Airplane Flight Training School

Airplane Flight Training School

Get a head start on your career as an airplane pilot at Hillsboro Aero Academy—our experience and flight school reputation make it possible to fly anywhere in the world. If working for an airline is your dream job, our airplane training can help you get there.


We’ve been training professional airplane pilots since 1980, and students from over 75 countries have learned to fly at our flight school. Our graduates fly for international airlines like Delta and EVA Air-just to name a few. Airlines recognize that we train our pilots to the standard they expect, and we have graduates working for most major airlines.


Also, Hillsboro Aero Academy is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), a U.S. Department of Education recognized accreditor which means our programs are held to a set standard and regularly audited.


You’ll fly in safe, reliable aircraft maintained in our FAA-approved repair station and get high-quality instruction and personal attention from instructors who care about your success.


Your GI Bill® benefits can be applied toward your flight training courses, and we’re an FAA-approved flight training school that conducts training under Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) Part 61 and Part 141.


We give you the start you need to be a successful pilot for private operations and commercial airlines around the world.

Are you ready to fly?


The training that was imparted to me and the values that I learned at Hillsboro stand strong even to this day. While Hillsboro taught me the basics of flying, the bonus was learning how to handle people in a friendly and professional manner and to be prepared to understand different situations and how to effectively deal with them.
Apachu HAA graduate

Apachu Poovaiah, First Officer, A320, Vistara (TATA-SIA Airlines LTD)
Apachu completed Hillsboro's airplane Professional Pilot Program while on the F-1 Visa. It allowed him to complete his training in the U.S. with the possibility of building extra hours working as a certified flight instructor before returning home to tap the booming airline market in India.

Hillsboro helped plot my course to becoming an airline pilot. I wanted a college degree, and when I learned about Hillsboro’s partnership with Portland Community College (PCC), I enrolled and started down the path toward obtaining my college degree, aircraft certificates, and flight experience.
Michael Lane airplane school graduate

Michael Lane, Captain at SkyWest Airlines
Because of his determination and commitment to this training, Michael is now living his dream as a Captain for SkyWest.

Why Hillsboro Aero Academy?


With graduates working for most major airlines across the world we have developed a reputation for producing high-quality pilots. Our 40 plus years of experience have helped us develop an airplane training program that the airlines look for when hiring. It’s this training that will set you apart in your interview, and the Hillsboro connections can help open the door to that first airline job.

Airline Pilot Careers


Our flight school has campuses close to major cities, the Pacific Ocean, and multiple mountain ranges. This diverse environment near our campuses in Oregon gives you the opportunity to train in many real-world situations.

One of the biggest reasons our graduates excel in the job market is because of the challenging environments they learn to fly in—combined with a wide array of weather patterns.

Other airplane pilot training schools only train in sunny conditions, leaving you without the essential skill of flying in challenging weather that you need for a successful career as a pilot.


We have over 80 training airplanes—including models like Cessna 152, Cessna 172, Piper Seminole, and Hawker Beechcraft King Air C90.

In addition to our fleet of airplanes, we train with the latest in flight simulation technology.

Our Frasca 142, Frasca TruFlite, and Redbird FMX flight simulators take on characteristics from the smallest single-engine airplane to the most sophisticated twin-engine airplanes with advanced avionics.

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Our airplanes are maintained to the highest industry standards, and our instructors are dedicated to providing the safest instruction possible so that you know how to operate each type of aircraft.

Students get the opportunity to learn in one-on-one situations with their instructors which helps promote a safe environment—you work directly with our instructor at your own pace so that your learning can be complete and thorough.

We have a prestigious IS-BAO accreditation—the first Part 141 primary flight school (academy) to do so. Ths IS-BAO program was developed by the International Business Aviation Council as an internationally recognized set of safety standards for business aviation.

Hillsboro employs a full-time Director of Safety to ensure the successful implementation of our Safety Management System.

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Questions about airplane flight school? Contact us to get started on your dream career.

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