L3 Airline Academy Welcomes Republic Airways into Pilot Pathway Program

SANFORD, Fla. (August 5, 2014) – In partnership with Republic Airways, L3 Airline Academy , an accredited global flight school, is addressing the urgent need for new first officer pilots via the Airline Pilot Pathway Program.

Designed to ensure pilots’ successful employment at Republic Airways, the program includes a dedicated screening and selection process followed by professional flight training and preparation at L3 Airline Academy ’s Central Florida campus.  Additionally, upon reaching 1,200 hours of total flight time, cadets who successfully complete program requirements will earn a guaranteed interview and job offer from Republic Airways.

An experienced, international leader in aviation training, L3 Airline Academy has successfully placed more than 300 first officer pilots at 30 airlines and trained pilots for service in more than 15 countries including China, Taiwan, Colombia, France, Belgium, Khazakstan, and the United Kingdom over the past five years.

“L3 Airline Academy takes pride in our successful history of supplying the airline industry with first rate pilots and we are pleased Republic Airways has joined our esteemed list of Pilot Pathway Program partners,” says L3 Airline AcademyVice President and Flight Academy Executive Director Hank Coates. “We are committed to addressing the workforce needs of the aviation industry by producing the most safe, effective, and professional pilots.”

The Republic Airways Pilot Pathway Program ensures graduates meet the airlines’ hiring requirements and have access to a professional aviation career by focusing on airline preparation from day one. The program emphasizes discipline and respect, leadership and communication, effective resource management, command authority, and decision making.

“We are dedicated to hiring only the safest, most competent, and professional pilots to fly our valued customers,” said Alex Osleger, Director of Operations for Chautauqua Airlines. “Our partnership with L3 Airline Academy confirms that commitment and will allow us to continue our rich tradition of safe, clean, and reliable air service for years to come.”

Celebrating 25 Years of Aviation Training Excellence


Originally established in 1989 and based at the Orlando Sanford International Airport, L3 Airline Academy is the only flight school originally owned and operated by airlines; Comair Airlines and Delta Air Lines. Today, under the name of L3 Airline Academy , the rich history of professional pilot training continues with flight training courses approved by the FAA under 14 CFR Part 141 and specialized flight training under 14 CFR Part 61.


L3 Airline Academy is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) and provides a professional flight training environment based on sophisticated airline standards. The Academy is dedicated to quality, safety, reliability, and performance and strives to turn students into successful airline pilots and exceed the expectations of airlines worldwide.


In its 25 years of operation, L3 Airline Academy has provided more than 2 million hours of flight instruction to more than 7,000 pilots and issued more than 20,000 licenses and certificates, while growing its reputation as a globally recognized flight training academy with an award-winning maintenance department.

For further information about flight training and pathways to the airlines:

About Republic Airways Holdings

Started 40 years ago as the small turboprop commuter Chautauqua Airlines in Jamestown, N.Y., Indianapolis-based Republic Airways Holdings has grown into one of the nation’s largest regional carriers with $1.4 billion in revenue, a fleet of about 250 aircraft and about 1,350 scheduled daily flights to about 110 cities in the U.S, Canada and the Bahamas. Its livery includes Embraer 145s, 170s, 175s, 190s and Bombardier Q400s. Republic operates the world’s largest fleet of Embraer aircraft.

Republic is an airline holding company that owns Chautauqua Airlines, Republic Airlines and Shuttle America, collectively “the airlines.” The airlines operate fixed-fee flights under major airline partner brands, including American Eagle, Delta Connection, United Express, and US Airways Express. The Company also operates scheduled public charter flights for Caesars Entertainment to several of its U.S. gaming properties.

The company employs about 6,300 aviation professionals across the country and is led by Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Bryan Bedford. For more information about Republic Airways, visit www.rjet.com.

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Editor’s Note: Executive interviews, onsite tours and images are available by contacting Laura E. Richeson, APR at 407.616.8108 or Laura@RichesonCommunications.com. 

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