While students can train at their own pace, this timeline of a Republic Airways Career Pathway Program student illustrates the accelerated path for students who seek to become pilots at Republic Airways following graduation. This example illustrates a student who dedicates four to five hours a day, at least five days a week to the classroom, in the flight simulator and in the plane during training:
This is where you learn the fundamentals of being a pilot. In the classroom, you’ll learn about aerodynamics, maps, aircraft systems and decision-making. You’ll take this knowledge to the DA40 NG single-engine airplane with your instructor, where you will blend science and the real world, improving your skills lesson by lesson. When you have proven to your instructor that you have the skills and knowledge that are required, you will take your first solo flight. For the rest of the Private Pilot phase, you will hone your skills to pass your checkride and receive your Private Pilot Certificate.
Now that you’re a pilot, it’s time to enhance your skills. Your instructor will help you learn how to read instruments, identify system failures and fly instrument approaches. You will use a “view limiting device” to restrict your view of the outside world through the windows, and you will learn how to fly from right after liftoff to the moments before landing by looking only at the instrument panel. This type of flying is how most airline flying is done and is the foundation of your professional flying career. Once you pass your checkride and add the Instrument Rating to your pilot’s certificate, you’ll be certified to fly day or night, rain or shine.
During your commercial rating, you’ll learn to execute some more complex maneuvers with tighter tolerances than ever before. You’ll be learning in an environment that is focused on real-world scenarios and decision-making, using all the knowledge and skills you’ve built up until this point. You’ll learn more about aircraft automation and resource management. After passing your initial commercial checkride, you’ll transition to the DA42-VI airplane with two engines and retractable landing gear. You’ll add the multi-engine commercial privileges to your pilot’s certificate after passing the add-on checkride in the DA42.
The final phase of your training as a student at LIFT Academy takes all you have learned and validates your ability to share this knowledge effectively to students. You’ll learn to teach in the classroom and the airplane. After passing the CFI, CFII and MEI checkrides, you, the student, have now become the teacher, and are prepared, certified and paid to teach LIFT students how to be safe and effective pilots. Congratulations!
Congratulations, you’re ready to be a pilot at Republic Airways!