TURN YOUR DREAM TO BECOME A PILOT INTO A CAREER
We grew up with a dream to fly, too.
That’s why we offer exceptional professional helicopter and airplane pilot training. Our comprehensive flight training courses attract students from all over the world to our aviation school. Since 1980, students have used our experience and global reputation to turn their flight career dreams into realities.
Helicopter Flight Training
What sets our training apart?
Our flight school has over 40 years of experience training professional pilots from over 75 countries. You’ll join 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 campuses in the Pacific Northwest train 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. Our campus in Las Vegas offers more consistent sunny weather to help support your training during winter months.
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.
Hillsboro was paramount to my success in aviation. I completed my entire certified flight instructor training at Hillsboro. After passing my check ride, I was hired as an instructor at just 19 years of age and flew over 1000 hours during my time as an instructor teaching students from all over the world. Flight instructing at Hillsboro was a unique experience that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.
William Romualdo, Captain for Avianca Airlines
This experience helped open doors at airlines for William. After flying a Boeing 737NG for GOL Airlines, he was hired by Avianca and at 28 years old was promoted to an Airbus A320 Captain.
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 22,900 feet.