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.
What sets Hillsboro Aero Academy apart from other flight schools is that we are approved to offer two visa programs, the F-1 Visa and the M-1 Visa. Very few schools can offer the F-1 Visa which allows you to work as a pilot in the U.S. upon completion of your training. This is an excellent way to build hours making you more employable when you return to your home country.
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
- 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.
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.