Housing is the responsibility of each student but LIFT Academy offers students resources to help start your search. We have platforms to connect with current students for roommates or open rooms as well as partnerships with local housing and apartments. LIFT recruiters can assist in providing housing information.

LIFT is located at the Indianapolis International Airport. Instruction will be a combination of in-person flights, online training and studying and in-person ground and classroom lessons.

Classes start monthly. Training is year-round to accelerate your pathway to becoming a commercial airline pilot.

Tuition varies depending on what program you are in and what rating you start at. If you start at Private in the Republic Airways Career Pathway Program, LIFT Academy costs $90,000. Republic offers a $15,000 subsidy making training $75,000. Once you have graduated the program, Republic offers an additional $15,000 in tuition reimbursement to go towards paying off your loans, making the cost of LIFT Academy $60,000.

Start the application process here. Once we receive your application, we will send an email with next steps, and we’ll help you go from there.

At this time, our students need to be able to work in the U.S., but we may expand training to international students in the future.

In order to qualify for acceptance at LIFT, students must:

In addition, we’re looking for motivated individuals who have a passion for adventure! Applicants must be able to pass an FBI background check and an FAA medical examination, including random drug and alcohol tests. Good communication skills, including the ability to speak and be clearly understood in English, as well as good motor skills are also necessary. A pilot aptitude assessment will be utilized to help determine an applicant’s suitability.

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