Leadership in Flight Training Academy, a flight and aviation maintenance training school in Indianapolis, will send its graduates to Cape Air in a program to provide the airline with a pool of aviators to operate its daily passenger flights. Cape Air operates throughout the Midwest, Montana, the Northeast and the Caribbean.
LIFT Academy says the relationship enables it to promote workforce development in aviation and provide greater opportunity for pathways to commercial airline careers. Upon completion of flight training at LIFT Academy, graduates will transition to a first officer role at Cape Air until they are qualified to upgrade to captain status.
“With LIFT’s subsidized tuition and direct flow to Cape Air and then to Republic Airways for its pilots, this comprehensive program will allow individuals with the skill and the passion for flight to make their dreams of flying a reality,” said Dana Donati, general manager and director of academic services at LIFT.
According to LIFT, the partnership builds on existing synergies of the two aviation organizations.
“This relationship will enhance our pilot sourcing initiative, an initiative that has been a significant focus for our company over the past 12 years,” said Cape Air President Linda Markham. “LIFT Academy’s graduates will have an opportunity to benefit from Cape Air’s rigorous training program while working toward ATP flight hour requirements. Additionally, Cape Air will have the opportunity to hire skilled pilots from LIFT, where they are trained with airline readiness through every flight hour leading to their transition to Cape Air.”
LIFT Academy opened as a flight training school in 2018 and added a maintenance technician apprenticeship program to its offerings in 2019.