December 29, 2023

Leading Edge Aviation Announces Strategic Partnership with Buckinghamshire New University in Pilot Training Excellence

Leading Edge Aviation, leading aviation training organisation, is delighted to announce a strategic partnership with Buckinghamshire New University (BNU) as part of the University’s Approved Training Organisation (ATO) Preferred Partner programme. This significant collaboration marks a continued development in pilot training and education, blending Leading Edge Aviation’s cutting-edge training methods with BNU’s academic framework. The partnership brings together Leading Edge Aviation’s state-of-the-art fleet, including modern glass-cockpit Diamond aircraft like the DA40 and DA42, and innovative virtual reality technology. This fusion of technology and training is aimed at providing students with an immersive and comprehensive learning experience, preparing them for the demands of the aviation industry. Andy McFarlane, CEO of Leading Edge Aviation, commented on the partnership, “We are excited to embark on this journey with Buckinghamshire New University. Our shared commitment to excellence in aviation training is at the heart of this partnership. We are proud to contribute our advanced training resources, including our unique ‘whole pilot’ approach aimed at creating future Captains, to BNU’s pilot degree students. This collaboration is not just about imparting skills; it’s about shaping the next generation of industry-ready aviation professionals.” The Preferred Partner programme is a testament to the dedication of both institutions in providing high-calibre pilot training. Through this partnership, Leading Edge Aviation and BNU will work closely to enhance the student learning experience, offering on-site tutor support during flight training phases and engaging in joint marketing activities. Regular reviews of the student’s journey through the degree and flight training programme are designed to ensure positive outcomes and a seamless integration of academic and practical training. Leading Edge Aviation’s growing reputation among leading airlines and its recruitment partnerships with British Airways and Titan Airways further strengthens the value of this collaboration for students. Graduates of the programme can look forward to enhanced employability and career opportunities in the commercial aviation sector.


For more information on Leading Edge Aviation and its training programmes, visit Additional details on the BSc Aviation Management with Commercial Pilot Training in Aeroplanes programme at BNU can be found at


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Leading Edge Aviation is a rapidly expanding pilot training academy with a fresh approach and an emphasis on holistic training. Offering the highest standards of regulatory technical training, students also benefit from a comprehensive professional and personal development curriculum to enhance non-technical skills.

Leading Edge delivers modular (including Ground School, MECPL, CBIR, MEIR, uMAP (university Modular Airline Preparation), A-UPRT (Advanced Upset Prevention Recovery Training), APC MCC (Airline Pilot Standards Multi Crew Co-operation), LEAP (Leading Edge Airline Preparation) course; a full-time integrated course with BSc degree and a comprehensive graduate airline selection preparation workshop.

Based at London Oxford Airport, Leading Edge students receive wellbeing support, along with the most advanced learning aids. Virtual and mixed reality tech, and neuro training techniques are used to embed and refine new knowledge and skills, creating pilots who enter the industry airline ready, with strong leadership skills.

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