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career pathway program

Helicopter Pilot Career Information

Career Pathway Program

Hillsboro Heli Academy offers pathway programs with some of the world’s leading helicopter operators for its qualified flight instructors. We provide our graduates with substantial helicopter pilot career information to help them take the next step in their careers. Whether you wish to pilot utility operations or pursue search-and-rescue helicopter pilot training, we have a dedicated career pathway to assist you.


How It Works

You apply for the program and after an interview and acceptance into the program, your training progress is followed by the company you have chosen. Once you are hired by Hillsboro Heli Academy and achieve the flight hour minimums, you are guaranteed an interview and given hiring preference based on your performance while enrolled in the Career Pathway Program.

To learn more about our exclusive partnership with ADAC Luftrettung for German students, contact For more information about our partnership with Bristow or for additional helicopter pilot career information, contact

Pathway Partners

ADAC Luftrettung gGmbh

With more than 50 rescue helicopters and 37 stations, the non-profit ADAC Luftrettung gGmbH is one of the largest air rescue organizations in Europe. It is becoming increasingly difficult for operators of air rescue stations in Germany to find suitable and sufficiently qualified pilots for the cockpit of a rescue helicopter. Over the next ten years, air rescue organizations in Germany predict a demand for at least 100-200 additional pilots.

We have an exclusive partnership with ADAC Luftrettung gGmbH for our German-speaking students.  To apply for the training program, contact our representative in Germany. After an interview and acceptance into the program, you begin your training at the Hillsboro Heli Academy in the US. Your training progress will be accompanied by a mentor from ADAC Luftrettung gGmbH. If you have completed the training (FAA and EASA) and reached the required number of flight hours in the USA, the costs for the DLR aptitude test will be borne by ADAC Luftrettung gGmbH. Following a recommendation for employment by the DLR Selection Committee, admission to the ADAC pilot pool takes place. Employment begins as soon as suitable positions are available in the company.

To learn more about this partnership, contact

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Bristow Group offers helicopter transportation, search and rescue (SAR), and aircraft support services to government and civil organizations around the world. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Bristow has large operations in the North Sea, Nigeria, and the Gulf of Mexico as well as many other major offshore oil and gas-producing locations.

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