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Chris started his flight training in 2002 in Medford, Oregon. He came to Hillsboro Aero Academy, formerly Hillsboro Aviation, in 2003 to continue his training and obtain advanced ratings. In 2005, Chris was hired as an airplane certified flight instructor (CFI). He steadily began to work his way up in the company. In 2006, Chris became the assistant chief instructor and in 2007 became the China program manager. Then in 2008, he accepted the position of airplane chief instructor. In this role, Chris supervises all airplane CFIs and was responsible for all airplane flight training operations. He is a graduate of PCC's aviation science program and is our resident expert on this degree program with PCC. In addition, he is also a qualified Part 135 King Air charter captain.

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Derrick was born in Illinois near St. Louis. His introduction to the aviation industry came in the Air Force working on aircraft arresting systems. During his time in the Air Force, he received a degree in mechanical and electrical technology. In February 2012, Derrick finished his enlistment on the island of Guam and then headed for Oregon to begin his flight training using his GI Bill benefits at Hillsboro Aero Academy, formerly Hillsboro Aviation. In April 2012, he had his first training flight and by summer 2013 had received his aviation science degree from Portland Community College. Derrick previously worked as a helicopter CFI, helicopter assistant chief instructor and China program manager before accepting the director of admissions position in 2015. Derrick desires to be a dual-rated pilot who owns his own aircraft.

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Ryan joined the Hillsboro Aero Academy admissions team in 2015 as an admissions representative providing support for prospective students. Ryan is able to offer a unique perspective because he is currently an airplane student at Hillsboro Aero Academy working on his Commercial Pilot Certificate and then his CFI/CFII ratings. His interest in aviation started at a young age because of his family’s connection to the industry. His grandfather flew bombers in World War II and his uncle flew during the Vietnam War and later became a member of the Blue Angels. Ryan attended Oregon State and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science and is an avid soccer play and fan.

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A native Oregonian, Bryan grew up in the beautiful city of Bend. His passion for aviation began when he worked with Cal State Fire Helitack crews as a wildland firefighter. Bryan entered the military in 2007 as a SAR paramedic, allowing him to spend numerous hours in aircraft he used to only dream about. His love for aviation rapidly grew driving him to chase his lifelong dream being in control of the very aircraft he loved so much. In 2014, Bryan finished his enlistment and moved back to Oregon to attend Hillsboro Aero Academy’s Helicopter Professional Pilot Program using his Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits. He completed the program in May of 2015 and now holds a CFI, Commercial and IFR ratings along with an associate's degree in aviation science through Portland Community College. Bryan joined the admissions team as an admissions representative providing support to prospective students in 2015. Bryan plans on returning to the SAR career field as an HEMS pilot someday, but for now he is ready to take whatever the world of aviation throws at him.  

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Mei was born in Taiwan and lived in New Zealand for over 10 years. In 2007, she started working for Hillsboro Aero Academy, formerly Hillsboro Aviation. Mei is the international admissions coordinator and primarily deals with prospective international students assisting with new student enrollment and Visa and TSA paperwork.

Mei speaks Mandarin and is currently learning Japanese. She enjoys assisting all of our international students and meeting new people.

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Mark was born and raised in Bellingham, Washington where his interest in aviation was sparked by watching DOT helicopters fight fires in the Cascade Mountains. In 2002, he joined the Army as an aviation mechanic. After discharge, Mark worked as an airframe and powerplant mechanic overhauling military aircraft. In 2010, having decided to pursue a career as a helicopter pilot, Mark enrolled in the PCC partnership with Hillsboro Aero Academy, formerly Hillsboro Aviation, and completed his associate's of science degree as well as his helicopter ratings through his CFII. Mark was hired as a flight instructor at the Troutdale campus in the fall of 2012 and shortly thereafter became a flight instructor mentor. In March of 2014, Mark accepted the position of Troutdale campus general manager.

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Kevan is from Monterey, CA. He attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ and has a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical science with a minor in aviation safety. Kevan started working for Hillsboro Aero Academy, formerly Hillsboro Aviation, in 2007 and became the airplane assistant chief instructor in 2008. He is an airplane CFI, CFII and MEI. In 2013, Kevan accepted the position of Prineville campus general manager and will be responsible for all operations at our newest campus.

 

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Dan was born and raised in Kalispell, Montana where his passion for flying began. He graduated from the University of North Dakota (UND) in 2008 with a degree in aviation management where he also received his airplane ratings through his Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) Rating. Dan spent his college summers working as a jump pilot, scenic pilot and a VFR 135 charter pilot. He also worked as a flight instructor for UND before moving to Portland in 2008 to work for Hillsboro Aero Academy, formerly Hillsboro Aviation. In 2009, he went through Hillsboro Aero Academy's helicopter flight training program and accomplished his dream of being a dual-rated pilot. Dan now has his airplane CFI, CFII and MEI along with his helicopter CFI and CFII. In December of 2012, Dan accepted the position of helicopter chief instructor.

