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.
Check out this video featuring two of our students who used their GI Bill benefits to pay for flight training.
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
|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.
For information on how to apply or with questions about the program, contact Derrick Bolhofner.
Chapter 30/1606/1607 Montgomery GI Bill
If you have the “old” Montgomery GI Bill, you will come directly to Hillsboro Aero Academy. This GI Bill reimburses you 60% (depending on your chapter of eligibility) of your eligible training costs after your Private Pilot Certificate. You will pay for your Private Pilot Certificate on your own. The VA will reimburse you a percentage of the eligible costs for your instrument, commercial and CFI training.
You must contact Hillsboro Aero Academy prior to starting any training if you are planning to use your Montgomery GI Bill. 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.
For information on any other type of veterans benefits, including the Vocational Rehabilitation program, contact Derrick Bolhofner.
Check out our article in Rotorcraft Pro about using your GI Bill benefits.