The Professional Pilot program is designed to meet the needs of students who plan a career as a pilot in commercial aviation. The program leads to F.A.A. certification as a commercial pilot with an instrument rating. Most classes take place at the Center for Advanced Aviation (CAA). The CAA is a newly renovated, 40,000 square foot facility adjacent to the Duluth International Airport’s flight line and right next door to Cirrus Aircraft. Students in this program begin flight training by the second week of class, and should earn their private Pilot license in their very first semester. View Catalog or Request Info
Skills & Knowledge
FAA Certifications earned: Private Pilot License Instrument Rating Commercial Pilot License Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) Certification Multi-Engine Certification (airplane)
Plan Your Education
The Program Guide is a tool to help you map out how to successfully get your degree at Lake Superior College.Program Guide
Approximate total tuition & fees with the flight fees listed below for MN residents to complete this degree.
The aviation degree may be completed in 2 years if prerequisites are complete.
Potential Career Opportunities
- Regional air carrier pilot
- Freight pilot
- Charter pilot
- Helicopter pilot
- Pipeline Patrol
- Airplane flight instructor
- Aviation safety inspector
Duluth Hourly Wage
Minnesota Hourly Wage
US Hourly Wage
ALL FLIGHT-ASSOCIATED FEES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. All students are responsible for the balances in their flight accounts. Do not assume your financial aid or VA dollars will cover the expenses of your flight lab fees in full. Veteran Educational Benefits are available to Veteran students. We will do all we can to help you through the details, but ultimately it is a student’s responsibility to know their status.
***Flight Fees are subject to change. Lake Superior College does it’s best to accurately publish fees, but sometimes things outside of our control may cause changes in flight fees.
Program participation requirements
All LSC Flight Students must meet Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requirements. U.S. citizens must provide the following to the flight school: A valid unexpired U.S. passport, or
- Original birth certificate and a government issued picture ID, or
- Original certificate of birth abroad with raised seal and government issued ID, or
- Original certificate of US citizenship with raised seal and government issued ID, or
- Original US naturalization certificate with raised seal and government issued ID.
Students in this program must pass a Class II FAA Medical certification in order to fly at LSC. If you are not from the Duluth/Superior area, you can look on the FAA website for an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) near you. Local Flight Physical AME’s:
Paul A. Jones Essentia Health Lakewalk 1502 London Road Suite 102 (218) 727-8228
Steven Long Mount Royal Medical Center 1400 Woodland Ave 218-249-8800
Janus Butcher Physicians Specialty Clinic SMMC 3500 Tower Ave. Superior WI 715-392-1251