Helicopter Training


Flight TRAINING FOR AIRPLANE and helicopter PILOTS for nearly 20 years

Take the first step toward a life of adventure with an exciting career as a helicopter pilot with helicopter training through Leading Edge Flight Academy.  There’s no better partner to get you started, prepared, and launched than LEFA.

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Helicopter training in the perfect place, Bend Oregon

Situated at 3460 feet, LEFA – located in the outdoor mecca of 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 so much 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 LEFA 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 LEFA’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. LEFA 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