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AOPA Project Pilot mentor wins $1,000AOPA Project Pilot mentor wins $1,000

AOPA Project Pilot mentor wins $1,000

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) recently awarded its third quarterly Project Pilot mentor $1,000 prize to Michael Lardino of Grayslake, Ill. He won simply by being a mentor to student Tim Tierney of Lake Zurich, Ill.

"I'm happy to contribute," said Lardino of being a mentor. "It's my pleasure."

Lardino, a former American Eagle pilot, is getting back into general aviation by flying Cessna 172s when he's not working as a tennis pro. He took Tierney, who works with him, on a flight and the prospective pilot enjoyed it so much that he has decided to begin flight training.

To become a mentor, like Lardino, it takes a desire to share your passion for aviation, a little personal time, and a student pilot who seeks advice, motivation, and encouragement throughout their flight training.

Any pilot who signs up as a Project Pilot mentor is eligible to win $1,000 in quarterly drawings held by AOPA. Sign up today at There's still one more chance for a Project Pilot mentor to win the next $1,000 quarterly drawing this year. See the complete rules online at

The 413,000-member Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association has represented the interests of general aviation pilots since 1939. General aviation includes all flying except the scheduled airlines and the military. Nearly two-thirds of all U.S. pilots, and three-quarters of the GA pilots, are AOPA members.


October 25, 2007

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