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.
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