Overview

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.

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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

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Airplane Track: $83,000

Helicopter Track: $151,000

Approximate total tuition & fees with the flight fees listed below for MN residents to complete this degree.

Tuition & Fees

2 Years

The pilot 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 Median Wage

$28

Minnesota Median Wage

$28

US Median Wage

$28

Source: MN DEED website as of July, 2015. Figures shown are median wages rounded down to the nearest whole number.

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Flight Fees: 2018-2019 Academic Year

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.

Archived Fees

2017-2018 Flight Fees

Flight Fees per Course

Airplane flight fees per course

Course Description Dual Flight
Hours
Solo Flight
Hours
Simulator
Hours
Pre / Post
Hours
Ground
Hours
Flight Time
Cost
AVIA 1250* Private Pilot Airplane 40 5 5 38.6 11.4 *** $14,215.00
AVIA 1550* Instrument Pilot Airplane 31 10 **** 14 35.5 16.5 *** $14,781.00
AVIA 2150* Commercial Pilot Airplane 40 0 15 28.7 11.3 *** $12,290.00
AVIA 2175* Commercial Pilot Airplane MEL/SEL 41 0 9 25.4 14.6 *** $16,388.00
AVIA 2250 Certified Flight Instructor Airplane 15 0 10 0 50 $7,945.00
AVIA 2275** CFI Instrument Airplane 15 0 0 0 50 $6,635.00
AVIA 2285** CFI Multi-Engine Airplane 15 0 0 0 50 $7,985.00
AVIA 2324** Seaplane Add On Rating SEL 10 0 0 0 20 $4,520.00
AVIA 2326** Multi-Engine Airplane 15 0 0 0 50 $7,985.00

* Indicates course is Pt. 141.
**AVIA 2275, AVIA 2285, AVIA 2324, and AVIA 2326 are not required courses.
***Remarks: Ground training will consist of the listed hours in addition to academic courses required as part of our Private Pilot, Instrument Pilot and Commercial Pilot TCOs. Tuition and fees for these courses are not included in Flight Time Cost listed above.
****Can be flown as solo time or PDPIC time.

Helicopter flight fees per course

Course Description Dual Flight
Hours
Solo Flight
Hours
Pre / Post
Hours
Ground
Hours
Flight Time
Cost
AVIA 1255* Private Pilot Helicopter 53 5 60 ** $40,195.00
AVIA 1555* Instrument Pilot Helicopter 48 0 75 ** $35,495.00
AVIA 2155* Commercial Pilot Helicopter 30 10 33 ** $27,655.00
AVIA 2255 Certified Flight Instructor Helicopter 30 0 75 ** $27,375.00
AVIA 2335* Turbine Trans/External Load 15 0 21 ** $17,260.00

*Indicates course is Pt. 141.
**Ground training will consist of academic courses required as part of our Private Pilot, Instrument Pilot, Commercial Pilot, and Turbine Transition/External Load TCOs. Tuition and fees for these courses are not included in Flight Time Cost listed above.

Cost per credit is $147.24 for MN Residents, go to Tuition & Fees for more details. Starting Fall 2018, LSC will charge the same rates regardless of a student’s state of residence. Non-Minnesota residents will pay the same tuition rates as Minnesota residents.

Flight fee detail per course

AVIA 1550 - Instrument Pilot Airplane Flight Lab

Item # of Hours Cost Per Hour Total Cost
Dual Flight Instruction Cirrus SR20* 31 $239.00 $7,409.00
Solo (or PDPIC) Flight Cirrus SR20** 10 $239.00 $2,390.00
Simulator Flight Instruction* 14 $131.00 $1,834.00
Pre/Post/ Ground Briefing 52 $49.00 $2,548.00
Check Ride -- -- $600.00
    Total Cost = $14,781.00

*Includes the rental cost per hour of the aircraft/simulator plus the $49.00/hr Flight Instructor fee.
**May be flown as Solo or PDPIC, price listed is as if flown PDPIC.
Remarks: Additional ground training consists of academic courses AVIA 1501 and AVIA 1550.  These courses are required as part of our Instrument Pilot TCO.  Tuition and fees for these academic courses are not included in total cost listed above.

AVIA 2150 - Commercial Pilot Airplane Flight Lab

Item # of Hours Cost Per Hour Total Cost
Dual Flight Instruction Cirrus SR20* 15 $239.00 $3,585.00
Dual Flight Instruction C172/182RG* 10 $239.00 $2,390.00
Dual Flight Instruction Citabria* 10 $239.00 $2,390.00
Simulator Flight Instruction* 15 $131.00 $1,965.00
Pre/Post/ Ground Briefing 40 $49.00 $1,960.00
    Total Cost = $12,290.00

*Includes the rental cost per hour of the aircraft/simulator plus the $49.00/hr Flight Instructor fee.
Remarks: Additional ground training consists of academic courses AVIA 2102 and AVIA 2140.  These courses are required as part of our Commercial Pilot TCO.  Tuition and fees for these academic courses are not included in total cost listed above.

