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AOPA Project Pilot gives experienced pilots a way to share their love of flight by mentoring student pilots. Backed by the resources of AOPA, mentors help guarantee the best possible introduction to flying, from first flight to checkride.

AOPA Project Pilot gives experienced pilots a way to share their love of flight by mentoring student pilots. Backed by the resources of AOPA, mentors help guarantee the best possible introduction to flying, from first flight to checkride.

Success story

I wanted to share a recent success story, which began some time ago. I am proud of my father, Edmund L. "Larry" Markey II, AOPA 4618700, for finally realizing his dream to become a pilot and I am glad that I could be a part of it, by being his mentor, through AOPA Project Pilot. On November 7, 1976, my father began his flight training. His instruction ended on July 17, 1977, the day he was to solo, because of inclement weather; his passion, however, for aircraft and flight continued. Despite his busy work schedule and four children, my father took my brother and me to the EAA fly-in in Oshkosh multiple times throughout our childhood, and I, too, became enamored with aviation. On July 31, 2002, I earned my private pilot certificate, some 26 years after my father terminated his training. My father was my second passenger (after my wife), and he loved being up there again. We departed Hayward, Wisconsin, in a rented Cessna 152 and took a scenic flight to Duluth, Minnesota. Those 35 minutes hooked him again. Twenty-six years after his original flight training start date, he began his training again. On September 17, 2005, roughly 29 years after he started, he has earned his wings. I am so proud of him for sticking with it and completing a goal that he set so long ago and I am glad that I was both an inspiration and a mentor to him. Thank you for being such a strong and encouraging organization — you helped us both.

Edmund L. "Ned" Markey III AOPA 4615946
Buffalo, New York

Become an AOPA Project Pilot mentor!

If you're ready to encourage someone who wants to become a student pilot, then you're ready to become an AOPA Project Pilot mentor. Visit the Web site to enroll yourself and a student pilot nominee who has the time, the resources, and the desire to learn to fly.

Congratulations!

These mentors who helped a student earn a private pilot certificate receive a Sporty's Pilot Shop Preferred Rewards Gift Certificate.

Mentor New Pilot
Harry Parsons AOPA 882852
Bloomfield, New Jersey
John Chambers AOPA 5049201
Randolph, New Jersey
Richard Wallin AOPA 982268
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Tom Wee AOPA 5088975
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Norm Pasvogel AOPA 4041354
Cordova, Illinois
Kevin Barrentine AOPA 5278445
Morrison, Illinois
Bernie Royko AOPA 4069696
Burnet, Texas
Blake Corley AOPA 5304884
Johnson City, Texas
Trey Gordon AOPA 4068113
Glenville, New York
Gordon Durler AOPA 5077197
Delafield, Wisconsin
Gary Rubin AOPA 616166
Longmont, Colorado
Rosolino Giamanco AOPA 5316746
Loveland, Colorado
Brian Cope AOPA 1219665
Melbourne, Florida
Anne Cope AOPA 5474081
Melbourne, Florida
Donald C. Pryde AOPA 239725
Yuba City, California
Jessica Garrick AOPA 5345914
Georgetown, Texas
James Dale Arnold AOPA 1030043
Jackson, Tennessee
Timothy James Hart AOPA 4088244
Reagan, Tennessee
Tom Staggs AOPA 1046385
Redmond, Washington
Cale Carter AOPA 5318574
Redmond, Washington

Gift available to mentors who provide AOPA with a copy of their Project Pilot student's private pilot certificate.

These student pilots are winners of a King Schools video course:

October: Dan Roberts, AOPA 5536472, Urbana, Ohio
November: Kathy Guido, AOPA 5569734, Reading, Pennsylvania
December: Ken Brownlow, AOPA 5540476, Morgantown, Pennsylvania


We welcome your photos. While we can't guarantee publication, we encourage following the photo guidelines available online or by calling 800/USA-AOPA (800/872-2672). For more information or to nominate someone for AOPA Project Pilot, please go to the Web site.

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