Hillsboro Aero Academy

School Highlights

Since 1980, the mission of Hillsboro Aero Academy has been to deliver the finest airplane and helicopter training in the sky. Thousands of professional aviators from 75+ countries have chosen us to fulfill their dream of a career in flight. HAA delivers an extended visa option for international students, an industry-leading reputation, the industry’s top safety certification, and one of the world’s most diverse flight environments through its three Oregon-based campuses.

Courses Offered

  • Airplane Professional Pilot Program – includes Private Pilot Certificate, Instrument Rating, Commercial Pilot Certificate, Certified Flight Instructor Rating)
  • Airplane Certified Flight Instructor Instrument
  • Airplane Multi-Engine Instructor
  • Helicopter Professional Pilot Program – Includes Private Pilot Certificate, Instrument Rating, Commercial Pilot Certificate, Certified Flight Instructor Rating)
  • Helicopter Certified Flight Instructor Instrument
  • Helicopter Specialized Courses

Aircraft & Simulator


  • 42 Cessna 152s
  • 18 Cessna 172s
  • 13 Piper Seminoles
  • 1 Piper Seneca
  • 4 simulators


  • 18 Robinson R22s
  • 2 Robinson R44s
  • 1 simulator

Approvals & Partnerships

  • Accreditation by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges
  • FAA Part 141 Flight School
  • FAA Part 145 Repair Station
  • CAAV Approval
  • EASA Approval (helicopter program only)
  • IS-BAO Stage 3 Certification
  • Partnerships with Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air, Korean Air, Japan Airlines, Ameriflight, Bristow Norway, ADAC, Portland Community College, Liberty University, Purdue University Global, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University – Portland Campus, Multnomah University

Entry Requirements

Domestic Students

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

International Students

  • Proof of citizenship – copy of your valid passport (must include signature to be valid)
  • Financial verification – The US government requires student to show proof of monies available to cover the respective training and living expenses for 12 months. Additional funds will be required is the applicant is bringing dependents. 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. These funds must be a liquid asset in a checking or savings account shown on a bank statement or an approved loan application. A signed letter of support is needed if the funds are not in the student’s name. All documents must be in English or include a notarized English translation denoting monies in U.S. dollars. If a new I-20 is requested 6 months after initial application, then HAA will request updated financial verification.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • Language proficiency – applicants are required to speak, read, write, and understand English and HAA will conduct a phone interview with prospective students

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