We grew up with a dream to fly, too.
That's why Hillsboro Aero Academy offers exceptional professional helicopter and airplane pilot training courses for students from all over the world. For 36 years, students have used our flight school's experience and global reputation to turn their career dreams into realities.
Helicopter Flight School
What sets our training apart?
Our flight school has 36 years of experience training professional pilots from over 75 countries. You’ll join one of our thousands of graduates with careers working for helicopter operators like PHI and Columbia Helicopters or for international airlines like Delta, Air China, and EVA Air.
Some flight schools offer clear skies and one type of environment—but that’s not how flying works. Our location in the Pacific Northwest trains you for every type of terrain from high desert to mountainous environments—and the varying weather patterns teach you to fly in the real world.
You’re not just a number at Hillsboro, at our flight school you’re part of a global community of pilots who commonly become friends for life. With graduates from over 75 countries, you’ll find camaraderie no matter where you call home.
You’ll fly in safe, meticulously maintained aircraft and learn the latest safety techniques at Hillsboro. We’re the first IS-BAO accredited Part 141 primary flight school (academy). The IS-BAO program is an internationally-recognized set of safety standards for business aviation. We also employ a full-time Director of Safety to support our safety culture in every aspect of our company.
My experience at Hillsboro was nothing short of fantastic. I was challenged to perform at my best both in the air and in the classroom and was given a foundation of knowledge and skill that have safely carried me through the first ten years of a successful career. When people ask where I learned to fly, I am proud to say that I learned from the best at Hillsboro.
Sarah Brown, First Officer at Alaska Airlines
Sarah is currently a First Officer flying the Boeing 737 for Alaska Airlines. She previously worked as a Captain on the Citation X (CE-750) and King Air 200 (B200) aircraft, flying both internationally and domestically.
While training at Hillsboro, I felt it was important to have a wide variety of flight experiences so I would be prepared for any mission. The beautiful and diverse Oregon landscape provided this opportunity. A flight into the mountains is just as possible as a landing in the middle of the city which is truly unique.
Daniel Aufdenblatten, Pilot for Air Zermatt
The training Daniel received at Hillsboro helped prepare him to perform one of the world’s highest altitude long-line rescues. In 2010, Daniel piloted the helicopter that rescued three climbers from Nepal’s Mount Annapurna at an elevation of 23,000 feet.