LIFT Academy enrollment soars to new heights


In December 2023, LIFT Academy will welcome its largest class of students in the 5-year history of the program. With more than 65 newly enrolled students across four campuses, LIFT Academy will continue to help candidates launch their careers as commercial pilots. These students will learn all the necessary skills to prepare them for a career as an aviator, and with LIFT Academy they have a defined pathway to a career at Republic Airways. 

“As LIFT Academy grows, adding new campuses in 2023 in both Galveston, TX and Myrtle Beach, SC, so does our commitment to train the next generation of commercial airline pilots,” said Ed Bagden, Director, LIFT Academy Operations and Academic Programs. The fully operational campus in Myrtle Beach, SC will welcome 56 students, with Indianapolis, and the newly opened Galveston, TX campus adding another 18 students. All these new students will join our 365 active students already soaring to new heights. Students can also pursue associate and bachelor’s degrees at select campuses in affiliation with Purdue University Global, Indiana Wesleyan University, and Ivy Tech Community College.

About LIFT Academy

Leadership In Flight Training (LIFT) Academy is a U.S.-based commercial aviation pilot training school owned by Republic Airways. Headquartered in Indianapolis, LIFT provides commercial aviation training by utilizing a curriculum that combines flight, flight simulator, and online and in-classroom training. LIFT Academy students train on a fleet of aircraft produced by Diamond Aircraft Industries, including the DA40 single-engine, DA42 twin-engine and DA20 single-engine aircraft. Complementing this, LIFT has deployed Aviation Advanced Training Devices (AATDs) from Diamond Simulation and Frasca International. LIFT further enhances its training environment with immersive training devices (ITDs) crafted by Vertex Solutions, integrating the power of virtual reality into its curriculum. LIFT offers its graduates a defined pathway to a career as a commercial pilot at Republic Airways. LIFT Academy has locations in Indianapolis, Indiana, Galveston, Texas and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. To learn more about LIFT Academy powered by Republic Airways, visit


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