Here comes the sun! Leading Edge partners with Florida’s USATS


Sarah Champneys, left, marketing manager for Leading Edge, and Nigel Orme, managing director of USATS-GAA.


British training organisation Leading Edge Aviation (LEAL) has gone in search of the sun for flight training and hours-building for its cadet pilots – and it’s found it with Florida-based US Aviation Training Solutions (USATS).

The two companies have formed a training alliance which will give LEAL modular students the opportunity to build their flight hours.

LEAL modular students can undertake a number of Fairweather Flying Programmes with USATS. These include 30, 60 and 90 hour programmes that allow them to fly in challenging FAA airspace in year-round warm and sunny weather.

“The USATS Fairweather Flying Programme is a fantastic opportunity for our modular students to grow and learn in their own way, by utilising the year-round sunny Florida weather to expedite their training and by offering the challenge of flying in FAA airspace before returning to the UK,” said Andi Alexander, Chief Commercial Officer at Leading Edge Aviation.

“With USATS’ long history in pilot training we could think of no other partner better suited to be a part of our modular students’ training.”

Nigel Orme, USATS-GAA General Manager, added, “This partnership represents a huge leap forward for USATS, with our Fairweather Flying Programme offering an attractive option for many European modular student looking to build their hours in the fantastic Florida sunshine.”