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International Flight Training Academy

An international community of career pilots

At Hillsboro Aero Academy, we believe that diversity is our strength.

We’re proud of the fact that commercial airline pilots and helicopter pilots in more than 75 countries began their aviation careers with us. More than anything else, the history of flight has been about connecting countries and communities across the globe. And our aspiring pilots choose this career path in part because of a desire to see the world and connect with other global citizens.

With our F-1 visa program, students can add up to 23 months of employment to their training, typically as a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), to build the flight hours that employers require.

A Top International Flight School

Today about two-thirds of our flight cadets are international, training alongside our domestic students at our three Oregon-based campuses. They choose to come fly with us for many reasons:

  • A supportive community for students from 75 countries
  • Flight instructors who reflect the diversity of our student body
  • Our unique flight environment, with weather and terrain that produce better prepared pilots
  • Our F-1 visa program, allowing up to 23 additional months to work and build flight hours

International Regions


HAA’s pilot training programs adhere to the standards set by aviation regulatory agencies in multiple Asia-Pacific countries, including China’s CAAC, Vietnam’s CAAV, and India’s DGCA. We’ve built a welcoming community for students from the region, with many student support resources to ensure their success.

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We’re proud to be the only flight school in the US with both an F-1 visa program and a helicopter training program certified by EASA, the aviation authority for the European Union. We are underway on certification for our airplane school as well, with approval expected in early 2021.

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