Flight TRAINING FOR AIRPLANE and helicopter PILOTS for nearly 20 years

Leading Edge Aviation is proud to be one of the first flight schools in the country to be approved to offer Veteran flight training benefits in the Pacific Northwest. 


Private Rating included

Private Ratings are included in benefit coverage when studying through the Central Oregon Community College (COCC)** program


Available to all covered Veterans

Leading Edge Aviation will permit any covered individual to attend or participate in the course of education for which the individual provides notification of eligibility. Leading Edge will not impose any penalty due to the delayed disbursement funding from VA under chapters 31 or 33

Flight Training Benefits for VA students

LEFA supports comprehensive additional benefits for veterans, including the Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33), the Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (Chapter 30), and VR&E (when approved by individual counselor). 

Benefits may also be applied to attend Central Oregon Community College (COCC). Visit the COCC VA website for additional information or email VetsEd@cocc.edu.

With Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill®

Veterans have two options:

Via Central Oregon Community College (COCC) Aviation Program:

You could be eligible for 100% of tuition and flight training including your Private rating under this G.I Bill. Please contact the appropriate department head for more information:

Directly via Leading Edge Aviation Program:

You could be eligible for $14, 881.59 per year to pay for flight training. You can use this amount to help pay for these ratings: Instrument, Commercial, Certified Flight Instruction (CFI), Certified Flight instrument Instruction (CFII), Add-On Ratings, Multi Engine Training, NVG, Turbine Transition, and Mountain Training. This route will not pay for any part of your Private rating.

With Chapter 30: Montgomery G.I. Bill-Active Duty

This is an education program for individuals who initially started active duty on or after July 1, 1985 and for military retirees who entered the service before 1/1/77 and were eligible to receive chapter 34 benefits on 12/31/89. You must establish eligibility under one of these four categories:

Category 1: for those who first entered active duty after June 30, 1985, and didn’t decline the MGIB in writing upon entry into active duty.

Category 2: for those with remaining entitlement under the Vietnam Era GI Bill (Chapter 34, title 38, U.S. Code). 

Category 3: for those who were involuntarily separated for certain reasons or those who were separated under the VSI (Voluntary Separation Incentive) or SSB (Special Separation Benefit) program.

Category 4: for former Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) participants who elected to convert to MGIB during the open window periods, and for a small group of National Guard members who were given a brief opportunity to elect MGIB.

With Chapter 1606: Montgomery G.I. Bill- Selected Reserve

This is an education program for active members of the Selected Reserve. Selected Reserve components include the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corp Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard, and Air National Guard. You can be eligible for chapter 1606 benefits if you meet the following requirements:

  • Incur a six-year Selected Reserve Obligation. You must enter into a six year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve. If you’re an officer, you must agree to serve six years in addition to your current obligation.
  • Complete your IADT (Initial Active Duty for Training).
  • Maintain Selected Reserve Status. Serve in a drilling Selected Reserve unit and remain in good standing.
  • Complete High School. You must obtain a high school diploma or equivalency certificate before you apply for benefits.

**COCC has an aviation degree program separately approved by the Department of Veteran Affairs that is not affiliated with Leading Edge Flight Academy.


Flight TRAINING FOR AIRPLANE and helicopter PILOTS for nearly 20 years