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.

A program with a purpose

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 an option for a defined 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, LIFT apprentices take the FAA regulated oral, practical and written tests to get their Aviation Mechanic A&P Certificate and will be fully ready for a career as an AMT.

The demand for maintenance technicians continues to be sky high! That’s why LIFT is 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.

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.


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