Get your Pilot Certificates and Ratings with us.

We will customize your training to fit your needs. We have 10 hour blocks of time available to purchase. Additionally, we also provide additional training in the form of Flight Reviews, Instrument Proficiency Checks, Complex Endorsement Training, and Cirrus Transition Training.

Discovery Flight Package

We provide a 30 minute duration introductory flight lesson. Gift Certificates are available.

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Our instructors can teach in your plane or ours.

If you own a plane but need refresher, recurrent, or additional training, our instructors can help.

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Meet Our Flight and Ground Instructors

Lis Hendrickson

Mark Sowl

Total time exceeds 4000 hours.

Lis has a FAA Commercial certificate. She is also a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI/CFII) as well as a Platinum Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot. Lis is well known in the Duluth/Superior area and beyond. She specializes in advanced pilot instruction; instrument rating, commercial certificate, CFI certificate and Cirrus transitions.

Mark Sowl

Mark Sowl


Mark has been a pilot since 1975.  He is a retired US Marine Officer and a retired Captain, Duluth Fire Department.  He has been interested in aviation since his days as an enlisted crewmember on aircraft in Vietnam.  He currently is a Command Pilot in the Civil Air Patrol and an Aircraft Commander in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary Air.   He holds an FAA Commercial Certificate and is licensed as a CFI, CFII and MEI and was initially certified as a flight instructor in 1988.  Mark has been very active during the past four years instructing in various aircraft in the Duluth Superior area and has prepared numerous students as Private, Instrument, Commercial, and Certified Flight Instructor pilots in single and multi-engine aircraft.

Dan Mini

Dan Mini with Duluth Flying Club

Total hours exceeds 10,000 hours

Dan is a veteran with approximately 4000 hours flying with the AirForce. He holds a FAA Commercial certificate as well as a Flight Instructor with Instrument certificate and Multi-Engine Instructor rating. Dan is a graduate of UWS with a B.S. in sociology and history.

Collin Blair

Collin CFI in Duluth

Collin has an FAA Commercial certificate and is a Certified Flight Instructor with over 500 hours. He started flying in 2012 as a family hobby then later pursued aviation professionally attending the University of North Dakota where he earned a B.S. in Aeronautics.

Lauren Entringer

Lauren Entringer CFI in Duluth

Lauren holds an FAA Commercial Certificate for Single Engine and Multi-Engine Land Aircraft. She is a Certified Flight Instructor, CFII, MEI, and AGI. She received her B.S. in Aviation Science with an emphasis in Professional Piloting from Utah Valley University online while pursuing all of her flight ratings in her hometown of Green Bay, WI.

Samanth Ripley

Samantha earned her Private Pilot Certificate at Iowa Lakes Community College at 18 the summer after graduating high school. She then went on to earn her B.S. in Aeronautics at UND majoring in Commercial Aviation. While at college she did aerobatic flying in the Super Decathlon. She is a CFI and CFII and has her Multi-Engine rating. Samantha also works for Lake Country Service LLC down at Sky Harbor airport.

Flight instructors are welcome to apply.

We’re always interested in working with first-rate flight instructors. Contact us at for more information.