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Video: Off Airport Helicopter Training

By Amy Smith February 23rd, 2017 | Flying | Helicopters | blog

One of the things that makes our helicopter training unique is the ability to conduct off airport operations and landings in some of the most picturesque settings that the Pacific Northwest offers. It’s a part of HAA’s training that always leaves a last impact on the students and CFIs. This video, shot by our Helicopter …

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Celebrating Success: Bryan Jeffers

By Amy Smith February 16th, 2017 | Helicopters | blog

Helicopter Foundation International’s 2017 Michelle North Scholarship for Safety Award has been presented to Bryan Jeffers, Hillsboro Aero Academy’s Helicopter Assistant Chief Instructor. The mission of Helicopter Foundation International is to work to preserve the history of vertical flight, improve its safety, and educate the next generation of pilots and maintenance technicians. This mission clearly …

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Employee of the Month Phil Haupt

By Amy Smith February 16th, 2017 | blog

It’s time to announce our Employee of the Month. This award is given every month to an HAA employee who goes above and beyond his or her normal job duties demonstrating one of our core values – yes face, drive, or kinship. Our winner this month is Phil Haupt, our Helicopter Assistant Chief Instructor at …

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Celebrating Success: Trent Vick

By Amy Smith February 7th, 2017 | Flying | Helicopters | blog

Hillsboro Aero Academy is pleased to recognize one of its own for winning the 2017 Appareo Pilot of the Year Award. This award, presented by Helicopter Association International, is given to an active pilot who has demonstrated an exceptional act of professionalism. One of the 2017 winners of this prestigious award is Trent Vick, a …

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Brazilian Flight Training Seminars

By Amy Smith January 25th, 2017 | Events | blog

Join us a free informational seminar about flight training in the US. This is our 6th consecutive year hosting these seminars in Brazil and sharing information about the exciting opportunities available for pilots in the US. Hillsboro Aero Academy is one of the largest airplane and helicopter flight schools in the United States, and we …

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2017 HAA Safety Conference

By Amy Smith January 5th, 2017 | Flying | Events | blog

In support of our holistic safety culture, we are dedicating an entire day to focusing specifically on safety. There will be no flight operations on Friday, January 6. Instead all employees and students are encouraged to attend our 2017 Safety Conference where industry experts will speak about safety-related issues, including human factors, cockpit resource management, …

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Strong Airplane Pilot Forecast According to Boeing Report

By Amy Smith January 4th, 2017 | Airplanes | Flying | blog

617,000 – the number of new airline pilots needed between now and 2035, according to the Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook. The infographic below illustrates some of the key points from that report. View the full report here. This demand for pilots means great career potential and benefits for those getting into a career as …

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Hillsboro Aero Academy and Horizon Air Launch Pilot Recruitment Program

By Amy Smith December 7th, 2016 | Airplanes | Flying | blog

Demand for professionally-trained airplane pilots is growing at a remarkable rate. The 2016 Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook estimates the airline industry will need an additional 558,000 commercial airline pilots over the next 20 years. This demand is forcing airline operators to develop creative solutions to attract more prospective pilots to the aviation industry. One …

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Why Hillsboro Aero Academy?

By Amy Smith November 28th, 2016 | Airplanes | Flying | Helicopters | blog

When selecting a school for your flight training, there are a number of important considerations. Here are 10 of the top reasons why our students have selected Hillsboro Aero Academy to help them turn their dreams into an exciting airplane career or helicopter career. To learn more about our school, contact our admissions team at 503.726.3000 …

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Hillsboro Aero Academy Upgrades Airplane Fleet

By Amy Smith November 9th, 2016 | Airplanes | Flying | blog

We recently spoke with our students to find out what fleet improvements they would like to see. Based on their feedback, we have developed an upgrade plan that is already in work. Over the course of the next 18 months, we will make significant enhancements to both the Hillsboro Aero Academy airplane and helicopter fleets. …

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Six-year-old boy 'pilots' Etihad plane: A six-year-old boy who once amazed some airline crew during a random visit to a cockpit finally got the opportunity of a lifetime. Etihad Airways announced on Thursday that it had invited a little boy named Adam Mohammad Amer to "fly" an aircraft at its training academy. Wearing a specially made pilot uniform, Adam was given the chance to operate an Airbus A380, the world's largest passenger plane. "If we overshoot the runway, I’m gonna have to shout ‘turn around’,” the little boy told his “co-pilot”. The airline had invited the kid, who is of Egyptian-Moroccan origin, to become a pilot for a day after he impressed the crew with his aviation knowledge. Captain Majed Al Marzouqi, Etihad vice president for flight operations, said the boy's enthusiasm reminded him of his own as a child, with dreams of becoming a pilot. "It really is a wonderful opportunity for us to engage with the children of our community. Adam shows incredible intellect and knowledge, having learned complex operational procedures from YouTube videos. I hope he has enjoyed his day in the life of a pilot and that it encourages him to pursue his passion when he is older," he said.

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