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Leading Edge is the perfect place to earn your wings.  West Virginia has some of the most beautiful scenery in the country.  We think so at least.  One of the major benefits in training in West Virginia is our climate.  We experience 4 distinct seasons which allow our students to really gain an advantage over other training schools.  From 100 degree heat, to a few feet of snow and everything in between, our climate is fantastic for expanding your skills. 

Want to start studying?  Download our FREE Helicopter Flying handbook viewable on your computer, phone or tablet device.

If that's not enough for you (Jeremy) Here's an older version with some good information in it.  Click here

Introductory Flight
Leading Edge is pleased to offer an INTRODUCTORY FLIGHT for our rotary wing flight school.  Our goal is to give you an opportunity to see if this is something that you truly want to do.  Not only will we take you up, but you'll be behind the controls.  (No need to worry, our expert flight instructors have a set of controls to make certain everything goes smoothly.)  We offer this flight at just $150.00.  You can also purchase gift certificates to give to someone else.  If you are interested in taking advantage of this amazing opportunity, give us a call or send us an e-mail via the contact page.

What does a first flight look like?  It's different for each person.  Some people have better coordination than others, some pick things up quicker . . . the truth is, everyone is different.  Check out the video below for an example of a first flight.  



Private Pilot Certificate
The Private Pilot Certificate is the first certificate, the foundation of a pilot's training and all the other certificates that follow will have their own requirements and uses. The student must demonstrate through written, oral and flight examination that they have acquired the aeronautical skills and experiences necessary to meet the requirements of the Private Pilot Certificate. The student will be subject to continual assessment throughout the course of training. Completion time of the private pilot certificate depends on the frequency of training. Students training 5 days per week can complete the private program in 10-12 weeks. Students who train less frequently will expect to take more time to achieve their certificate. This certificate allows you to fly any helicopter up to 12,500 pounds. Upon completion of this course the student is allowed to rent and carry passengers for pleasure and then move onto the next phase of our pilot program if they seek advanced certification.

Instrument Rating
While this rating is not required initially, later in your career if you choose to fly charter, offshore or Medevac you will need it in order to navigate and control the helicopter in clouds or dense fog. Additionally, instrument equipped ships are becoming more and more commonplace and corporations are placing additional emphasis on this particular rating when judging prospective candidates for employment. The hours accumulated can be counted towards the Commercial prerequisites. Forty hours Instrument training is obligatory, we recommend at least 30 hours in an instrument trainer, and the remainder can be in a simulator or an airplane.

Commercial Pilot Rating
As a Commercial Pilot you can fly for hire. This is the license you will need if your goal is to make a career flying helicopters. The FAA requires a minimum of 150 hours (you will already have at least 40 from your Private flight training). Approximately 20 of these hours will be with an Instructor. The rest can be done on your own or with passengers with whom you can share costs. Time built during an Instrument Rating, Turbine and Robinson R44 Transitions can be incorporated in the total required times as well.

Certified Flight Instructor / Certified Flight Instructor, Instruments
These ratings are added to a Commercial License. The FAA does not require a minimum number of hours for the Instructor Rating; however we find most CFI candidates require at least 10 hours of dual instruction after achieving their Commercial License. Our program is based on completing both Certified Flight Instructor Ratings in the Schweizer 300C.