Our Program

It’s pretty simple: we’re training and hiring pilots

What makes LIFT unlike any other training academy is the way we approach training to make our students airline ready.

In order to make sure our students are ready to fly for commercial airlines after graduation, we’re providing them with:

Advanced Training

Students will benefit from instruction that goes beyond FAA and industry standards provided by experienced aviation professionals. They’ll also receive training on advanced flight simulators produced by Diamond Aircraft Industries that provides the most realistic cockpit simulation environment.

Advanced Technology

When it’s time to get in the plane, students will receive flight training on advanced new Diamond aircraft, including the DA40 single-engine and the DA42 twin-engine aircraft.

The Chance to Earn While You Learn

Our students have the chance to become certificated flight instructors, where they'll be paid to instruct other students while building flight time and the skills necessary to become successful leaders in the aviation field.

A Preferred Pathway to Republic After Completion

Students who successfully complete the program will have a preferred pathway to a career as a pilot with Republic Airways.

Flexible Program Options

We’re proud to evolve our programs to have flexibility for anyone wanting to #FlyWithLIFT. There’s no better place to train–with our brand new, well-maintained Diamond DA40 single engine and DA42 twin engine aircraft, we have the most state-of-the-art fleet in North America.

Whether you’re seeking to complete all your flight training through LIFT or maybe just earn a rating or certificate (or two), LIFT offers options to fit your flying goals. The cost of tuition varies by the rating you seek to accomplish.

Cost by license

  • Private: $17,500
  • Instrument: $17,000
  • Commercial: $25,200
  • Multi-engine: $7,300
  • CFI: $7,000
  • CFII: $5,000
  • MEI: $6,000

TOTAL: $85,000

LIFT tuition is less than most pilot training programs and far less expensive than many four-year degrees (it generally takes three years or less to become a commercial airline pilot). The cost of training includes one checkride per rating. Each rating has an hours cap. For students that exceed the time limits, they will need to purchase extra time to continue their training. Below are the hour maximums and costs per hour for additional training (if needed):

  • Private: 60 hours
  • Instrument: 51 hours
  • Commercial: 120 hours
  • Multi-engine: 15 hours
  • CFI: 12 hours
  • CFII: 10 hours
  • MEI: 15 hours

TOTAL: 283 hours

Additional hours beyond allotted fight time

DA40NG: $240/hour
DA42: $340/hour

Other costs that students may incur include flight equipment and their LIFT uniform. All items can be purchased at the company store.

All students who complete their training at LIFT are offered a preferred interview with Republic Airways.

More information on tuition and financing will be made available at the time a student is accepted into LIFT.






    If you already hold a certificate or rating and are considering joining a LIFT program, this course is essential in understanding our training. It includes a brief overview on DA40 systems and flight profiles, as well as the local airspace and Air Traffic Control (ATC) procedures. You must complete this course within 12 months of taking any proficiency course (see below).

  • G1000 PRIMER – $725 –

    If you have flight experience but have not used a G1000 before, this course is for you! To ensure you have the requisite skills needed to successfully complete the VFR or IFR course, the G1000 Primer course is required unless you are already proficient. A lack of knowledge or proficiency in the G1000 will negatively affect your ability to complete the VFR or IFR course and will likely cause you to add more flight hours if you start in the Licensed program with a rating. All LIFT aircraft are new DA-40NG and DA-42 and come standard with G1000.




    This a great way to brush up on your skills to stay current. Necessary only every 24 months for current pilots to stay recent. Must complete the LIFT familiarization course and G1000 Primer (unless proficient in G1000 already).


    Currency requirements for instrument must be maintained every six months. Like VFR, this must be completed with the LIFT familiarization course and G1000 Primer (unless proficient in G1000 already).

Download the pdf about additional training options here 


“We believe the joy of flight should be available to all, and we're proud that LIFT Academy offers intellectually curious, aspiring aviators a world-class training program and a professional environment that best prepares them for a career in the airline industry.”

– Matt Koscal, Senior Vice President, Republic Airways

One year is all it takes

While students can train at their own pace, this timeline illustrates a timeline for a student who wants to be on an accelerated track and who is seeking to become a pilot at Republic Airways following graduation. This example illustrates a student who dedicated four to five hours a day, five days a week to the classroom, in the flight simulator and in the plane during training:

2 Months

Private Pilot License

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.

2 Months

Instrument Rating

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.

6 Months

Commercial & Multi-Engine Rating

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.

2 Months

Certificated Flight Instructor

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 and II checkrides, you, the student, have now become the teacher, and are prepared, certified and paid to teach LIFT pilots how to be safe and effective. Congratulations!


Ready for the Airlines!

Congratulations, you're ready to be a pilot for a commercial airline!


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