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)

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The Program  Guide is a tool to help you map out how to successfully get your degree at Lake Superior College.

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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


Minnesota Median Wage


US Median Wage


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 fee per course
2016 - 2017 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 students please go to Resources to find more information about Veteran Educational Benefits. We will do all we can to help you through the details, but ultimately it is a student’s responsibility to know their status.

Helicopter flight fees per course

Course Description Flight Hrs Ground Hrs Flight Time Cost
AVIA 1255 Private Pilot Helicopter 60 100 $39,085.00
AVIA 1555 Instrument Pilot Helicopter 50 100 $31,360.00
AVIA 2155 Commercial Pilot Helicopter 30 75 $19,785.00
AVIA 2255 Certified Flight Instructor Helicopter 35 60 $22,690.00
AVIA 2335 External Load/Turbine Transition 30 46 $21,530.00
Cost per credit is $147.25 for MN Residents, go to Tuition & Fees for more details.

Airplane flight fees per course

Course Description Flight Hrs Ground Hrs Flight Time Cost
AVIA 1250 Private Pilot Airplane 50 50 $12,725.00
AVIA 1550 Instrument Pilot Airplane 56 50 $13,026.60
AVIA 2150 Commercial Pilot Airplane 55 50 $11,196.50
AVIA 2175 Commercial & Multi Engine Airplane 50 50 $15,685.00
AVIA 2250 Certified Flight Instructor Airplane 25 50 $7,415.00
AVIA 2275 Certified Flight Instructor Instrument 15 50 $5,522.75
AVIA 2285 Certified Flight Instructor Multi-Engine 15 50 $7,082.75
AVIA 2324 Seaplane rating (SES) 10 20 $4,020.50
AVIA 2326 Multi-Engine Airplane 15 50 $7,082.75

*AVIA 2275, AVIA 2285, AVIA 2324, and AVIA 2326 are not required courses

Flight fee detail
2016 - 2017 Academic Year

Hourly rates for helicopters
Robinson R-44 $530.00
Robinson R-22 $295.00
Bell 206 $1,200.00
Flight Instructor $39.00
Robinson R-22 is restricted to students under 180 lbs
Hourly rates for airplanes
Cessna 182RG $173.00
Cirrus SR20 $188.00
American Champion Citabria $162.00
Piper PA44T $292.00
Flight Instructor $32.35

***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.

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.

Non-U.S. citizens: Please call Joshua Debevec for more information at (218) 733- 7700

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:

Craig Anderson
Superior Health Medical Group
1502 London Road Suite 102

David Arvold
St. Luke’s Internal Med. Assoc
1001 E. Superior Street

Paul A. Jones
Essentia Health Lakewalk
1502 London Road Suite 102
(218) 727-8228

Steven Long
Mount Royal Medical Center
1400 Woodland Ave

Janus Butcher
Physicians Specialty Clinic SMMC
3500 Tower Ave.
Superior WI


General advisor: Emily Chapinski 218-733-5983
Program Director: Dan Traska 218-733-7737
Program faculty: Joshua Debevec 219-733-7700
Helicopter information: Eric Monson 218-213-7095
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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