Student Life at Flight School
Life outside the cockpit at flight school involves everything from having fun to getting help guiding your career in the right direction. At Hillsboro Aero Academy, we have it all.
Our main campus is just a quick light-rail ride away from the center of Portland and its vibrant, young community. The Oregon Coast and the Columbia River Gorge are short drives away and let you get your adrenaline fix through surfing, kite boarding, paragliding, hiking and other activities.
You can choose to live on campus, or off, and either way you have the support of the whole Hillsboro community and access to everything you need to be successful in your training.
I wanted to be able to look back at this experience and say, I didn’t miss anything. Oregon has it all! Hiking, skiing, hot springs, city life, four seasons with lots of weather, and great people.
Tor Eirik Larheim, Utility Pilot for Helitrans
Tor Eirik always wanted to be a pilot, but he thought this career was for "super humans and super rich people." It wasn't until a friend moved to the United States to become a helicopter pilot that Tor Eirik realized his dream was possible and began researching schools.
The first thing that comes to mind when I'm asked about my training at Hillsboro is family. The environment in which I trained was safe, structured, professional, and became a home away from home. The bonds which I formed with the staff and students during my time there will last me a lifetime.
Apachu Poovaiah , First Officer, A320, Vistara (TATA-SIA Airlines LTD)
Apachu completed Hillsboro’s Airplane Professional Pilot Program while on the F-1 Visa. It allowed him to complete his training in the U.S. with the possibility of building extra hours working as a certified flight instructor before returning home to tap the booming airline market in India.
Plenty to Do
The light rail to Portland and its eclectic northwest community is a short walk from on-campus housing in Hillsboro. Mt. Hood is just east of Portland, making skiing and snowboarding easy in the winter and students usually organize trips you can join.
Get your adrenaline fix on the gorgeous Oregon Coast or Columbia River Gorge, surfing, kiteboarding, windsurfing, paragliding, hiking or biking. If you don’t feel like going into the city or heading to the coast, we have plenty to do on each campus too. When there’s enough interest, informal sports teams are organized—like softball and soccer.
Monthly barbecues give students and employees a chance to make friends over food and drinks and meetings are held after the barbecues. These meetings give you a chance to ask school management questions in a group setting.
We’ll use Facebook to update you on events and there is are Facebook groups you can use to connect with other students and make new friends. Like us on Facebook for the latest news and updates.
Everything You Need to Fly
From mentorship and advising sessions to help you guide your career, to the supplies you need and on-site FAA testing facilities, our school has it all.
Our aviator supply stores have the materials you need to complete your programs and they’re so useful that pilots from the public community shop here too.
Our Hillsboro and Troutdale campuses have FAA-certified testing centers where students can take all required FAA knowledge exams. That means you don’t have to spend extra money and time to go take them somewhere else.
Our Learning Resource System is filled with a library of textbooks, current periodicals, videos and DVDs, audio recordings, computerized test prep software and a list of helpful websites to help you get your pilot certificate. Study rooms are available when you need some peace and quiet.
Career Placement Assistance
We do our best to help you find a career after flight school. Our placement assistance services include resume writing help, interview prep, employment postings, career path advice and referrals to known sources of employment.
You also have access to the huge worldwide Hillsboro Aero Academy network of pilots. Students and graduates share their contact information and current place of employment on our student and alumni map.
Job placement isn’t guaranteed, but we do everything we can to get you there, and our network offers a unique advantage in the industry.
Lesson Scheduling & Account Management
We want you to focus on your flying, so we create your flight and ground lesson schedules for you. Our airplane flight school has a full-time scheduler who schedules lessons according to your program and individual training needs.
Helicopter students have their lessons scheduled by their flight instructors. All flight and ground lessons are scheduled and available online at www.schedulepointe.com.
Our accounting department also helps you manage your account, run reports and audit school flight accounts to make sure you’re on track.
We offer computers for test prep, flight planning and checking weather across our campuses. The Hillsboro campus’s testing center office has computer access for students when testing isn’t in progress. At the Troutdale campus, student computers are located in the testing center as well as in the student records room and they are available whenever the school is open.
Questions about life at Hillsboro?