Hillsboro Aero Academy
Turn your dream into a career at Hillsboro Aero Academy, formerly Hillsboro Aviation, where we have been training professional pilots since 1980. Flying 69,000+ hours annually, we are one of the largest combined helicopter flight training and airplane flight training schools in the United States.
Located in the picturesque Pacific Northwest, our school has trained thousands of pilots from over 75 countries, and our graduates fly for companies around the world.
The experience of flying in the weather and terrain of the Pacific Northwest is unequaled. Flying in this environment prepares our graduates for their future careers and gives them a competitive advantage in the job market. Organizations and pilots from all over the world choose our school because of the opportunity to encounter real-world flying conditions and the valuable experience this provides them.
Our network of graduates flying for airlines and helicopter operators like Delta, TransAsia, PHI and Columbia Helicopters combined with our strong industry reputation help give you an advantage when applying for your first job. The experience and training Hillsboro Aero Academy, formerly Hillsboro Aviation, is known for gives our graduates a great starting point to help launch their careers.
Why Choose Hillsboro Aero Academy?
- Large, diverse aircraft fleet including over 75 piston and turbine aircraft
- Over three decades of experience training professional pilots
- Degree programs in conjunction with Portland Community College
(PCC) and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU)-Portland
- Approved by US Department of Veterans Affairs for training US military
- Airman’s Proficiency Center, a division of Hillsboro Aviation, is
accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and
- F-1 and M-1 visa programs
- Financing options available to those who qualify
- Pay as you go so students are not required to come up with a large
sum of money in order to start flight training
- No sales tax in Oregon
Whether you are interested in becoming an airplane pilot or a helicopter pilot, you will be thoroughly impressed with the quality of our flight training and our commitment to ensuring you have the best possible experience.
Earn a Degree
Hillsboro Aero Academy, in conjunction with Portland Community College (PCC) and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU)-Portland Campus, is proud to offer our students the option to earn a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree or a four-year Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautics while also completing the necessary flight training.
Students first enroll in PCC’s Aviation Science program and take general studies courses such as math and science as well as aviation specific academic courses such as applied aerodynamics and economics of flight operations. They complete their flight and ground training at one of Hillsboro Aero Academy’s campuses.
The associate degree program takes 21 months to complete, and the student will graduate with an Associate of Applied Science Degree, FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate and Instrument Rating with options for Flight Instructor Ratings.
Students wishing to continue their collegiate education may transfer their college credits from PCC to ERAU - Portland Campus. The schools have an articulation agreement that guarantees admission to ERAU as long as the student has at least a 2.0 grade point average. It also guarantees that the college credits received through PCC will transfer to ERAU and count toward a Bachelor of Science Degree. The ERAU portion of the degree program takes about 24 months for a total of approximately four years to complete a Bachelor of Science Degree and the required flight training.
Hillsboro Aero Academy is a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)-approved flight school meaning you can use your hard-earned veterans benefits to help pay for your flight training.
Oregon is the perfect place to learn to fly. During your training, you will gain experience in high altitude mountain environments and get experience in realistic weather conditions. Professional operators are looking for pilots with experience in the varied environments the Pacific Northwest offers, and the training at Hillsboro Aero Academy gives you the skills to fly in all of them.
Post-9/11 GI Bill
The Post-9/11 GI Bill is by far the most commonly used veterans benefit here at Hillsboro Aviation. You will feel right at home among students and instructors who have served in all branches of the military, as well as students from all around the world.
The most advantageous way to use your benefits is through our program with Portland Community College (PCC). The seamless integration of PCC’s Aviation Science program and Hillsboro Aero Academy helps students progress to get an Associate’s Degree in Aviation Science while completing our Professional Pilot Program, which includes your Private, Instrument, Commercial, Certified Flight Instructor, Certified Flight Instructor Instrument and Multi-Engine Instructors ratings (if applicable). All ground and flight training is completed at Hillsboro Aero Academy by our certified flight instructors.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill is for veterans who have served after 9/11. Depending on how much time you served/were active after 9/11, the VA will pay up to 100% of your tuition and fees through our degree program with Portland Community College. See this chart to find out what your percentage of eligibility is:
Active Duty Completed after September 10, 2001
Percentage of Maximum Amount Payable
At least 36 months 100%
At least 30 continuous days on active duty and
discharged due to service-connected disability 100%
30 months to 36 months 90%
24 months to 30 months 80%
18 months to 24 months 70%
12 months to 18 months 60%
6 months to 12 months 50%
90 days to 6 months 40%
Basic Housing Allowance (BAH) and Book Stipend
The Post-9/11 GI Bill also pays the basic allowance for housing (BAH) and an annual allowance for books and supplies when you attend a college program. The VA pays you directly for these items.
For those who decide not to attend our program through Portland Community College, Hillsboro Aero Academy is approved for direct limited funding for flight training under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. This is a maximum of $10,330 per academic year, but you need to have your Private Pilot Certificate first. This is separate from the way it works with the PCC program and does not include the BAH or allowance for books and supplies. You must contact Hillsboro Aero Academy prior to starting any training if you are planning to use your GI Bill in this manner. All training must be done following the FAA Part 141 syllabus and you must have a current second class medical before enrolling in any VA-eligible course or you will not receive reimbursement for your training.