PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Hillsboro Aero Academy (HAA) and Horizon Air have signed an agreement to establish a pilot development program, which will provide a tuition stipend to students pursuing an aviation career. This program is designed to help recruit new students into the program at HAA and provide existing students with an opportunity to fly as a first officer/pilot with Horizon Air following the completion of their program.
According to the 2016 Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook report, to keep up with demand, the airline industry will need to train an additional 558,000 new commercial airline pilots over the next 20 years – about 28,000 each year. This new recruitment program is intended to help increase the steady supply of welltrained pilots entering the industry.
"With the looming pilot shortage, Horizon is excited to partner with high quality aviation programs, like Hillsboro Aero Academy to enhance our recruiting efforts and ensure the next generation of pilots look to Horizon as a place they can build their career in aviation," said LaMar Haugaard, Horizon Air director of pilot development and recruiting.
Under the program, Horizon Air will award a stipend for eligible HAA students who have completed their private pilot certification and are working toward completing their Commercial Pilot Certificate. Students who accept the stipend will receive a conditional job offer at Horizon Air.
In addition to the Horizon Air stipend, HAA has allocated $143,000 towards funding individual advanced certifications—enabling students the opportunity to train for specialized skills.
"This trend signals a robust and growing sector for aspiring pilots and exceptional career opportunities well into the future," stated HAA CEO and President Jon Hay. "We believe our collaboration with Horizon Air provides aspiring pilots with an outstanding opportunity to complete their full certifications and an unparalleled opportunity to kick start their career with quality training, and employment with a regional hallmark carrier."
HAA is a leading institution for pilot training, specializing in professional airplane and helicopter certification programs.
About Hillsboro Aero Academy
Hillsboro Aero Academy, formerly Hillsboro Aviation's flight school, is one of the largest helicopter and airplane flight training schools in the United States. With a fleet of 90 aircraft, Hillsboro Aero Academy flies in excess of 70,000 flight hours per year from its three campuses in Oregon. During its 36 years in business, the company has trained thousands of pilots, and its graduates fly for operators worldwide. To learn more about Hillsboro Aero Academy, visit www.flyhaa.com.
About Horizon Air
Horizon Air is a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group, Inc. and flies to 39 cities across the United States and Canada as Alaska Airlines. Horizon Air maintains an operational fleet of 52 Bombardier Q400 aircraft with an average age of 9.4 years. In 2016, the airline announced the purchase of 30 Embraer E175 aircraft, the first of which is expected to be delivered spring 2017. Alaska and Horizon Air are the only major U.S. carriers with a fully RNP-equipped fleet and fully-trained flight crews.
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