Horizon Air, Hillsboro Aero Academy launch pilot recruitment program

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, the company said.

The company said the 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, equaling approximately 28,000 each year.