GLAV was created to offer quality flight instruction that fits the needs of the aspiring and seasoned aviators of mid-michigan. GLAV is made up of students at various institutions and seasoned veterans in the airlines and charter business. Each of our instructors are motivated to give you the attention you need and deserve.

GLAV is located in the main terminal building at Fitch H Beach Airport in Charlotte.

Our Flight Instructors:

Patrick Retzer is always staying busy, usually with aviation, when not spending time with family in his hometown of Charlotte, or working.  You can contact him at (517) 303-1518 or  Patrick@GreatLakesAirVentures.com

Scott Mason is a graduate of Western Michigan University Aviation Flight Science Program and was born and raised in northern Michigan. Scott is our dedicated full time CFI as well as Director of Operations maintaining GLAV. You can contact him at Scott@GreatLakesAirVentures.com

Erik Sellen is both a single and multi-engine instrument instructor here at GLAV. Eric's regular job as an EMT and Firefighter in Holt gives him valuable insight and great availability. GLAV is excited to have Eric available for instrument instruction and multi-engine training in the Twin Comanche.  You can contact Erik at Erik@GreatLakesAirVentures.com

John Vanator is a flight instructor single engine and instruments from Olivet, Michigan.  In addition to his work at GLAV, he also a CPA practicing in Eaton Rapids and Olivet. John is a great instructor and you can contact John at John@GreatLakesAirVentures.com

Grant Emfield is a seasoned pilot and single-engine instructor as well as CFII here at GLAV. Grant has a variety of experience including serving in the Army, a machinist and business founder of GSE Machining. You can contact him at Grant. Emfield@GSEmachining.com

You can view a picture of each of our instructors below.