Larry Mastin – Private Pilot Certificate (06/28/13)

Larry Mastin is all smiles since earning his Private Pilot Certificate on Friday, June 28!  He flew Cessna Skyhawk N21527 into KAND, and returned home as Lanier Flight Center’s newest private pilot!  Join instructor Kelly Chandler and all of us in saying, “Way to go, Larry!”

Tim Stephens – First Solo (06/21/13)

Tim Stephens wowed the aviation community Friday, June 21st by soloing for the first time in N61942 at Fulton County Airport.  Afterwards, Tim grinned and said, “What’s next?”  Tim, you are unstoppable!  Instructor, Derek Metro, was proud as he watched two amazing landings from the sidelines.  Way to go, Tim!

Rick Marucci – Private Pilot Certificate (06/20/2013)

Join all of us at LFC in a big round of applause for Rick Marucci!  Rick cruised Cessna Skyhawk N2458M into KAND today, and demonstrated his preparedness and knowledge for FAA DPE Randy Haralson!  Now Rick has joined the ranks of private pilots and will celebrate by flying his Cessna Turbo Skylane!

LFC Launches Online Ground School!

How would you like to CHOOSE your location for ground school this summer?

We are excited to announce Lanier Flight Center’s new Webinar learning platform!  From the beach or the ball field, the commute or the couch, now you can experience ground school- wherever the summer takes you!  Participate in the LIVE class or watch it LATER at your convenience!  These sought-after courses are consistently updated and presented by our Ground School Coordinator, Derek Metro. 


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, log on 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!

Dates offered:  June 24 – September 16

LIVE on Mondays:  6:00pm – 8:00pm

Class duration:  2 hours each

Number of sessions:  13

Cost:  $299

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 andGPS
  • 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 Pilot or seasoned IFR Pilot, currently active or perhaps a bit rusty, this course is for YOU!

Dates offered:  June 27 – September 19

LIVE on Thursdays:  6:00pm – 8:00pm

Class duration:  2 hours each

Number of sessions:  13

Cost:  $299

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 much, much more!

Now you can keep the FUN in summer and succeed in your aviation goals to become a safer, more prepared and knowledgeable pilot!  Call 678-989-2395 (KGVL) or 770-457-1270 (KPDK) to reserve your spot today!

Cessna Features Five Charities as Part of 2013 Discover Flying Challenge

WICHITA, Kan., Jun. 14, 2013 – Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, is once again offering a unique internship experience – the Discover Flying Challenge – for six aviation students from a field of applicants for a summer-long excursion across the United States.  This year, Cessna has partnered with five not-for-profit organizations as part of this summer’s Discover Flying Challenge to bring awareness to their charitable efforts.

This year Cessna selected five charities to be featured during the program in an effort to raise awareness for causes aligning with the company’s charitable investments:  American Red Cross, Experimental Aircraft Association Young Eagles, Special Olympics, United Way and Veterans Airlift Command.  The community partners’ logos are displayed on the program’s six Cessna 172 Skyhawk aircraft, and pilots plan to attend community partner events, such as Special Olympics summer games and EAA Young Eagles rallies.  To engage aviation enthusiasts and community partners’ supporters alike, the six pilot interns will use social media to share their experiences with flight and philanthropy throughout the summer.  The charity with the most social engagement will receive a $25,000 donation from Cessna.

“Cessna is passionate about making airplanes and promoting aviation pride.  Pairing this passion with an opportunity to give back to worthy organizations is at the heart of our heritage as Cessnans,” said Jodi Noah, senior vice president of single engine and turboprop aircraft.  “We selected our Discover Flying Challenge charities based on Cessna’s specific areas of community involvement:  human services, education, quality of life and promotion of aviation, and are excited to give them another platform from which their inspiring stories can be shared.”

“Discover Flying Challenge provides such an incredible opportunity for us to share our passion for flying with the world,” said Lawrence Howard, one of this summer’s Discover Flying Challenge pilots, and recent graduate fromHamptonUniversitythis spring.  “I’m able to translate my degree in Aviation Flight Education to a real world experience by getting to work for an aviation giant like Cessna and be paid to pilot a Skyhawk from air shows to fly-ins.  I am looking forward to speaking with people about the great efforts of our charity partners while at the same time hang out with aviation fans.  It’s the best of both worlds.”

The Discover Flying Challenge will commence on Saturday, June 15 at the Strother Field Industrial Park in Winfield, Kan., aboard six customized Cessna 172 Skyhawk aircraft.  The Discover Flying Challenge pilots will attend a Cessna 172 fly-in at the field, and then depart for their respective regions around the U.S.  The pilots are assigned social media accounts through Cessna’s Facebook and Twitter pages, and will virtually document their journey.  The students are challenged to make their social media content on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube both creative and engaging, as they will be competing against each other for various prizes at the conclusion of the program.

The pilots’ progress and scheduled events can be followed through SocialFlight, a website which provides a mobile app providing detailed pilot itineraries and mapped appearances.  SocialFlight provides a free mobile app available at the iTunes App Store for the iPhone and iPad.  It is also available on the Google Play Store for Android Phones and Tablets.  The app can also be used on BlackBerry devices.  Learn more about SocialFlight at  Visit for biographies of Discovery Flying Challenge pilots.

LFC to Host Meeting for Opening Lake to Float Planes!

Calling all aviators and aviation enthusiasts in the Lake Lanier and Atlanta area!

How would you like to combine the love of flying and the joy of water sport?  Who hasn’t thumbed-through an outdoor adventure magazine and envied that guy camping and fishing next to his float plane?  Have you ever flown over Georgia’s largest lake and wondered what it would be like to land and taxi to your dock?  If any of these sound like you, or if you think learning to take-off on water sounds like the epitome of FUN, then you won’t want to miss this…

Join your friends at Lanier Flight Center for an Information Meeting on Saturday, June 29, at 9:00am in the main hangar at LFC in Gainesville.  Steve McCaughey, the Executive Director of the Seaplane Pilots Association, and other notable guests will share valuable data and answer many questions at the forefront of the discussion on seaplane operations on lakes and waterways.   We are excited to share Mr. McCaughey’s vast experience and knowledge, as well as provide an update to the processes underway for acquiring access to Lake Lanier for seaplanes.  Troy Wheeler, owner and president of Lanier Flight Center, holds a seaplane rating and has just been named the Georgia Field Director for the Seaplane Pilots Association.  In his words, “We are all in!”  Our commitment to coordinating efforts with the governing bodies, landowners, and community in order to bring business and revenue to the area while respecting the boundaries necessary for protecting boaters and nature, needs your input and understanding.  So, please mark your calendars, and thank you for being a part of this landmark endeavor.