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Hillsboro Heli Academy

Our dedicated helicopter training campus in Troutdale, OR

Every helicopter pilot will tell you: where you fly matters. And our dedicated helicopter training campus in Troutdale, OR, is where you want to fly.

Adventure awaits at our campus on the edge of the spectacular Columbia River Gorge. Students get the chance to practice off-airport landings on public lands in a stunning forested landscape, but the opportunity to land on an urban helipad in the busy Portland airspace is equally accessible. It truly is the best of both worlds.

A Campus Run by Helicopter Pilots, for Helicopter Pilots

Nothing beats the sense of camaraderie that’s shared among passionate helicopter enthusiasts working toward a common goal: your success as a future career pilot. You’ll feel the difference the moment you set foot on campus as you become part of the shared history of one of the world’s longest-standing helicopter schools.

Our Troutdale campus includes student housing, so you can enjoy the company of your peers after-hours too. With downtown Portland only about 20 minutes away, you’re close to the dining, shopping, entertainment, and vibrant outdoor culture of one of the nation’s most livable cities.  When you’re not studying, the area’s fun activities will keep you busy.

Location, Location, Autorotation

Proximity to the Columbia Gorge and the city of Portland isn’t the only thing that makes our location ideal. We’re also situated in the “Home of the Helicopter,” thanks to the concentration of major helicopter employers in our area, including Timberland, Columbia, Apex, and Erickson. We have been able to arrange tours for our students in order to give them inside perspective on helicopter operations. Our students also get opportunities to “meet” the commercial aircraft they’ll fly in their dream careers.

Our Troutdale Campus also has an in-house FAA-approved repair station where we service our fleet. Safety is our top priority, so we do our part to ensure our students receive thorough safety training and have well-maintained equipment.