AVIA 2175 - Commercial Pilot Airplane MEL/SEL Flight Lab

Item # of Hours Cost Per Hour Total Cost
Dual Flight Instruction C172/182RG* 16 $239.00 $3,824.00
Dual Flight Instruction PA 44T* 25 $329.00 $8,225.00
Simulator Flight Instruction* 9 $131.00 $1,179.00
Pre/Post/ Ground Briefing 40 $49.00 $1,960.00
Check Ride (x2) -- -- $1,200.00
    Total Cost = $16,388.00

*Includes the rental cost per hour of the aircraft/simulator plus the $49.00/hr Flight Instructor fee.
Remarks: Additional ground training consists of academic course AVIA 2165.  This course is required as part of our Commercial Pilot TCO.  Tuition and fees for this academic course are not included in total cost listed above.

AVIA 2250 - Certified Flight Instructor Airplane Flight Lab

Item # of Hours Cost Per Hour Total Cost
Dual Flight Instruction C172/182RG* 14 $239.00 $3,346.00
Dual Flight Instruction Citabria* 1 $239.00 $239.00
Simulator Flight Instruction* 10 $131.00 $1,310.00
Pre/Post/ Ground Briefing 50 $49.00 $2,450.00
Check Ride -- -- $600.00
    Total Cost = $7,945.00

*Includes the rental cost per hour of the aircraft/simulator plus the $49.00/hr Flight Instructor fee.
Remarks: Additional ground training consists of academic courses AVIA 2201 and AVIA 2240.  Tuition and fees for these academic courses are not included in total cost listed above.

AVIA 2275 - CFI Instrument Airplane Flight Lab

Item # of Hours Cost Per Hour Total Cost
Dual Flight Instruction Cirrus SR20* 15 $239.00 $3,585.00
Ground Instruction 50 $49.00 $2,450.00
Check Ride -- -- $600.00
    Total Cost = $6,635.00
*Includes the rental cost per hour of the aircraft/simulator plus the $49.00/hr Flight Instructor fee.

AVIA 2285 - CFI Multi Engine Airplane Flight Lab

Item # of Hours Cost Per Hour Total Cost
Dual Flight Instruction PA44T* 15 $329.00 $4,935.00
Ground Instruction 50 $49.00 $2,450.00
Check Ride -- -- $600.00
    Total Cost = $7,985.00
*Includes the rental cost per hour of the aircraft/simulator plus the $49.00/hr Flight Instructor fee.

AVIA 2324 - Seaplane Add-On Rating SEL Flight Lab

Item # of Hours Cost Per Hour Total Cost
Dual Flight Instruction Cessna 172 SES* 10 $294.00 $2,940.00
Ground Instruction 20 $49.00 $980.00
Check Ride -- -- $600.00
    Total Cost = $4,520.00
*Includes the rental cost per hour of the aircraft/simulator plus the $49.00/hr Flight Instructor fee.

AVIA 2326 - Multi-Engine Airplane Flight Lab

Item # of Hours Cost Per Hour Total Cost
Dual Flight Instruction PA 44T* 15 $329.00 $4,935.00
Ground Instruction 50 $49.00 $2,450.00
Check Ride -- -- $600.00
    Total Cost = $7,985.00
*Includes the rental cost per hour of the aircraft/simulator plus the $49.00/hr Flight Instructor fee.

AVIA 1250 - Private Pilot Airplane Flight Lab

Item # of Hours Cost Per Hour Total Cost
Dual Flight Instruction Cirrus SR20* 40 $239.00 $9,560.00
Solo Flight Cirrus SR20 5 $190.00 $950.00
Simulator Flight Instruction* 5 $131.00 $655.00
Pre/Post/ Ground Briefing 50 $49.00 $2,450.00
Check Ride -- -- $600.00
    Total Cost = $14,215.00

*Includes the rental cost per hour of the aircraft/simulator plus the $49.00/hr Flight Instructor fee.
Remarks: 58 hours of Ground School is conducted in academic courses AVIA 1201 and AVIA 1240.  These courses are a required part of our Private Pilot TCO.  Tuition and fees for these academic courses are not included in total cost listed above.

