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 www.AOPAProjectPilot.org. 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 http://flighttraining.aopa.org/projectpilot/prize/.
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