The Ascend Pilot Academy is a new flight training program designed for aspiring commercial pilots with little or no flying experience to complete an intensive training and experience-building program before joining Horizon Air as a First Officer.
As part of Horizon Air and Alaska Airlines’ commitment to equity, this program is designed to help all aspiring pilots, including those who may need financial support to make their dream of a flying career a reality.
Training Location: Hillsboro Aero Academy in Hillsboro & Redmond Oregon
Program Length: Approximately 3-3.5 years
Stipends: $26,463 towards a commercial pilot certificate and up to $3500 to cover the CFII (Certified Flight Instructor – Instrument Certificate)
Student Commitment: A minimum of 2 years working as a pilot for Horizon Air once all training, certificate, and flight experience requirements are completed
Pathway to Alaska Airlines: An opportunity to join Alaska Airlines as a First Officer is available as part of the Pilot Pathways program once eligibility is met
Ascend Pilot Academy Eligibility
- Valid passport allowing unrestricted travel to and from the U.S.
- Valid driver’s license
- Hold a First Class Medical
- Ability to work a variety of schedules including nights, weekends, and holidays.
- Ability to communicate in English and authorization to work in the U.S.
- Little to no flight training experience, experience not exceeding a Private Pilot’s License
- Ability to relocate to Hillsboro Aero Academy training locations in Redmond, OR, or Hillsboro, OR
Entry into the program requires the student to agree to an ongoing release of the following records to Horizon Air and Alaska Airlines:
- Training Records
- Disciplinary Records
- Attendance Records
- Any other records that contain necessary and relevant information for the program
FLSA Status Non-Exempt
Equal Employment Opportunity We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action (AA) employer that is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We take affirmative action to ensure equal opportunity for all qualified applicants and employees and do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, reproductive health decisions, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disability status, genetic information (including family medical history), political views or activity, or other legally protected characteristics.
We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state, and local law. We may use your information to maintain the safety and security of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, its employees, and others as required or permitted by law.
If you’d like to view a copy of our affirmative action plans, please fill out an AAP Inspection Request Form. People of color, women, LGBTQIA+, immigrants, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.