Republic Airways and LIFT Academy select VRflow

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Republic Airways and LIFT Academy select VRpilot’s immersive training technology

Left to right: Daniel Maass (Partner, VRpilot), Nirav Shah (CIO, Republic Airways), Thor P. Andersen (Partner, VRpilot), Andrew Petry (Director of Flight Training, Republic Airways)

Indianapolis-based Republic Airways, a major US regional carrier, has selected VRpilot’s virtual reality pilot training solution, VRflow, for its Embraer E170/E175 operation. Republic Airways has already begun initial implementation work of VRpilot’s technology. Concurrently, Leadership in Flight Training (LIFT) Academy, founded by Republic Airways Holdings, will deploy VRflow for their fleet of Diamond DA40 and DA42 aircraft for a standardized procedure training suite across the entire operation.

Nirav Shah, CIO, Republic Airways, shared: “In our efforts to continue to modernize the training, we are very excited to partner with VRpilot to launch this VR-based training for E170/175, DA40 and DA42. Having technology at the core of everything we do allows us to embrace initiatives like this that not only elevate our team member experience and learning but also help to continue to modernize the aviation industry.”

Thor Paulli Andersen, Partner, VRpilot, shared: “Republic’s technology-driven and streamlined operation is a perfect match for what our technology offers. We are proud to offer the current and future pilots of Republic Airways with our products, offering them a standardized procedure training experience from ab initio training at LIFT Academy throughout their career as airline pilots with Republic Airways.”

Each of Republic Airways and LIFT Academy will deploy VRpilot’s procedure training platform, VRflow, on Meta Quest Pro headsets.


About Republic Airways

Founded in 1974 and based in Indianapolis, Indiana, Republic Airways is one of the largest regional airlines in the U.S. Republic operates a fleet of 215+ Embraer 170/175 aircraft and offers scheduled passenger service with over 900 daily flights to 80 cities in the U.S. and Canada. Republic offers fixed-fee flights operated under our major airline partner brands of American Eagle, Delta Connection and United Express. The airline employs about 6,000 aviation professionals. Learn more at


About LIFT Academy

In May 2018, Republic Airways Holdings founded Leadership In Flight Training (LIFT) Academy, a commercial aviation pilot and maintenance technician training school in Indianapolis. LIFT uses state-of-the-art training technologies that combine flight, flight simulator, online and in-classroom training. Graduates may have a defined pathway to a job as a pilot or aircraft maintenance technician at Republic Airways. Learn more at


About VRpilot

VRpilot is a leading provider of virtual reality training solutions for the aviation industry. Its innovative VR technology is designed to enhance pilot and maintenance training by offering realistic, immersive experiences that improve skills and knowledge in a safe and controlled environment. For more information about VRpilot, please visit

LIFT Academy student training flows in the E175 using VRflow
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