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Study Projects Significant Need for Helicopter Pilots and Mechanics

By Amy Smith March 14th, 2018 | blog

A recent study commissioned by Helicopter Foundation International (HFI) and the University of North Dakota (UND) forecasted the U.S. supply of helicopter pilot and mechanics over the next 18 years, and the results confirmed what many in the industry suspected. The study projects a shortage of 7,649 helicopter pilots and 40,613 mechanics in the United …

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Airplane CFI Recruitment Event

By Amy Smith January 30th, 2018 | Events | blog

HAA’s CFI recruitment team will be in Lake Mary, Florida on February 8th hosting an informational seminar about the benefits of working for us as a Certified Flight Instructor. The seminar will cover topics such as flight instructor hiring, company incentives, and career pathways for graduates. Hillsboro Aero Academy is one of the largest combined …

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CFI Experience Video: Will Mauk

By Amy Smith January 29th, 2018 | blog

Will Mauk recently joined the team at Hillsboro Aero Aacdemy as a CFI. He relocated to Oregon to gain some valuable weather experience and hone his skills in real weather conditions. During his first week, he more than doubled his instrument time and conducted an entire flight in the clouds. This is an experience that …

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Windells Academy & Hillsboro Aero Academy Launch Aviation Program for High School Students

By Amy Smith January 25th, 2018 | Airplanes | Flying | Helicopters

Windells Academy, the famed action sports boarding school, and Hillsboro Aero Academy (HAA), the largest combined helicopter and airplane pilot training school in the US, have partnered to create the nation’s first high school boarding program in which students can earn their professional pilot certifications while at the same time working toward their high school …

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Brand Experience Video: Trent Vick

By Amy Smith January 9th, 2018 | Flying | Helicopters | blog

Trent Vick, 2017 Appareo Pilot of the Year Award recipient, first dreamed of becoming a helicopter pilot after seeing an emergency medical services (EMS) helicopter at a high school event. This encounter left him wanting to join the world of aviation, and he later enrolled at Hillsboro Aero Academy. He completed the Professional Pilot Program …

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Brand Experience Video: Kaiting Jan

By Amy Smith December 19th, 2017 | Airplanes | Flying

Kaiting Jan’s long-time dream of flying came to fruition at Hillsboro Aero Academy where she is currently a student. She completed her Commercial Pilot Certificate and is working on Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) Rating moving toward her goal of becoming a professional airline pilot. She chose Hillsboro Aero Academy to pursue her dream because of …

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Brand Experience Video: Brett Schnirring

By Amy Smith December 12th, 2017 | Helicopters | blog

We are delighted to release the first of a series of Brand Experience videos. Brett Schnirring, a US military veteran and helicopter pilot, talks passionately about his experience as a student at Hillsboro Aero Academy where he earned his Commercial Pilot Certificate and is working on his CFII Rating. Brett was recently hired as a …

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Hillsboro Aero Academy Student Recreates Historic 1936 Flight

By Amy Smith November 28th, 2017 | blog

Catheline (Kate) Leoni a fixed-wing student at Hillsboro Aero Academy recreated a historic 1936 flight from England to New Zealand in a Douglas DC3 in 2012. Her adventurous spirit has led her to become a candidate for yet another recreation of a historic flight, this time under the banner of Vintage Air Rally, where together …

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Industry News: Bell Helicopter Begins Delivery of 9 Helicopters to Chile

By Amy Smith November 14th, 2017 | blog

In September 2017, Bell Helicopter delivered two of nine Bell 505 Jet Ranger Xs to Santiago, Chile where they will be used for corporate transportation. Read the entire press release here.  

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Arizona CFI Hiring Event

By Amy Smith May 15th, 2017 | blog

Join our CFI Recruitment Coordinator for an informational seminar to discuss flight instructor opportunities at Hillsboro Aero Academy. The weather and terrain of the Pacific Northwest provide the perfect environment to hone your skills, and our diverse aircraft fleet of over 72 aircraft allows you the opportunity to experience a variety of aircraft all while …

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