Leading Edge Aviation - Flight training that is about more than training- it's Career Preparation!
First, we train at The Right Altitude. The Bend Airport (KBND) is a perfect place to learn to fly! Located at 3400 feet our altitude is ideal for flying in and out of the mountains. At higher altitudes, training can be limited for safety reasons and at sea level, high altitude experience is not available, making Bend the best of both!
Second, The Right Location, 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 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. In addition to being an excellent place to train, Bend is a great place to live! Mountains, valleys, canyons, rivers and the high desert offer a playground for biking, hiking, skiing and kayaking. Couple the outdoor adventure with great restaurants and access to 17 micro-breweries, you may end up desiring to call Bend home.
Next, The Right Team to prepare you for a career. Most flight schools are managed and even owned by relatively new pilots. Leading Edge's management team has over 35,000 hours of flight experience and over 100 years in the industry, cumulative. We know what it takes to help you become a desirable, hirable pilot in the industry because we have worked in the industry. 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.
Access to The Right Curriculum is a key component to your ability to thrive as a pilot. We have a comprehensive curriculum chalked full of Scenario Based Training. In addition to the conventional training path of single engine training, Leading Edge also offers a Multi Engine program which will help you gain flight time in the right aircraft to end up in the Captain's seat more quickly. We work at making sure you are able to accomplish your goals as efficiently as possible.
Because of our experience in the industry, our graduates have access to career development opportunities including, resume writing assistance, placement assistance and OJT help keep Leading Edge's employment rate one of the highest in the country. We work with you to direct your training in such a way as to give you a competitive advantage over other applicants when applying for a job. Each of our instructors will give you the highest quality of training and provide the most efficient use of your dollars. The critical first step is deciding what exactly you want to do with your aviation career. This helps us determine the training path that best meets your needs and career goals. For us, teaching people to fly is about making their dreams reality.
In order to ensure the quality of our training program and success of our graduates, spots are limited.
Leading Edge works in conjunction with Central Oregon Community College which may provide Veterans 100% coverage of costs and offers Financial Aid options to non-VA students (for those who qualify).
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