Republic Airways Holdings will open Leadership In Flight Training (LIFT) Academy, a U.S.-based aviation training school at the Indianapolis International Airport in Indiana. LIFT Academy, will use advanced technology and systems to train future aviators.

Republic says it will leverage its history in developing advanced training and safety curriculum to create a direct pipeline of highly skilled commercial pilots for the airline – and that it is opening LIFT Academy to make a commercial pilot career more accessible by reducing the high cost of flight training, encouraging greater pilot diversity and raising awareness of the need for more pilots.

Student recruitment is open with monthly enrollment opportunities and the first class beginning in September. LIFT Academy features a structured education environment and curriculum that combines flight, flight simulator, online and in-classroom training. Students will be trained using the latest aviation technology and evaluated using real-time data inputs designed to create highly skilled, professionally developed commercial airline pilots.

Republic and Vincennes University (VU), also in Indiana, are forming a long-term training partnership that will have VU flight students complete their flight training at LIFT Academy, with the opportunity to become part of Republic Airline’s career pathway program. It will also give LIFT Academy students the option to pursue an online associate's degree from VU.

LIFT Academy students will train on a fleet of new aircraft and flight simulators produced by Diamond Aircraft Industries, including the DA40 single-engine and the DA42 twin-engine aircraft and Diamond Flight Simulator Training Devices (FSTD).

LIFT says it offers an alternative to traditional career paths, providing high school graduates, military veterans and career changers a direct path to become First Officers at Republic Airline. LIFT students can complete training and the FAA-required flight hours and earn a commercial pilot certification, with the guaranteed path to Republic after graduation.

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