Relax and enjoy breathtaking views of the Cascades while planning your next flight.
Our facility in Bend offers a complete range of best in-class services, providing a one-stop-shop for everything from maintenance and storage, to car and hotel bookings. Our reputation for excellence means that you can trust that your aircraft is in the best hands. Whether we are upgrading an avionics system to the newest technology or fully overhauling your aircraft, we exceed industry standards of safety and customer service.
NELSON CARRICK, General Manager
Nelson’s lifelong experience in aviation has afforded him a unique perspective and ability as a leader, assuring that Leading Edge Jet Center clients are working with the best in the industry and being met with the highest level of customer service.
Beginning at a young age, Nelson worked at McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, California, servicing aircraft and soaking up as much knowledge as possible. His passion for aircraft led him to a life of entrepreneurship with the founding of Shimoda Aircraft, a detailing and painting service, and then on to become a consultant and project manager at the Palomar Airport Center FBO. Nelson was instrumental in the creation of Premier Jet (later acquired by Atlantic Aviation) and served as the Director of Operations for several years before relocating to Central Oregon.
MICHAEL ANDREASSEN, Director of Maintenance
Michael Andreassen is the Director of Maintenance for Skyservice US in Bend and Redmond, Oregon. Michael’s aviation career began as a youngster, when he worked alongside his father who owned a general aviation business in Fairbanks, Alaska. Today, he brings more than 25 years of experience, knowledge and expertise in aviation maintenance to customers. Known for his reliability, integrity and focus on teamwork, Michael leads all scheduled aircraft maintenance, oversees repairs and completes inspections on a wide range aircraft. Michael has Cirrus, Cessna Citation and Kodiak factory training credentials and holds an airframe and powerplant license.
Prior to joining Skyservice US (formerly Leading Edge Jet Center), Michael worked for the Department of Defense as an aviation maintenance expert for 13 years. In this role, he traveled the world to ensure aircraft were properly maintained and airworthy in order to transport high ranking officers. A highlight of his early career involved working on the Douglas DC-6 and the Curtiss C-46 Commando, two aircraft built for military transport during World War II.
CHRIS GONZALES, Avionics Manager
Christopher has been involved in the Avionics field for over 40 years and has been involved in every aspect of the field from the planning, execution, and completion of projects.
Chris served in the United States Air Force for 10 years, working on aircraft such as the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II, Lockheed SR-71, U-2, TR-1 Northrop T-38, and the Boeing KC-135. After his service, Chris was hired by American Eagle Airlines in San Luis Obispo, CA, entering the civilian Avionics field and earning various awards and letters for his outstanding performance. After his time at American, Chris relocated to Michigan where he began working for Chrysler Pentastar Aviation in Waterford. While at Chrysler, he was trained on business jets which included Gulfstreams, Hawkers and Citations. Chris was directly involved in the first Gulfstream IV Honeywell Heads up display installation. He also assisted with engineering in the installation of the first Gulfstream IV Satellite Television installation.
His experience from piston aircraft such as Cessna, Piper, and Beech to turbine aircraft such as King Air, Premier Jet, Gulfstream, Hawkers, and Cessna business jets and rotorcraft has given him the unique perspective on the Avionics systems for the various aircraft flying today. Chris strives to deliver to his customers the best customer service.
When you choose Leading Edge Jet Center, you and your aircraft are in good hands. Our line service team goes through extensive training to ensure our customers with consistent and professional fuel service, time and time again.
Volume Discounts Available!
JETA (Full/Self Serve)
Executive Conference Room
Flight Planning Room
Shell Aviation Certified Fuel Services
Full De-icing (Type 1, Type 4, and TKS Applications)
Storage and Tie Downs
PSI Testing Center
On Site Notary
100LL (Full/Self Serve)
Tug Power Hook Up
Bottle Water, Ice and Coffee
Discounts on Local Hotels
Many of today’s business aircraft have been in service for nearly two decades. With a range of exciting advancements in technology and safety equipment to choose from, Leading Edge Jet Center is proud to provide top-of-the-line upgrades, including:
- Air data and fuel flows
- Airborne telephone and communication radios
- Audio panels and intercoms
- Autopilots and GPS
- Cabin noise reduction
- Entertainment systems
- Traffic collision avoidance systems
- Weather avoidance, data, mapping systems and radar
To function properly, it is critical that equipment be installed correctly, and tailored to work with your specific aircraft. Our installation team has the aircraft knowledge and experience required to design and install contemporary systems, from simple passenger conveniences to comprehensive system installations.
All of our installations are delivered with the required FAA documentation, flight manual supplements (as required), weight and balance, equipment list and logbook entries.
Leading Edge Jet Center is a certified installer/dealer for:
- Becker Avionics
- Century Flight
- Honeywell – Bendix/King
- Vertex Standard
- JP Instruments
- L3 Avionics
- Ryan International
We pride ourselves on having an incredible safety record, something which we attribute to a company-wide safety culture that is both proactive and preventative. We achieve this by encouraging all students, employees, and customers to record any incidents (or potential mishaps) in our Safety Management System. This information is taken seriously as a way for us to avert any dangerous incidents. Our impeccable commitment and track record of safety has earned us the National Air Transportation Association’s Safety First Clean rating for 2020, ranking our facilities among North America’s leading FBOs.
Please click the button below to submit your report, or contact us with any safety concerns.
Committed to Sustainability
As airlines and airports, organizations and individual travelers seek to reduce aviation’s environmental impact, Leading Edge Jet Center is contributing to the solution by including sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at its locations. LEJC is proud to be one of the first facilities in North America to offer SAF at its Seattle location. The production and distribution of jet biodiesel is growing, presenting paths forward to reduce our collective carbon footprint. Offering SAF is our commitment to helping customers reduce GHG emissions and helping to increase the supply of sustainable fueling to the broader aviation industry.
- More than 250,000 flights have been performed using SAF (*IATA, 2020)
- Lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions from SAF can be at least 80% lower than traditional jet fuel (*IATA, 2020)
- 2% (~7 billion liters) of the total aviation fuel supply could be SAF by 2025 (*Air Transport Action Group, 2020)
- SAF uses sustainable fuel sources that do not compete with food or water, or damage biodiversity (*IATA, 2020)
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Bend, OR 97701
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