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HAA Mentor Series Speaker Joel Beckett

By Amy Smith March 9th, 2017 | Flying | Helicopters | Events

HAA Mentor Series presents our next speaker Joel Beckett. Joel was a former helicopter CFI at the Troutdale Campus who is now working for Columbia Helicopters in Afghanistan as a Vertol 107 co-pilot.He began working for Columbia in firefighting operations last summer and moved into the Afghanistan operations this winter. He recently returned from his …


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Video: Safety Conference Session 1

By Amy Smith February 28th, 2017 | Events | blog

In January, we took a day in support of our safety culture to specifically focus on this crucial aspect of flight operations. We suspended all training that day and hosted the first HAA Safety Conference. Industry expert Sean Jeralds was the featured speaker. Sean is an assistant professor of aeronautical science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in …


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2017 Northwest Aviation Conference

By Amy Smith February 23rd, 2017 | Events | blog

Join us at the 2017 Northwest Aviation Conference, one of Washington’s biggest aviation events with over 75 hours of safety seminars and 122,000 square feet of displays. The event takes place at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup on Saturday, February 25 – Sunday, February 26. Stop by booth #731 to learn more about our …


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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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