20 years

Whether you’re new to aviation or your pilot career is well-established, Leading Edge provides career development support and services to help you reach your aviation goals.

Our structured training is designed to give you a competitive advantage when launching or advancing your pilot career.




Skywest Pathway Program


Leading Edge is proud to be a school partner for the Skywest Pathway Program. The Pilot Pathway Program allows students to remain at their campus to complete their flight training until they are able to meet SkyWest’s Airline Transport Pilot standards.

Upon entering the pathway program you are given a Skywest seniority number, flown to their main base for a tour and background on company information, provided with a pilot mentor, and guaranteed an interview for a first officer position when you meet their minimum flight requirements. Skywest has pathways with Alaska Airlines, Southwest, United, Delta and American. It is a great regional to set yourself up for success!




Horizon Air Pilot Development Program

A unique program from Horizon Air, the Horizon Pilot Development Program, creates an industry opportunity for those who have completed private pilot training in the Central Oregon Community College (COCC) Aviation Degree Program. Those accepted into the program complete training and build experience as a COCC flight instructor, leading to a position as a first officer with Horizon Air. The program offers a two-year contract with Horizon and a $12,500 training stipend.



Helicopter Industry Job Opportunities

LEFA Instructors are recognized across the helicopter industry for being both skilled aviators and great employees.  Our Leadership Team works with you and our industry partners to provide job placement opportunities well-matched to your interests and ability.




Alaska Seaplanes

Leading Edge students also have a pilot pathway with Alaska Seaplanes. After a vetting process during training, students are fast-tracked in their career path, launching them towards an exciting opportunity with Alaska Seaplanes.

Leading Edge Flight Academy offers a highly regarded training curriculum, outstanding safety practices, and produces graduates with excellent reputations, known for their skills and integrity.


Alaska Seaplanes

Alaska Seaplanes is the premier commuter airline of Southeast Alaska. Operating from a hub in Juneau, Alaska Seaplanes serves the markets of Skagway, Haines, Gustavus, Hoonah, Kake, Klawock, Sitka, Angoon, Tenakee Springs, Pelican, Elfin Cove and Excursion Inlet on a year-round basis. Alaska Seaplanes also serves Whitehorse, Yukon on a seasonal basis. Custom charters are available throughout Southeast Alaska, Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest.

Operating Eight Wheel Planes: Cessna 208 Grand Caravans, Pilatus PC-12, and six float planes: DeHavilland Beaver, Cessna 206 and Cessna 208A Caravan, pilots receive a variety of experience within the company.


Our professional pilot programs are structured to give you a competitive advantage when it comes to take the next step in your aviation career, from resume and interview assistance to connecting you with our growing list of industry partners.