AVIA 1255 - Private Pilot Helicopter Flight Lab

Item # of Hours Cost Per
Hour
Total Cost
Dual Flight Instruction R-44 53 $590.00 $31,270.00
Solo Flight R-44 5 $530.00 $2,650.00
Pre/Post Flight Briefing 60 $60.00 $3,600.00
Check Ride* -- -- $2,500.00
POH + Check List +EFB** -- -- $175.00
    Total Cost = $40,195.00
*Includes aircraft, DPE, & Instructor. **Includes Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) and EFB upkeep.

AVIA 1555 - Instrument Pilot Helilcopter Flight Lab*

Item # of Hours Cost Per Hour Total Cost
Dual Flight Instruction R-44 48 $590.00 $28,320.00
Pre/Post Flight Briefing** 75 $60.00 $4,500.00
Check Ride*** -- -- $2,500.00
IFR + EFB**** -- -- $175.00
    Total Cost = $35,495.00

*The Robinson R22 is required to be utilized (if currently available) for students that meet the weight restrictions as required by the manufacturer.
** Includes 19 hours of one-on-one simulator instruction.
*** Includes aircraft, DPE, & Instructor.
**** Includes Electronic Flight Bag (EFB), EFB upkeep, & IFR equipment.

AVIA 2155 - Commercial Pilot Helicopter Flight Lab

Item # of Hours Cost Per Hour Total Cost
Dual Flight Instruction R-44 30 $590.00 $17,700.00
Solo Flight R-44 10 $530.00 $5,300.00
Pre/Post Flight Briefing 33 $60.00 $1,980.00
Check Ride* -- -- $2,500.00
EFB + EFB Upkeep -- -- $175.00
    Total Cost = $27,655.00

*Includes aircraft, DPE, & Instructor.

AVIA 2255 – Certified Flight Instructor Helicopter Flight Lab*

Item # of Hours Cost Per Hour Total Cost
Dual Flight Instruction R-44 30 $590.00 $17,700.00
Pre/Post Flight Briefing 75 $60.00 $4,500.00
Check Ride (x2)** -- -- $5,000.00
EFB + EFB Upkeep -- -- $175.00
    Total Cost =
$27,375.00

*The Robinson R22 is required to be utilized (if currently available) for students that meet the weight restrictions as required by the manufacturer.
**Includes aircraft, DPE, and Instructor.  Includes both Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) & Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (CFII) check ride costs.

AVIA 2335 - Turbine Transition/External Load Helicopter Flight Lab

Item # of Hours Cost Per Hour Total Cost
Dual Flight Instruction Bell 206  5 $1,350.00 $6,750.00
Dual Flight instruction R-44 15 $605.00* $9,075.00
Pre/Post Flight Briefing 21 $60.00 $1,260.00
EFB + EFB Upkeep -- -- $175.00
    Total Cost =
$17,260.00

*Includes External Load equipment surcharge.

Flight fee detail per aircraft

Hourly rates for helicopters

Aircraft Type Horsepower Hourly Rate
Robinson R-44 205 $530.00
Bell 206 420 $1,290.00
Flight Instructor - $60.00
Check Ride* - $2,500.00

*Includes DPE, aircraft, & Instructor.
Remarks:  The hourly cost for the R44 during the external load portion of AVIA 2335 will increase by $15/hr for the external load equipment surcharge.

Hourly rates for airplanes

Aircraft Type Horsepower Hourly Rate
American Champion Citabria 180 $190.00
Cessna 172RG 180 $190.00
Cessna 182RG 230 $190.00
Cirrus SR20 200 $190.00
Piper PA44T 180 $280.00
Cessna 172SES 160 $245.00
Flight Instructor - $49.00
Check Ride - $600.00

*Includes DPE, aircraft, & Instructor.
Remarks:  The hourly cost for the R44 during the external load portion of AVIA 2335 will increase by $15/hr for the external load equipment surcharge.

***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:

David Arvold St. Luke’s Internal Med. Assoc 1001 E. Superior Street 218-249-7960

David Arvold St. Luke’s Internal Med. Assoc 1001 E. Superior Street 218-249-7960

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

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Veteran Students:
We are proud of the fact that our flight program is approved for Veteran Educational Benefits. We will accept VA award letters or deposits of VA funds, personal funds, bank loan funds or financial aid award letters. Since many times VA checks come to you directly, we will not under any circumstance, grant fly time based on non-official documentation.
Students who are using Veteran Funding should work closely with an advisor and the VA Certifying Official at Lake Superior College to be sure they understand how their benefits work at LSC, for the flight school it can be complicated at first and there are some differences in registration for VA students. When you are registering for classes be sure the advisor helping you understands that you are VA funded so that issues can be avoided. Your funding is your responsibility so be sure that you understand your benefits.

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