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Student Life at Flight School

At HAA, life outside of the cockpit can be just as rewarding.

Sure, you’re here to fly, but the vibrant communities, lifelong friendships, and beautiful surroundings are part of the package. At Hillsboro Aero Academy, we truly have it all.

Our three campuses are located near the bustling cities of Portland and Bend, both known for their thriving young communities. For those at our Hillsboro and Troutdale campuses, the Oregon Coast and the Columbia River Gorge are short drives away, and let you get your adrenaline fix through surfing, kite boarding, paragliding, hiking and other activities. For students at our Redmond campus in Central Oregon, a vast outdoor playground awaits, with epic skiing, hiking, and water sports in the Cascade mountain range.

Plenty to Do

The light rail system provides access to downtown Portland from our campuses located in the greater Portland area. One of Oregon’s fastest growing cities, Bend, is just over 20 minutes from our Redmond campus.

Mt. Hood is just east of Portland, making skiing and snowboarding easy in the winter. Students usually organize trips you can join.

Get your adrenaline fix on the gorgeous Oregon Coast or Columbia River Gorge, surfing, kiteboarding, windsurfing, boating, hiking, or biking. If you don’t feel like going into the city or heading into the outdoors, we have plenty to do on each campus too. When there’s enough interest, informal sports teams are organized—like softball and soccer.

Monthly barbecues give students and employees a chance to make friends over food and drinks.

Everything You Need to Fly

Our campuses have FAA-certified testing centers where students can take all required FAA knowledge exams. That means you don’t have to spend extra money and time to go take them somewhere else.

Our Learning Resource System is filled with a library of textbooks, computerized test prep software, and a list of helpful websites to help you get your pilot certificates. Study rooms are available when you need some peace and quiet.

Career Placement Assistance

We do our best to help you find a career after flight school. Our placement assistance services include resume writing help, interview prep, employment postings, career path advice, and referrals to known sources of employment.

You also have access to the huge worldwide Hillsboro Aero Academy network of pilots.

Job placement isn’t guaranteed, but we do everything we can to get you there, and our network offers a unique advantage in the industry.

Lesson Scheduling & Account Management

We want you to focus on your flying, so we create your flight and ground lesson schedules for you. Our scheduling team, including team leads and instructors, schedules lessons according to your program and individual training needs.

Our accounting department also helps you manage your account, run reports and audit school flight accounts to make sure you’re on track.