Becoming a commercial airline pilot is a dream for many. It’s also difficult to decide where to start, earn the right ratings and certifications, and achieve this dream — especially when there are so many flight schools to choose from in the United States. At LIFT Academy, we understand how hard this decision can be. That’s why we have built our flight training program with the best technology, knowledgeable instructors and cutting-edge curriculum — so you can get in the air faster.
If you’re thinking about which flight school or program is right for you, you’ve found the right place to learn a bit more about what to look for and how LIFT could be your best option for a rewarding career in aviation.
When looking to learn how to fly, it’s crucial to find out how a flight training program can help you reach your goals — and how long it would take to do so. At LIFT Academy, we train students from day one to become commercial airline pilots. Our Republic Airways Career Pathway Program, for example, takes 12-18 months to complete, and once you earn the necessary flight hours, you have a defined pathway to Republic Airways.
With one of the fastest timelines to actually getting behind the controls in the flight deck, LIFT helps you every step of the way and sets you on the course for success.
Next, it’s important to look at the technology and aircraft each flight school offers. Without flight simulators and modern aircraft, navigating the intricacies of current commercial aircraft may be complicated and set you up for a longer timeline.
LIFT Academy offers state-of-the-art technology from Diamond Aircraft in both our simulators and planes. Whether you’re on the ground or in the skies, you receive a premier education that sets you up for success. You and other students begin training in the flight simulators, which are built to exact standards and mimic the flight decks of our Diamond DA40 single-engine and DA42 multi-engine planes. Once you achieve your ratings and step into the planes, you will feel right at home.
Flight school can be expensive. It’s one of the biggest challenges many who want to fly face. With many flight schools, there’s no defined pathway to a specific plane or airline position. This means you aren’t specifically training for a career with one of them. While students at these flight schools might go on to become amazing pilots, it’s important to understand financially what you’re getting into when you start training.
LIFT Academy is fully owned by Republic Airways. Each student at LIFT has a defined pathway to Republic. Once you start at LIFT, you know exactly where your hard-earned money is going and where you can end up upon graduation.
Even when you finish your training, you can continue to earn flight hours while making money as a Certificated Flight Instructor, or CFI, at LIFT. The best part? LIFT Academy currently offers additional student tuition incentives. This means that when you commit to a timeline and to a career with Republic, you have the chance to get money back from your tuition expenses while also making a great wage as a CFI.
If finances are a concern for the long run, LIFT Academy is committed to our promise of being an affordable, attainable and premier flight training program that throws the hangar doors open to anyone interested in becoming a commercial airline pilot. We offer student housing for those who qualify and partner with local universities if you want to earn your certifications while also earning a degree.
When you decide to start your aviation journey and find out why flying as a commercial airline pilot can be rewarding, make sure to find the flight training program that can offer you the best of the best. If you’re looking at flight schools near you, LIFT Academy has campuses in both Indianapolis, Indiana and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
If our program sounds like the right place for you, take our Flight Training Readiness Quiz and get started today!