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Driven to deliver the finest pilot career training in the sky.

Founded in 1980 with a single helicopter, Hillsboro Aero Academy has grown to become one of the largest multi-campus helicopter and airplane flight schools in the United States.

Our mission statement reflects our commitment to our students and to the entire global flight community: to deliver inspiring educational experiences that launch careers in global aviation.

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Our Story

Thousands of professional airplane and helicopter pilots from 75+ countries have chosen us to fulfill their dream of flight because we honor the unique needs of each student with personalized instruction, career mentoring, and tailored programs. Our program is backed by accredited academic standards and an industry-leading safety program.

Our three Oregon-based campuses in Hillsboro, Troutdale, and Redmond provide a lifetime of memories for students who train with us. The spirit of adventure that draws students from around the world is fulfilled in one of the most visually stunning environments on earth. Our flight conditions are as diverse as our students, providing the instrument training experience that employers seek.

We’re an FAA-approved flight school and offer training under Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) Part 141 and FAR Part 61—providing you with flexible options to reach your career goals. We also partner with Portland Community College and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to provide the flight training for their degree programs.

For our international students, our F-1 visa program provides an exceptional opportunity to spend up to an additional two years earning flight hours in the United States, and we cherish the global friendships that are forged here.

What makes us a flight school of choice among aspiring aviators?

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