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Decision Making and Disorientation: The Kobe Bryant Accident

It’s been just over one year since a Sikorsky S-76 crashed in Calabasas, California killing nine individuals including famous basketball player Kobe Bryant. On February 9th, 2021 the NTSB issued a[…]

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Preparing for Flight School - An Instructor's Perspective

Piloting helicopters successfully is a hard, interesting, and extremely enjoyable skill set, and obtaining your helicopter pilot education is the very first step on the road to becoming a[…]

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6 Must-Have Mobile Apps to Prepare You For Flight School

The best pilots thrive on data; they learn to take in multiple data streams all at once, from instrument readings to ATC communications to their own eyes and ears, to help them make better decisions[…]

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Student Profile - Meet Pablo Vivas San Jose

Pablo is a student who at 17 decided that being a helicopter pilot was the career path he wanted to pursue so he joined Hillsboro Heli Academy's Professional Pilot Program in 2020.Why do you want to[…]

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What's the Difference Between Part 61 and Part 141?

Part 141 and Part 61 are 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[…]

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The Right Stuff: 4 Key Traits of Future Airline Pilots

In Tom Wolfe’s book, The Right Stuff, about the early days of America’s space program, the test pilots and astronauts with the proverbial “right stuff” had a certain combination of mental aptitude,[…]

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Boeing Industry Outlook: Valuable Resource for Projecting Pilot Demand

When trying to determine future demand for pilots, one of the resources we turn to is the Boeing: Pilot and Technician Outlook. This report looks at long-term pilot demand over the next 20 years and[…]

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Learning to Fly Near Busy Airports: an Instructor's Perspective

When considering a career as a helicopter pilot, where you fly matters. While all career pilots must complete the FAA-required or EASA-required courses through their Commercial Pilot License (CPL),[…]

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Student of Excellence Saifeldeen Selim

This month's Student of Excellence Award winner is Saifeldeen Selim, an airplane student at our Hillsboro Campus. Saif moved from Egypt and joined our Professional Pilot Program in 2019. He is[…]

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Student Profile - Meet Desi Hauser

Meet Desi Hauser who joined our Professional Pilot Program in 2020 moving from Switzerland to United States for her training. She is currently working on her Instrument Rating. 
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