Student Profile - Meet Joyce Yu

Joyce joined Hillsboro Heli Academy in 2017 from Taipei, Taiwan and is now working for us as a flight instructor. Read more about her experience at Hillsboro.

  1. Why do you want to be a pilot and what’s your dream job?
    It was never actually my childhood dream to become a pilot. I have no background in aviation apart from following @verticalmag on Instagram. Before this, I was on a completely different path and basically asked myself, why not? The dream now is to fly EMS or search and rescue. I'd love to be a flight medic as well, when I'm done being in the pilot seat.
    Joyce Yu
  1. What can a potential student expect when starting school?
    Expect a lot of hard work, excitement, and struggle, but in a good way. 

  2. What is the daily time commitment to becoming a pilot?
    A lot of what goes into flying a helicopter actually happens on the ground. For every hour of flight, you probably want to put in two hours of ground (at least). Do the math!

  3. What is your favorite part of the training at Hillsboro?
    The best part of training is that it never stops. There's always something to learn and questions to ask. 
  1. Why did you choose Hillsboro?
    There are very few choices when it comes to flight schools that offer F-1 visas and are not in Florida. Always thought the Pacific Northwest matched my vibe so coming here was a no-brainer. 
  1. What are some of the biggest challenges when learning to fly?
    The biggest challenge is not getting caught up in the nitty-gritty. Being able to see the world from 2000 feet is a privilege, and I never want to lose sight of that. 
  1. Outside of school, what does Oregon offer as far as social life?
    Portland is a weird but lovable city. There's a little something for everyone. As for me, I'll be at the Thorns game!