About LIFT Academy

It's a new day in aviation training

The Leadership In Flight Training (LIFT) Academy was born out of a desire to transform the standard pilot training model into one that is more widely attainable and attractive. By offering tuition that is more affordable than other pilot training programs, as well as a direct classroom-to-cockpit opportunity, LIFT has thrown the hangar doors wide open to a world of possibilities for men and women who thought becoming a pilot was simply not within reach.

LIFT is owned and operated by Republic Airways, based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Republic offers scheduled passenger service with about 1000 daily flights to 100 cities in 40 U.S. states, Canada, the Caribbean and Central America. The airline provides fixed-fee flights operated under its major airline partner brands of American Eagle, Delta Connection and United Express.

A program with a purpose

By creating LIFT, Republic took a unique, proactive approach to addressing this growing shortage, becoming the only regional airline to operate its own training academy specifically designed to create a fast-track path to become a commercial airline pilot for its graduates. Students train on state-of-the-art, eco-friendly training aircraft with our Diamond DA40 and DA42 fleet along with flight simulators built to achieve the most realistic cockpit environment.

This innovative, cutting-edge program provides LIFT students with the skills they need to succeed, along with a preferred pathway to a career as a pilot with Republic Airways.

LIFT Maintenance

LIFT Academy is supported by LIFT Maintenance, a team of talented aviation maintenance technicians (AMTs) who perform all inspections and repairs on LIFT’s Diamond Aircraft fleet. This work includes 100 hour inspections and around-the-clock maintenance coverage. All LIFT Maintenance staff have intensive factory training from Diamond Aircraft, Austro Engines and Garmin. We know that our state-of-the-art fleet is only as good as our team that maintains them, and we’re fortunate to have some of the best AMTs in the industry.

That’s why LIFT has launched its aviation maintenance technician apprenticeship program, to provide an opportunity for our highly qualified licensed AMTS to train the next generation of skilled aviation technicians. Apprentices will earn while they learn under the tutelage of LIFT and Republic licensed maintenance technicians, working nose to tail on our fleets. Upon successful completion of the program, apprentices will be fully ready for a career as an AMT.

The demand for maintenance technicians continues to be sky high! That’s why Republic and LIFT are seeking individuals who are mechanically inclined to train for this rewarding career. If you’re a high school graduate, consider this hands-on, exciting opportunity .


Our students’ success begins with our experienced and talented LIFT staff. From admissions to mechanical and everything in between, our Associates play a crucial role in ensuring that our students have the best experience possible.

The Republic difference

LIFT students and staff are part of a company that has more than 45 years of proven success and an impeccable safety record. With approximately 6,000 aviation professionals who live around the world, Republic Airways is an airline that is centered around its people, with an environment where they not only build their careers but build meaningful relationships within the Republic family.

Republic Associates live by the company’s Guiding Principles, which are:

  • Be good stewards of our resources
  • Encourage a culture of fun and action
  • Strive for excellence in everything we do
  • Trust, respect and care for one another

Learn more about Republic on rjet.com.

LIFT Partnerships

LIFT Academy is proud to have strong partnerships that support and enhance its mission to train the next generation of aviators and make the pathway to becoming a pilot one that is more easily accessed and navigated to create a more diverse aviation industry.

One such partnership includes Vincennes University, where you can earn your college degree while becoming a pilot at LIFT.


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