Windells Academy and Hillsboro Aero Academy launch aviation program

Windells Academy, the famed action sports boarding school, and Hillsboro Aero Academy (HAA), the largest combined helicopter and airplane pilot training school in the U.S., have partnered to create the first high school boarding program in the U.S. where students can earn their professional pilot certifications while at the same time working toward their high school diplomas.

Students can earn their licenses in the seven-week program to become either a professional airplane or helicopter pilot. Craig MItchelldyer Photo
Students can earn their licenses in the seven-week program to become either a professional airplane or helicopter pilot. Craig MItchelldyer Photo
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Students enrolling in the Windells Academy Aviation Program will have the potential to earn their licenses and ratings to become professional airplane or helicopter pilots and obtain a college degree in aviation through HAA’s unique partnerships.

This new program will kick off with the Aviation Discovery Program, a seven-week course providing students with an introduction to multiple areas of aviation, starting June 18, 2018 with the comprehensive boarding school program starting in September 2018.

The Windells Academy Aviation Program is the first program of its kind in the country, and unique because Windells Academy is an action sports boarding school that will provide an active and exciting student life experience. With enrollment opening this month for both international and domestic students between 14 to 18 years old, the program will offer students the potential to enter a career that is forecasted to grow exponentially for the next 20 years.

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“Our students are driven and talented athletes and several are Olympic and X-Games prospects,” said Kevin English, president of Windells Academy. “But now we are able to offer our students the opportunity to train for a solid career in a blossoming industry.”

“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.”

Windells Academy, which started in 1989, is a premier name globally as an action sports boarding school, and Hillsboro Aero Academy has trained thousands of airplane and helicopter pilots since 1980. Together they will bring a truly unique program to 14- to 18-year-old students.

“The beauty of this program,” continued English, who is a certificated pilot himself, “is that we will be able to train high school students to become airplane and helicopter pilots, preparing them for a career that has tremendous growth prospects well into the future.”

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