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Get to know Leading Edge Aviation

For over a decade Leading Edge Flight Academy has specialized in training helicopter pilots, airplane pilots, 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.

Situated at 3,460 ft

15+ years of operation

In outdoor paradise, Bend, OR

Meet The Team

Brad Fraley

President & CEO

Travis Warthen

Vice President

Arianna Moore


Jack Walker

Executive Vice President

Nicole Orlich

Director of Flight School Operations

Chris Jordan

Chief Helicopter Instructor

James Presler

Chief Fixed-Wing Instructor

Glyeb Ewing

Marketing Director

Jeff Bishop

Facility Management

Kelly Rooker

Dispatch Manager

Courtney Massey

Director of Business Development 

Kate Ayres

Director of Admissions



Rosie Galeano

Testing Proctor/Training Support

Dan Bahlman

Director of Safety

Bryan Rey

Facilities Manager

Noma Wilcken

Office Administrator