Whether you have your heart set on an exciting career like firefighting or supporting your community by flying emergency medical service missions, our flight school has the pilot training courses and lessons you need to get your helicopter pilot license.
All of our helicopter flight training courses are Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-approved and we offer Federation Aviation Regulations (FAR) Part 61 and Part 141 training. We also offer European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approved courses —you’ll find out more about that below.
We even offer specialty helicopter lessons and courses to include with your professional helicopter pilot training program—like external load operations and mountain flying—so that you can set yourself up for the career you want.
PROFESSIONAL PILOT PROGRAM
Our helicopter pilot school features a full training course for people whose goal is to work as a career helicopter pilot. The Professional Pilot Program includes training for these certificates and ratings: Private, Instrument, Commercial, and Certified Flight Instructor.
JOINT EASA/FAA PROFESSIONAL PILOT PROGRAM
Our new, first-of-its-kind EASA-FAA program is for international students who wish to pursue a helicopter pilot career in Europe. It includes the same certificates as our Professional Pilot Program, plus all required EASA coursework.
Your Private Pilot Certificate lets you fly helicopters for fun and recreation—giving rides to friends and family or flying for your own transport. It’s the first step toward building the skills needed for your Commercial Pilot Certificate.
You’ll be in the cockpit from day one, getting hands-on experience.
The Instrument Rating is becoming more prevalent in the helicopter industry as new aircraft applications are realized. Regardless of whether you fly in actual instrument conditions or not, the Instrument Rating will give you the tools and knowledge you need for a safe career as a professional pilot.
If you want to get paid to fly, you need your Commercial Pilot Certificate. This course expands on private pilot training and introduces more advanced maneuvers and skills. This commercial helicopter pilot training teaches you to fly to higher and more precise standards to prepare you for your first commercial job.
CERTIFIED FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR
Your first career step is likely to be working as a flight instructor. The Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) Rating is required if you want to instruct other pilots. Hillsboro Aero Academy takes pride in our ability to share our vast experience during the CFI course which will set you apart from the competition.
CERTIFIED FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR INSTRUMENT
This course builds on our Certified Flight Instructor Rating by allowing you to teach instrument flight in helicopters. Since most pilots’ first job is working as a certified flight instructor, this Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (CFII) Rating provides you with additional instruction opportunities.
AIRLINE TRANSPORT PILOT
To fly transport helicopters, you need the highest level of aircraft pilot certification—the Airline Transport Pilot Certificate (ATP). When you get this certification, you can pilot aircraft in a carrier service with a max gross weight of over 12,500 pounds and/or over nine passengers. This certificate can give you a leg up when applying for jobs.
If you want to prepare for a more challenging and exciting career, it’s a great idea to add specialized helicopter pilot training to your Professional Pilot Program to further enhance your skills.
FAR PART 61/141 Certification
We’re able to offer you helicopter pilot training under both FAR Part 61 and FAR Part 141.
What does that mean?
This means we have two different ways to approach your training. Both FAR Part 61 and Part 141 training demand the same minimum standards for you to get your pilot certificate, but FAR Part 141 is more methodical and refined.
Flight instructors approved by the FAA can train you under FAR Part 61 anywhere—whether they’re attached to a helicopter pilot school or not—and they can follow their own method.
FAR Part 141 training is given through approved flight schools, like Hillsboro, who have had our course curriculums reviewed and approved by the FAA. This means we’ve perfected our courses over time, found the best path for your training and we stick to it.
Your long-term goals and learning style will determine which FAR part is right for you, and we’ll help you decide.