14-Feb-2012 Source: Leading Edge Aviation
With STC in hand, Leading Edge Aviation is the first flight school in the US to offer instruction in a Garmin G500H equipped R44 helicopter. The glass cockpit installation offers higher level of safety, reliability and is a powerful tool in preparing students for success in the industry.
Leading Edge now offers instruction using traditional steam gauges as well as state of the art glass cockpit. â€œThe response to the G500H has exceeded our expectations and students are lining up to transition into the new R44,â€ says Sean Graves, Director of Flight School Operations at Leading Edge. â€œAs many commercial operators are updating their cockpits to glass, exposure to the equipment in the flight training environment is paramount in preparing a student pilot for the real world.â€
As an additional bonus, the G500H eliminates the need for repetitive overhauls of the traditional spinning gyro instruments which take a beating in the flight training environment.
The capabilities of the G500H are far reaching, but the stand out feature is the Synthetic Vision Technology (HSVTâ„¢) displaying real-time 3D images from topographic databases which includes over 7,000 heliports and nearly 30,000 additional low-altitude obstacles.
About Leading Edge
Leading Edge Aviation (LEA) has been a part of the Bend community since 1989 and has 5 major business segments including helicopter charter, flight training, avionics, maintenance and Robinson Helicopter overhaul. LEA is a FAA Part 135 Air Carrier operating Robinson R22, R44, and Bell 206 helicopters. LEA is a certified Robinson Helicopter sales, service, maintenance and overhaul facility and authorized distributors for most major avionics manufacturers.