As a flight instructor since 1979, AOPA Project Pilot Mentor Captain Mark S. Hlavin has trained several students, but none would be more special than helping his son, Scott, complete his first solo.
"I know it was a great moment for him but also an unforgettable one for me," said Hlavin, who began mentoring his son in 2003 during the restoration of their Grumman American Lynx. "We worked together through the mechanical issues, paint, interior, and engine overhaul," he said. "What I treasure was the deeper bond that we formed not only as father and son, but also as fellow airmen."
Hlavin's son will join the Class of 2011 in the U.S. Air Force Academy. "I have no doubt that our mentoring project had a profound effect on his ability to achieve this high honor. Mentoring works," said Hlavin. Make a difference and join others who are inspiring future pilots through AOPA Project Pilot!
June 8, 2007