May 13, 2024

Leading Edge Aviation celebrates the graduation of the Class of 2024

Group photo of all guests with backdrop of Concorde, Aerospace Bristol.

Leading Edge Aviation proudly hosted its 2024 graduation ceremony on 9th May, under the iconic Concorde at Aerospace Bristol. This year’s ceremony celebrated the accomplishments of 79 graduates, attended by more than 200 family members, friends, and representatives from the aviation industry and major airlines, including British Airways EuroFlyer, British Airways, Loganair, Titan Airways and Wizz Air.

Capt. John Meares, Director of Flight Operations at BA EuroFlyer, and the guest of honour at the event, remarked, “This is the third time I’ve had the pleasure of attending this fantastic event. It’s wonderful to celebrate what these talented graduates have achieved. We didn’t have events like this in my time, and it’s great for students and their families to be able to celebrate their success in this way. It was also fantastic to see so many Leading Edge graduates who have secured roles with BA EuroFlyer. We look forward to welcoming them to the team.”

Andy McFarlane, CEO of Leading Edge Aviation, expressed his pride in the graduates:

“Today marks a significant milestone for our students, culminating years of hard work and dedication. We are immensely proud of what they have achieved and are excited to see them soar in their careers. Their resilience and commitment reflect our mission to provide top-tier aviation training.”

The ceremony featured the presentation of several prestigious awards to students who have demonstrated exceptional skills, leadership, and commitment to their training:

  • Best in Ground School: Nathan Brabham-Neil, recognised for his adaptability, professionalism, and impressive academic achievements.
  • Best in Flight School: Joshua Edwards, noted for his organised, prepared approach and deep understanding of aircraft systems.
  • Graduate of the Year: Nathan Stewart-Walker, who also delivered this year’s student address, celebrated for his exceptional results and professionalism.
  • Exceptional Contribution to Academy Life and Recipient of the Sword of Honour: Moira McQuaid, acknowledged for her inspiring approach and readiness to take on challenges.

Leading Edge Aviation continues to lead in aviation training, incorporating cutting-edge technology and personalised learning experiences to prepare students for success in the rapidly evolving aviation industry. Our graduates’ journey and achievements stand as a testament to our commitment and serve as an inspiration for future students.


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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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