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We are excited that you are ready to join HAA and start on the path toward a career as a professional pilot.

In order to apply to HAA for admission, please look at the available start dates below and the corresponding application periods. This will tell you when to submit your application for your desired start date.

Application Process
Please note the required documents listed below that must be submitted with your application. A $50 non-refundable fee is charged at the time of application submission.

If an applicant does not complete the second application step and upload the required document within 72 hours of submitting their application, the application will be cancelled, and the applicant will forfeit their application fee.

HAA will notify all applicants of acceptance or denial within 10 business days of the submission of all required application materials.

Applications must be completed 10 days prior to orientation to secure a spot in that orientation class. Registration fees must be paid 8 day prior to orientation or the application will be withdrawn.

If an accepted student is delayed, they have 60 days from their scheduled start date to join the program or they will need to submit a new application.

Ascend  Pilot Academy Application
If you wish to apply for the Ascend Pilot Academy, our partnership with Alaska Airlines, the first step is to apply directly with Alaska and be accepted into the program. You can apply via Alaska’s website. Please don’t complete an HAA application until you are accepted into this program.

Student Fees
Once accepted, students will need to pay the $100 Registration Fee to secure their spot.

International students will also need to pay a $300 International Application Processing Fee. This fee is non-refundable. Once the registration and application processing fees are paid and your TSA training request has initial approval, HAA will issue your visa paperwork. If there is a change to a student’s start date and HAA must reprocess the application, then $150 fee is charged.

If a logbook evaluation needs to be done to evaluate prior experience, a $500 fee will be charged.

If you need additional information, submit our request info form or email us.

Acceptance into HAA’s program is at the discretion of the school’s admissions team. Acceptance may be revoked prior to enrollment if the admissions team learns new information that they feel would make the applicant unsuccessful in the program. The HAA registration fee will be returned in this case.

Start Date Available Programs Application Period
May 2024
  • Airplane
    • Hillsboro
    • Redmond
  • Helicopter
    • Troutdale
Now accepting applications
June 2024
  • Airplane
    • Hillsboro
    • Redmond
  • Helicopter
    • Troutdale
Now accepting applications
July 2024
  • Airplane
    • Hillsboro
    • Redmond
  • Helicopter
    • Troutdale
Now accepting applications
August 2024
  • Airplane
    • Hillsboro
    • Redmond
  • Helicopter
    • Troutdale
Now accepting applications
September 2024
  • Airplane
    • Hillsboro
    • Redmond
  • Helicopter
    • Troutdale
Now accepting applications
October 2024
  • Airplane
    • Hillsboro
    • Redmond
  • Helicopter
    • Troutdale
Now accepting applications
November 2024
  • Airplane
    • Hillsboro
  • Helicopter
    • Troutdale
Application window opens in early June
January 2025
  • Airplane
    • Hillsboro
    • Redmond
  • Helicopter
    • Troutdale
Application window opens in early August
February 2025
  • Airplane
    • Hillsboro
    • Redmond
  • Helicopter
    • Troutdale
Application window opens in early September

Application Process

The documents required for the application are listed below. Once you are ready to apply, click on the application button. You will be asked to fill out the application and attach the required documents. You must be 18 years of age at the time of enrollment.

If you are hoping to join one of our partner programs such as the Ascend Pilot Academy or Portland Community College, please do not apply with HAA until you have been accepted into that program.

Domestic Students

  1. Proof of citizenship – copy of your valid passport or valid driver’s license and birth certificate (must include signature to be valid)
  2. Proof of education – copy of high school diploma, college diploma, or G.E.D. certificate

At orientation, you will be required to possess a first-class or second-class medical certificate.

Domestic Student Application

International Students

  1. Proof of citizenship – copy of your valid passport (must include signature to be valid)
  2. Financial verification – The US government requires students to show proof of monies available to cover the respective training and living expenses for 12 months. Note: more funds will be required to complete the training courses, but HAA only has applicants show funds to cover the average cost of training and housing for 12 months. The proof of funds must meet these requirements:
    1. Statement or bank letter must be in English or include an attached translation with the original statement
    2. Statement or bank letter must show available cash funds or approved loan, no assets such as property
    3. Statements must be dated within the last 30 days
    4. Statements or letter must include account holder’s name (signed letter of support is required if funds are not in the applicant’s name)
    5. Maximum of 3 statements can be submitted to reach the required amount
    6. Must show a clear ending or available balance that matches the amount required for the applicant’s program listed here:
      • Airplane Professional Pilot Program (standard track) – $60,000 USD
      • Airplane Professional Pilot Program (accelerated track) – $76,000 USD
      • Helicopter Professional Pilot Program – $84,000 USD
  3. Proof of education – There are three options for proof of education:
    • Copy of high school diploma equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma. This document shows the high school equivalency and requirements by country. Must be in English or include a translation. If submitting a transcript, it must include the graduation date.
    • Copy of college diploma from an accredited university. Must be in English or include a translation.
    • Take the Ability to Benefit Test and pass meeting HAA standards. The test consists of two sections, one math and one verbal. You must pass both sections. The cost for both tests is $50 USD. If you would like to take this test, please ask our admissions team for more information.
  4. Language proficiency – applicants are required to speak, read, write, and understand English and HAA will conduct a phone interview with prospective students

At orientation, you will be required to possess a first-class or second-class medical certificate.

International Student Application

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