BEND, OREGON – The best gift you can give this year is a Discovery Flight in a helicopter. Your special family member may dream about flying, but you have absolutely no idea where to start. Even the most experienced pilots can remember their first time in the cockpit, when they made the decision to stop thinking about flying and actually took the controls with a certified pilot instructor.

At Big Mountain Heli Tours, we are here to make your special family members first time in the pilot’s seat the day they will never forget. Our Helicopter Discovery Flights with Leading Edge Aviation are affordably priced so you won’t break the bank.

Flight instructors at Leading Edge Aviation specialize in training professional pilots as well as private aircraft owners through a tailored curriculum that focuses on the student’s personal goals. Operating at the Bend Municipal Airport, Leading Edge Aviation line service and maintenance staff work diligently each day to ensure that aircraft are in top shape. Helicopter students train in Robinson R22, Robinson R44 and Bell 206 series aircraft, while airplane students train in Cessna 172 and Beechcraft Bonanza or Baron aircraft. 

Learn to Fly in Central Oregon

Always expanding their offerings and growing their facilities, Leading Edge Aviation puts the success of students first by focusing on investing in technology – such as a FRASCA Level 5 R44 Flight Simulator– and partnerships with companies focused on career-building, like SkyWest Airlines’ Pilot Pathway Program.

Those interested in pursuing a career in aviation can also consider achieving an Associate Degree in Aviation Science through Central Oregon Community College’s partnership with Leading Edge Aviation as the aircraft provider. The degree program is fully qualified for Veteran benefits and provides all students access to financial aid.

By the way, if you’re a born pilot, the ear-to-ear grin that comes after your first time at the controls is perfectly normal here in Bend. With stunning Cascade mountain views that fill the skies your flight will be one to remember.

Helicopter Discovery Flights make the greatest gift for that special person who is ready to learn how to fly — our online gift certificates are just a click away, join us this year and discover aerial adventures in Bend!