Leading Edge Flight Academy
Bend, Oregon

-Preparation for your Career, from Day One

With some of the most diverse terrain for training at your fingertips and instructors with your best interest in mind, our flight training program goes well beyond industry standards so your future in aviation can be limitless in the Pacific Northwest.


Located at 3,400 feet the Bend Airport (BDN) altitude is ideal for mountain flying.


Bend, Oregon offers over 300 days of sunshine a year, yet we see it all! Four seasons bring rain, sleet, snow, wind and a whole lot of sunshine to best prepare you for all the elements you will see in your career. Bend also offers students ease of flight training due to the close proximity of instrument approaches, controlled airspace and much more. Bend is a short hop from Portland, Seattle and San Francisco for long cross-country experience and busy airspace.

-The Team

Leading Edge’s management team has over 35,000 hours of flight experience and over 100 years in the industry, cumulative. Our experience has allowed us to build scenarios into the training program at each level to prepare you for the challenges you will face in the industry.


The curriculum is a key component to your ability to thrive as a pilot. We have a comprehensive curriculum chalked full of Scenario-Based Training.


  • Private Pilot (Airplane or Helicopter)
  • Instrument (Airplane or Helicopter
  • Commercial (Airplane or Helicopter)
  • CFI (Airplane or Helicopter)
  • CFII (Airplane or Helicopter)
  • MEI (Airplane)
  • Long Lining (Helicopter)
  • NVG Training (Helicopter)


Career Development Opportunities, including resume writing assistance, placement assistance, and OJT are available to our graduates. Leading Edge’s employment rate is one of the highest in the country. We work with you to direct your flight training in such a way as to give you a competitive advantage over other applicants when applying for a job.

-Course Offerings

LEFA offers three distinct options based on your career goals

-COCC Degree program

Leading Edge Flight Academy works in conjunction with Central Oregon Community College which allows you to use Veteran Education Benefits and have easy access to financial aid, scholarships and student loans while earning your Associate Degree in Aviation Science.

Central Oregon Community College

-First Flight to First Officer

By maximizing your Multi-Engine/Turbine time, graduates are better prepared to move into medium and large commercial operations.


This training program allows students to use a mix varies aircraft to prepare them for light commercial work such as Flight Instruction, Agriculture, Banner Towing, Fire Fighting, Long Lining etc.

-Personal Pleasure

Training in our aircraft or yours, the personal route trains students for the type of flying they wish to do privately.

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