M1 Visa Flight Training for International Students

Education, support, and resources to launch your career

Flight TRAINING FOR AIRPLANE and helicopter PILOTS for nearly 20 years

Leading EDGE ADVANTAGE AND M1 Visa Flight Training

Leading Edge Flight Academy specializes in M1 Visa flight training for international helicopter pilot and airplane pilot students, and launching aviation careers. Located in Bend, Oregon with 300+ days of sunshine for consistent, four-season flying, Leading Edge’s start-to-finish support and above industry standard training prepares you to meet your aviation goals.  Our management team of pilots – with over 37,000 cumulative hours and 100+ years in the industry – knows what it takes to prepare you for a career in aviation.

 Quick Facts about Leading Edge:

  • 15+ year history, privately owned, financially strong
  • Over 200 students and 40 instructors airplane + helicopter
  • Fully integrated operations – Maintenance, Line Service, PSI Testing Center, Frasca C172 and R44 Simulators
  • Real-world aviation operations with Part 135 helicopter aerial firefighting, utility work, charters and tours
  • Two-year Aviation Degree Program at COCC with Financial Aid available

 Is now a good time to start flight training?

Yes!  According to 2020 Boeing Pilot Outlook published October 2020, “Aspiring aviators who begin their training today will be well positioned to take advantage of new job opportunities as the industry recovers.”  The world has changed a lot recently.  However, the freedom of flight will never change.  If your dream is to fly, make the pilot’s seat your new normal and see where aviation can take you!

We’ve trained students from all over the world for successful careers as both helicopter and airplane pilots. LEFA provides a wide-range of support and resources to ensure the success of our students from across the globe.

M1 Visa Flight Training

Leading Edge Flight Academy is proud to provide helicopter and airplane flight training for students utilizing the M1 visa. As an approved M1 visa school, we provide international students the opportunity to train in a world-class environment while gaining valuable experience in mountain operations and taking advantage of 300 days of sunshine per year.


Moving to a new country can be a challenge. That’s why LEFA provides students with support and guidance for their relocation. LEFA also has limited student housing available

International Student Requirements & Details

Leading Edge Flight Academy welcomes applications from qualified international students. General admission requirements are identical for all applicants, regardless of citizenship. However, immigration regulations, varying educational backgrounds, and financial considerations require additional procedures for international students.

Leading Edge Flight Academy is authorized to enroll and train non-immigrant foreign students through the M1 visa program. Being accepted to LEFA Flight School does not ensure entrance to the United States. Note that obtaining a visa may take a considerable amount of time.

To better understand the U.S. government requirements regarding the M1 visa, review the information posted by your nearest consulate or embassy at http://usembassy.state.gov.

Additional Visa Resources

Visit www.usavisa.com, an official source of information about U.S. visa policy and procedures, to learn about the visa application process, understand current requirements, and get updates on recent developments.