17-Jun-2010 Source: Leading Edge Aviation
Leading Edge Aviation (LEA), a Bend, Oregon based helicopter flight school, and Central Oregon Community College (COCC) announce the approval of their new Advanced Helicopter Training Course by the Oregon Department of Education and Department of Veteran Affairs This new course expands the existing degree program to include Turbine Transition, Night Vision Goggle (NVG), External Load, and Mountain Flying in our fleet of Bell 206B-III Jet Rangers.
Upon completion of their commercial training students will receive 20 hours of instruction in the Jet Ranger with specific training in one of the areas of operation. Students eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill will be able to take this new course as part of the degree program, which is fully funded through the GI Bill. The course includes Turbine Transition Training, ground instruction in all of the areas and targeted flight training in one of the specialized operations. Depending on the students career goals they can either be trained in flying with NVG’s, External Load or Mountain Flying.
“This new course offer students a comprehensive Turbine Transition with a menu based approach to specialized training. This gives our students the most comprehensive turbine training on the market, uniquely positioning them for employment as a commercial pilot.” commented Travis Warthen, Vice President of Leading Edge Aviation. “This makes us one of the few helicopter flight schools in the country able to offer this high level of diverse training to students plus enhances the career path for graduates who are hired as instructors at LEA.”
Leading Edge Aviation operates a flight school in Bend, Oregon under FAA Part 141 and Part 61, and operates a fleet of Robinson R22 and R44 helicopters as well as 4 Bell 206 series helicopters. Training offered by Leading Edge Aviation includes courses for Private, Commercial, Instrument, Certified Flight Instructor, Mountain and Long Line certifications. Upon completion of the program, pilots trained through LEA are qualified for a variety of operations in the worldwide helicopter industry.