INDIANAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jul 1, 2021–

Under a new strategic workforce development relationship, Leadership in Flight Training (LIFT) Academy, a flight and aviation maintenance training school in Indianapolis, will send LIFT graduates to Cape Air in a flow program to provide Cape Air a talented pool of aviators to operate its daily passenger flights throughout their four regions in the Midwest, Montana, Caribbean and the Northeast.

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This relationship enables LIFT Academy and Cape Air to promote workforce development in aviation and provide greater opportunity for pathways to commercial airline careers. Upon completion of their 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. As Cape Air pilots, they will build invaluable flight experience, prior to flowing to Republic Airways, a commercial regional airline that operates daily passenger flights for American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines.

“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.

“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.”

The relationship between LIFT Academy and Cape Air builds on existing synergies of the two aviation organizations. Donati is one of a few female aviation academy leaders in the country, and Markham serves as one of a few female presidents in the airline industry. Markham is the board chair for Women in Aviation International (WAI) and served as the first female board chair for the Regional Airline Association (RAA). Donati serves on the FAA’s Women in Aviation Advisor Board, which began in 2019 to provide advice and recommendations to the FAA in supporting women’s involvement in aviation.

In connection with the collaboration, LIFT Academy, through its parent company Lynx Aviation, has made a minority investment in Hyannis Air Service (d/b/a Cape Air) as an opportunity to broaden its workforce development initiatives with a strong strategic partner. LIFT’s mission since inception has been to broaden diversity within the cockpit and maintenance hangars. Traditional barriers to flight training and airline careers include cost and accessibility, and this workforce development relationship aims to remove those barriers for its participants. This strategic relationship creates a defined pathway for career progression, making aviation an attractive opportunity for those who may not have believed it to be possible before.

INDIANAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jul 1, 2021–

Under a new strategic workforce development relationship, Leadership in Flight Training (LIFT) Academy, a flight and aviation maintenance training school in Indianapolis, will send LIFT graduates to Cape Air in a flow program to provide Cape Air a talented pool of aviators to operate its daily passenger flights throughout their four regions in the Midwest, Montana, Caribbean and the Northeast.

This relationship enables LIFT Academy and Cape Air to promote workforce development in aviation and provide greater opportunity for pathways to commercial airline careers. Upon completion of their 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. As Cape Air pilots, they will build invaluable flight experience, prior to flowing to Republic Airways, a commercial regional airline that operates daily passenger flights for American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines.

“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.

“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.”

The relationship between LIFT Academy and Cape Air builds on existing synergies of the two aviation organizations. Donati is one of a few female aviation academy leaders in the country, and Markham serves as one of a few female presidents in the airline industry. Markham is the board chair for Women in Aviation International (WAI) and served as the first female board chair for the Regional Airline Association (RAA). Donati serves on the FAA’s Women in Aviation Advisor Board, which began in 2019 to provide advice and recommendations to the FAA in supporting women’s involvement in aviation.

In connection with the collaboration, LIFT Academy, through its parent company Lynx Aviation, has made a minority investment in Hyannis Air Service (d/b/a Cape Air) as an opportunity to broaden its workforce development initiatives with a strong strategic partner. LIFT’s mission since inception has been to broaden diversity within the cockpit and maintenance hangars. Traditional barriers to flight training and airline careers include cost and accessibility, and this workforce development relationship aims to remove those barriers for its participants. This strategic relationship creates a defined pathway for career progression, making aviation an attractive opportunity for those who may not have believed it to be possible before.

LIFT Academy opened as a flight training school in 2018 and

New York, NY – NWSL club NJ/NY Gotham FC (formerly Sky Blue FC), and Downtown United Soccer Club (DUSC) have announced a joint-partnership to launch a Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) team.

The WPSL team will operate under the name NJ/NY Gotham Reserves, and serve as the NWSL side’s official reserves team. NJ/NY Gotham Reserves will begin competition with the 2021 WPSL season, which begins in May.

“Having the opportunity to extend our reach within the women’s game and develop a pipeline of talent towards the pro team is an important step for us as a Club.” said Alyse LaHue, NJ/NY Gotham FC General Manager.

The creation of this reserves team marks a period of heightened investment from NJ/NY Gotham FC in the NYC region. The club initiated a landmark rebrand on April 6th, 2021, to better serve the growing audience and diversity that currently represents the club’s fanbase.

“Collaborating with DUSC on this endeavor expands our resources to be able to provide the best experience possible to players within the Club” continued LaHue. “This project also provides us further extension into New York City, where we’ve had a tremendous fan base and support over the years. As a club we are fully committed to being a part of the development of women’s soccer within NYC.”

Downtown United Soccer Club (DUSC) is the most comprehensive youth soccer club in NYC, serving approximately 5,000 participants annually. Founded in 1982, DUSC offers a Soccer For All approach to programming for ages 3-23 through its Recreation Leagues, Camps, Classes and its Travel Academy program. The girls program at DUSC is committed to elevating girls and women’s leadership, along with diversity in NYC and is proud to be one of the few programs that has women in leadership roles across the board.

“We’re excited to be working with NJ/NY Gotham FC in this venture as it’s a huge step for our girls and women’s program at DUSC,” said Leanne Campbell, the DUSC Technical Director of NJ/NY Gotham Reserves. “A WPSL team shows how dedicated DUSC is to growing the women’s game in NYC and offering our youth players a clear pathway towards the professional game. It’s something that has been missing for a long time in the greater NYC area.”

The Gotham Reserves coaching staff will be comprised of representatives from NJ/NY Gotham FC and DUSC, respectively. Becki Tweed, current NJ/NY Gotham FC Assistant Coach, and Eleri Earnshaw, DUSC Girls Academy Coach, will serve as Co-Head Coaches of the Reserves squad.

The team will be competing in the WPSL Metropolitan Conference – South Division with a seven-game regular season, followed by league playoffs. All home games will be played at Randall’s Island in NYC.