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

The airline industry is facing a significant pilot shortage, with reports indicating that 637,000 new commercial airline pilots will be needed worldwide by 2036.

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 direct-to-hire path for its graduates. Students train on state-of-the-art, eco-friendly training technologies 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 guaranteed job as a pilot with Republic when they do.

More jets mean more jobs

As LIFT and Republic continue to grow, so do our fleets of Diamond single- and twin-engine DA40 and DA42 aircraft and Embraer 170/175 jets. In order for them to get safely off the ground, we need aviation maintenance technicians.

That’s why LIFT has launched its aviation maintenance apprenticeship program, to create a much-needed pool of highly qualified licensed aviation maintenance 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 a guaranteed job will be waiting at Republic as an aviation maintenance technician.

The demand for maintenance technicians is 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, apply to see if you qualify.

The Republic difference

As pilots at Republic Airways, LIFT graduates will be joining a company that cares deeply about its Associates as well as local and global communities. With approximately 5,700 aviation professionals who live around the world, Republic Associates have an opportunity to have an impact on the cities where they live and on the lives of people in need in some of the poorest countries on the planet.

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

Just two examples of how Republic brings their Guiding Principles to life:

Pulling for Wishes Plane Pull

This annual event is a fundraiser for the Indiana Children’s Wish Fund. To date, the Plane Pull has raised more than $2.4 million and enabled ICWF to grant nearly 200 wishes to Indiana children suffering with life-threatening or terminal illnesses.

Food for the Poor

Republic partners with Food for the Poor to improve the living conditions of the 5,000 impoverished residents of Barriere Battant, Haiti. Many of these men, women and children live in shacks and have no access to running water or a sewage system. Republic, along with its partners, is working to build 80 homes equipped with water and sanitation, drill and install water wells and build a school. Not only is Republic working to provide the most basic of needs but also to give these loving, hardworking people hope.

Learn more about these initiatives and Republic on rjet.com.


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.

LIFT Maintenance

LIFT Academy is supported by LIFT Maintenance, a team of talented aviation maintenance technicians 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, and in our minds, they’re the best of the best!


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