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Helicopter Flight Training Courses

With a commercial helicopter pilot license, an exciting and varied career awaits you.

Whether you have your heart set on firefighting or emergency medical services, or you dream of flying tourists over breathtaking scenery, Hillsboro will help you get there. Our flight school has the helicopter flight lessons and courses you need to start your career.

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.  We even offer specialty helicopter flight courses to include with your FAA helicopter training—like external load operations and mountain flying—so that you can set yourself up for the career you’ve always dreamed of.

Training Programs

and Additional Ratings

Professional Pilot Program

Our helicopter pilot school offers a full training program for people whose goal is to work as a career helicopter pilot. The Professional Pilot Program includes helicopter flight lessons for these certificates and ratings: Private, Instrument, Commercial, and Certified Flight Instructor.

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EASA/FAA Professional Pilot Program

Our 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 FAA helicopter training program, plus all required EASA coursework.

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Additional Rating: Airline Transport Pilot

To fly transport helicopters, you need additional certification beyond our FAA helicopter training program.  The Airline Transport Pilot Certificate (ATP) certification allows you to pilot aircraft in a carrier service with a max gross weight of over 12,500 pounds and/or over nine passengers.

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Additional Ratings: Specialized

If you want to prepare for a more challenging and exciting career, it’s a great idea to add specialized helicopter flight lessons to your Professional Pilot Program to further enhance your skills and expand your career opportunities.

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FAA Helicopter Training

We offer 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 in its approach to helicopter flight lessons.

Flight instructors approved by the FAA can train you under FAR Part 61 anywhere—whether they’re attached to a flight school or not—and they can follow their own method.

FAR Part 141 training is given through approved flight schools, like Hillsboro Aero Academy, 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.

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