Republic Airways pilot honored as founder of Indianapolis ACE Academy

Republic Airways Capt. Ryan Lynch, founder of the Indianapolis Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy sponsored by Republic Airways, has been recognized for business and industry achievement by the Center for Leadership Development (CLD) in Indianapolis, the company said.

Lynch accepted the award during the recent 38th annual Minority Achievers Awards ceremony at the Indiana Convention Center, which drew hundreds of Central Indiana´s most influential business, educational and civic leaders to honor those making a difference in today´s minority youth community.

Approved and recognized by the FAA, the Indianapolis ACE Academy is a two-week, hands-on summer camp devoted to teaching middle and high school students the fundamentals of aerodynamics, aviation history, government affairs, as well as how to become a pilot — all tailored to STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) education. Since its launch 2010, the non-profit camp has enrolled about 1,100 students, many from the inner city. There are about 30 ACE Academy chapters across the country.

Republic Airways, parent company of Republic Airline, operates a fleet of about 190 Embraer 170/175 aircraft and offers scheduled passenger service with about 950 daily flights to 100 cities in 40 US states, Canada, the Caribbean and Central America. The Indianapolis-based airline provides fixed-fee flights operated under its major airline partner brands of American Eagle, Delta Connection and United Express. The airline employs about 5,500 aviation professionals. Visit for more information,