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The F-1 Visa and Professional Pilot Programs: Why It Matters

We know that most international students choose our professional pilot program for their airplane or helicopter training not just because of our global reputation, but also because we offer the[…]
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The Home of the Helicopter: Five Oregon Helicopter Employers You Should Know

When you join the commercial helicopter pilot training community, one of the first things you’ll notice is just how small this industry really is. There are about 15,000 commercial helicopter[…]
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What You Need to Know About Aviation Medicals

You have now found the school you would like to attend, completed an introductory demonstration flight, and have made the decision to learn how to fly but what else do you need to become a pilot?

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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[…]

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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[…]

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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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COVID-19's Impact on Helicopter Pilot Careers

Any professional helicopter pilot will tell you that versatility is a big part of the appeal of helicopter flight. Versatility applies not only to the aircraft’s unique flight capabilities -- with[…]

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Student of Excellence Award Winner Christoph Erber

Originally from a small village in Austria, Christoph joined Hillsboro Heli Academy in September 2020 to fulfil his dream of becoming a professional helicopter pilot.

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A Note on Perseverance

I am sitting at my computer today listening to what we in the heli biz call ‘continuous precipitation’ (oft associated with stable air masses), coming in mostly gentle waves like rhythmic ocean[…]

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Student Profile - Meet Joel Tiess

Joel Tiess is a helicopter student who came all the way from Germany to join our training program. See what he has to say about his dream job and why he selected Hillsboro for his training.

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