 

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Neal was born and raised in South Bend, IN. He attended LeTourneau University where he started flying in 2004 and quickly fell in love with aviation. Neal graduated from LeTourneau in 2007 with a bachelor's of science in aeronautical science which includes commercial multi and single engine certificates with Instrument ratings and A&P certificates. In 2007, he completed his CFI Rating and started instructing in Ohio and joined the Hillsboro Aero Academy, formerly Hillsboro Aviation, team in May of 2008. While working as a CFI and a mechanic, Neal obtained his CFII and MEI in 2009. In the fall of 2010, he accepted the China program ground instructor position and enjoyed teaching the students and mentoring instructors. In his current position, he assists with managing all of our airplane school operations.

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David started his flight training in 2000, and he completed all of his airplane ratings at Hillsboro Aviation. David obtained a bachelor's degree in business administration management from Portland State University in 2003. He joined the Hillsboro Aero Academy, formerly Hillsboro Aviation, team of qualified airplane instructors as a CFI in 2008. David has instructed pilots in the International and domestic training programs and currently flies all seven models of training airplanes at Hillsboro Aero Academy, including the Hawker Beechcraft King Air C90. He accepted the position of airplane assistant chief instructor in 2013.

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Tiago was born and raised in Sao Paulo-SP, Brazil, and he was always interested in aviation and anything with an engine. Tiago received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 2006 from the University of Sao Paulo. After graduation, he started managing EPC (engineering/procurement/construction) projects, mainly on offshore drilling platforms which had him moving to Houston, TX, China and different areas of Brazil. In 2013,, Tiago was ready for a career change and decided to learn to fly helicopters so he enrolled at Hillsboro Aero Academy, formerly Hillsboro Aviation. After completing his training, he was hired as a helicopter CFII in 2014 and accepted the position of helicopter assistant chief instructor in 2015.

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Paul was raised in the San Diego, CA area where he earned all of his flight and CFI certificates. He began his flight training as part of a high school flight program which allowed him to train in a Cessna 172 and solo before graduating. Paul continued his training over the following five years and completed his CFII Rating in the spring of 1993.

Over the next 20 years Paul was in and out of aviation. He returned to full-time instructing in 2006 working at a small flight club in the southern Willamette Valley. In 2012, he started working at Hillsboro Aero Academy, formerly Hillsboro Aviation. He held the position of China ground instructor in 2013 prior to accepting his current position of airplane assistant chief Instructor in 2015.

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Satoru Kamoshita (SK) is the Asia program manager and a Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE).

As the Asia program manager, SK works with our Korean, Taiwanese, Brazilian and Japanese students and has trained over 500 pilots who fly for major airlines all over the world. He started as a flight instructor at Hillsboro Aero Academy, formerly Hillsboro Aviation, in 1997 and took his current position in 2006. SK graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a master’s in aeronautical management. He is an airline transport pilot with a type rating in YS-11 and Dash 8 Q400. Before joining Hillsboro Aviation, SK was a YS-11 captain for Philippine Airlines. He also ferried aircraft from Japan to locations such as Africa, Singapore and North America and trained local pilots. He has over 12,750 flight hours.

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Blake began flight training at Pacific Union College in Angwin, CA in 2005 and graduated with a bachelor's degree in aviation and his Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) and Multi-Engine Instructor (MEI) certificates. Blake joined Hillsboro Aero Academy, formerly Hillsboro Aviation, in 2011 and worked extensively with our China program in Troutdale as a ground instructor and then as the airplane assistant chief instructor. In 2015, he accepted the China program manager position overseeing all aspects of our Chinese training program at each campus.

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Kevin was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. He is a certified flight instructor and graduated from Southern Illinois University in 2009 with degrees in aviation management and aviation flight. Following a stint working and flying in Ireland, Kevin returned to the U.S. to pursue a career in airport management. He progressed quickly and over the following five years was responsible for overseeing operations and maintenance at airports in Illinois, Michigan and Alaska. Kevin’s family was relocated to Portland in 2014 due to active-duty Coast Guard obligations. He joined the team at Hillsboro Aero Academy in 2015 and looks forward to restarting his flying career. Outside of work Kevin enjoys cooking, travelling and mountaineering.

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Chris Berg

Name: Chris Berg
Position: School Director/Airplane Chief Instructor
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Phone: (503) 726-3000

About Chris Berg

Chris started his flight training in 2002 in Medford, Oregon. He came to Hillsboro Aero Academy, formerly Hillsboro Aviation, in 2003 to continue his training and obtain advanced ratings. In 2005, Chris was hired as an airplane certified flight instructor (CFI). He steadily began to work his way up in the company. In 2006, Chris became the assistant chief instructor and in 2007 became the China program manager. Then in 2008, he accepted the position of airplane chief instructor. In this role, Chris supervises all airplane CFIs and was responsible for all airplane flight training operations. He is a graduate of PCC's aviation science program and is our resident expert on this degree program with PCC. In addition, he is also a qualified Part 135 King Air charter captain.