Helicopter Add-ons & Advanced Courses

WE ARE OPEN, Accepting students, and ready to safely fly with you!

Whether it’s your first day at the controls or you’re a seasoned pilot, Leading Edge Aviation (LEA) offers FAA-approved courses and education programs to further your aviation career. LEA also provides add-ons for all ratings, including recurrent instrument and proficiency training.

Specialized Training

Mountain Flying Operations

Learn the unique aspects of mountain flying at the base of the Cascade Mountains, including meteorology, terrain, and pilot skills required to fly and operate safely in mountainous conditions. We offer real-world application of ridge-line, pinnacle, confined area, and high density altitude operations

Night Vision Goggle (NVG) Training

An FAA-approved NVG course that prepares you for the advanced requirements of today’s commercial operators. We provide multiple levels of NVG training, including initial qualification, instructor endorsement, and recurring training

External Load Operations

Gain sought-after external load operations skills. Taught by our experienced utility pilots using our Bell 206 series and Robinson R-44 RII helicopters, you’ll obtain the knowledge and skills required to operate with an external load, including the use of long lines, belly hooks and buckets

Turbine Transition Course

Expand your piloting expertise by gaining the ability to operate turbine aircraft. You’ll train in the 206 B3 and L3 models to learn the specific operating parameters of turbine-powered helicopters. This course focuses on the systems, basic flying maneuvers, and emergency procedures in a turbine helicopter

rotor transition program (rtp)

Interested in pivoting from helicopter piloting to an airline career? Many airlines offer financial assistance and starting bonuses making it even easier to make the transition.

The LEA Rotor Transition Program (RTP) provides you with high quality flight training that sets you up for a successful career as an airline pilot.


  • Submit your application at www.airlineapps.com
  • Complete an interview with the airline of your choice
  • Contact us to begin your training