The Mentorship of USFWS Pilot Brian Lubinski
U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Pilot, Brian Lubinski, realized his life long dream through the help of a string of important mentors. The impetus for his aviation passion was an airplane full of snakes that he encountered as a 12-year-old boy on Lake Vermillion in northern Minnesota. A Minnesota DNR floatplane docked right in front of him at a Frazer Bay boat dock. The conservation officers flying the single engine floatplane had been cleaning up remote campsites and the bags of garbage they placed in the plane had become temporary homes for the reptiles! The Minneapolis native says he has loved snakes all of his life. "Between the airplane and the snakes, I was in, and the aviation seed was planted," he says.
Later in life he attended Bemidji State University where he met his first mentor, Mary, who later became his wife. She encouraged him to pursue his dream and backed up her encouragement with enough money to pay for his first flight lesson.