Meet our Instructors

Our Team

Our experienced instructors are dedicated to providing the highest quality flight training, ensuring each student reaches their full potential.

Lis Hendrickson

Chief Flight Instructor

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.

Collin Blair

Director of Operations

Collin is an experienced pilot and certified Flight Instructor with a passion for aviation. With over 1000 hours of flight experience and 3 years of teaching experience at the Duluth Flying Club, he is dedicated to helping aspiring pilots reach their goals. He holds an FAA Commercial Certificate and has a strong background in aviation, having honed his skills through his studies at the University of North Dakota where he earned a B.S. in Aeronautics. Collin is committed to providing top-notch training and guidance to his students, helping them become confident and skilled pilots.

Mark Swol

Flight Instructor

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

Flight Instructor

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

Travis Dauplasie

Flight Instructor

Travis studied at Lake Superior College for an Associates in Professional Aviation. He has his commercial single-engine and multi-engine as well as CFI. He started instructing in 2021 at Lake Superior College before beginning work at Fly Duluth.

Kaito Richmond

Flight Instructor

Kaito has a Commercial Pilot Certificate and is a Certified Flight Instructor. He started flying in 2018 during his freshman year at Purdue University. Kaito has since earned his B.S. in Professional Flight Technology from Purdue University. He has instructed for Purdue University and the non-profit, Able Flight, before moving to Duluth.