Scott Simpkins – Private Pilot Certificate (01/23/13)

ScottPPLLet the celebrations begin! We are excited for our own Scott Simpkins who earned his Private Pilot Certificate in Anderson, SC today, January 23, flying Cessna Skycatcher N70252. Scott’s knowledge and skill received a green light from DPE Randy Haralson. Join his instructor, Kelly Chandler, and all of the rest of us in giving Scott a big “Way to go!”

John Smathers – Private Pilot Certificate (01/21/13)

JohnSmathersPPLJoin us in congratulating John Smathers for earning his Private Pilot Certificate with DPE Randy Haralson in Anderson, SC.  He navigated the winds flying Cessna Skyhawk, N1006V, to KAND on Monday, January 21, and became Lanier Flight Center’s newest Private Pilot.  His instructor, Kelly Chandler, could not be prouder.  Way to go, John!

It’s Ground School Time!

This month, Lanier Flight Center is launching a full array of aviation courses.  From Co-Pilot Workshops to Instrument Rating Ground School, there is something for everyone.  And for your convenience, all of the courses are being offered at both KGVL and KPDK.  All four course offerings, brief descriptions, prices, dates, and times are listed below.


This course designed for the right-seat flyer!  This unique classroom experience was created for the non-pilot who would like to have more knowledge about flying an airplane.  If you’re a spouse, sibling, parent, or friend of someone who has a pilot’s certificate and find yourself in the sky from time to time, this course is for YOU!   This workshop consists of two 2-hour classes for only $59:

GVL – Tues, Jan 15, 6pm-8pm; Sat, Jan 19, 9am-11am
PDK – Tues, Jan 22, 6pm-8pm; Sat, Jan 26, 9am-11am

Here’s what we’ll be covering:

  • Parts of an Airplane / Preflight Checks on an Airplane
  • Radio Communication Basics
  • Airports, Signs, and Runways
  • Various Regulations
  • What makes a wing fly?  What is a stall?
  • More about radio communications (listening to radio calls to help your pilot).
  • Checking the weather.  Helping your pilot with the “go/ no-go” decision.  Aviation Weather basics (winds, ceilings, visibilities) (METARs/TAFs).
  • Traffic checks – collision avoidance, looking at 2 o’clock, 3 mi, same altitude.
  • Filing a flight plan.
  • More about airports, signage, and layouts.
  • Basics about airspace and charts.
  • More on regulations.
  • Brief rundown on emergencies.


Calling all VFR pilots!  Refresh your knowledge and deepen your understanding of IFR flying, regulations, publications and procedures.  This workshop consists of one 3-hour class for only $49.

GVL – Thurs, Jan 24, 6pm-9pm
PDK – Thurs, Jan 17, 6pm-9pm

Here’s what we’ll be covering:

  • IFR Weather Briefing and Filing (including using the iPad – Foreflight – so bring your iPad!)
  • IFR Regulation Review
  • Departure Procedures
  • IFR Low Altitude Chart Review
  • Instrument Approach Plate Review
  • Holding
  • ATC Communications
  • Scenarios and Situations
  • Q & A


Student Pilots, join us for the aviation knowledge you need to pass your FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Written and Oral Exams.  Seasoned Pilots, active or inactive, come for a refresher on the latest aeronautical knowledge and information.  Wherever you are on your aviation journey, our Private Pilot Ground School course is for you!  This class meets once a week for twelve weeks and is only $349:

GVL – Thurs, Jan 31, 6-8:30pm
PDK – Tues, Jan 29, 6-8:30pm

Here’s what we’ll be covering:

  • Basic Aerodynamics
  • Aircraft Systems
  • Flight Instruments
  • Federal Regulations
  • Airport Markings and Operations
  • Weather Theory and Services
  • Weight and Balance and Performance
  • Flight Planning
  • Air Navigation and GPS
  • Air Traffic Control and Communication.


Enjoy the benefits of a structured course in a friendly, interactive environment that will provide you with the aviation knowledge to pass your FAA Instrument Pilot Knowledge Written and Oral Exams.  Whether you are a new VFR or seasoned IFR Pilot, currently active or perhaps a bit rusty, this course is for YOU!  This class meets once a week for 12 weeks and is only $349:

GVL – Wed, Jan 30, 8-10:30 am
PDK – Sat, Feb 2, 9-11:30 am

Here’s what we’ll be covering:

  • Airplane Instruments
  • Attitude Instrument Flying
  • Navigation Systems
  • FAA Regulations
  • Airports
  • Air Traffic Control and Airspace
  • Holding and Instrument Approaches
  • Weather Information
  • IFR Enroute Flying
  • Risk Management
  • Aeromedical Factors
  • And more!

Make your resolution to become a safer, more prepared and knowledgeable pilot in 2013.  Call 678-989-2395 (KGVL) or 770-457-1270 (KPDK) to reserve your spot today!

Jon Owens – Commercial Multi-Engine (01/07/13)

Jon flew N727LF to Anderson Regional where he received a big “thumbs-up” from DPE Randy Haralson!  Hard work and skill added another rating today for Jon, and he is Lanier Flight Center’s newest commercial multi-engine pilot!  His instructor, Bill Shuford, and the rest of us are proud of his accomplishment.  Way to go, Jon!!