Leading Edge Aviation (LEAL) is proud to announce the addition of its new Southern European Campus in Murcia, southern Spain to its already impressive training portfolio.

The expanded operation at Alhama in Murcia will allow LEAL, the fastest growing commercial pilot training academy in Europe, to maximise flying, lifestyle and leisure opportunities offered to its increasing number of staff and students. 

Chief Executive Officer Leading Edge Aviation, Andy McFarlane commented, “We are absolutely thrilled to be making this announcement today. Our expansion into Europe has been a long time in the making. Finding exactly the right location for our staff and students, both in terms of flying, accommodation, cultural and leisure opportunities, as well as accessibility has been a huge challenge and we are delighted to have found all that we were looking for and more in our new campus in Murcia”.

The facilities at the Alhama Campus are both comprehensive and of the high standard that LEAL prides itself on. LEAL has exclusive use of the Airport which features a full-length parallel taxiway, a modern operations & planning building with crew facilities and a substantial apron and hangar that will house their growing fleet of Diamond aircraft. An on-site engineering service will support the operation so that students can make the most of the great flying opportunities the area has to offer. The location is ideal for foundation flight training with flat terrain and large open areas for students to develop their flying skills in a perfect environment. 

Students will benefit from first class accommodation just minutes away in executive quality, 2-bedroom air-conditioned self-catering apartments. With 24-hour onsite security and a range of impressive social and leisure facilities they will make many great memories – the leisure facilities include a Jack Nicklaus golf course, more than 20 swimming pools, outdoor and indoor gyms, bars, restaurants, shops and boutiques.

Ground School will be completed at the Oxford Campus and students will then move to Alhama, where the 300+ days of glorious sunshine enables an enhanced opportunity for progression in their foundation flying. Operating a modern fleet of Diamond DA40 and DA42 aircraft, this phase culminates with the Commercial Pilot License (CPL) skills test. Students then return to Oxford where they will experience the more challenging UK flying conditions prior to undertaking their Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (MEIR), Advanced Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (A-UPRT), Airline Pilot Standards Multi-Crew Co-operation (APS-MCC) and Graduate Services training to prepare them for their future airline careers. LEAL will continue to be one of the few training providers to offer dual UK CAA and EASA licences.

LEAL are working in close collaboration with the accommodation management team and the regional government of Murcia, who are all looking forward to welcoming academy staff and students into the Alhama community.

Bienvenidos a España

For more Information on training with Leading Edge Aviation please visit leadingedgeaviation.com or call 01865 546 300. Media enquiries should be directed to Sarah Champneys, Head of Marketing at sarah.champneys@leadingedgeaviation.com



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Sarah Champneys, Head of Marketing, Leading Edge Aviation.  

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More about Leading Edge Aviation   


Leading Edge Aviation is an inspirational and innovative 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), APS-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. 

Leading Edge aviation students can achieve a UK CAA or dual UK CAA & EASA licences.


Based at London Oxford Airport & Alhama, Murcia, 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.