Hillsboro Partnership Allows Students to Achieve Academic Degrees, Pilot Ratings

By S.L. Fuller | January 29, 2018
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Photo courtesy of Hillsboro Aero Academy

Photo courtesy of Hillsboro Aero Academy

Hillsboro Aero Academy (HAA) and Windells Academy have partnered for a high school boarding program that allows students to earn pilot certifications. According to HAA, this is the first program of its kind in the U.S.

In the new program, students can work toward both a certification and a high school diploma at the same time. Students at the Windells Academy Aviation Program could earn licenses and ratings for either fixed- or rotary-wing as well as a college degree in aviation with HAA partnerships.


HAA said this new program would kick off with the Aviation Discovery Program. It’s a seven-week course that provides students with an introduction to multiple areas of aviation. The program begins June 18 and is set to become a full program in September.

"We are truly pleased to be working with Windells on this project," said Jon Hay, CEO of Hillsboro Aero Academy. "The synergies are phenomenal — both organizations have a very clear focus on offering a personalized approach to coaching and training for every student.”

The Windells Academy is known globally as an action sports boarding school and was founded in 1989. HAA has been around since 1980, training both fixed- and rotary-wing pilots.

"The beauty of this program," said President of Windells Academy Kevin English, who is a certificated pilot himself, "is that we will be able to train high school student to become airplane and helicopter pilots preparing them for a career that has tremendous growth prospects well into the future."

Enrollment in the new program is open to both international and domestic students between the ages of 14 and 18.

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