Sam Bagwell – Private Pilot Certificate (03/24/14)

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You could almost hear Sam Bagwell shout, “Here comes the sun!” as he departed KGVL in Cessna Skyhawk N2132W for his check ride on Monday, March 24.  After a few weather delays, Sam’s big day arrived and it was BLUE SKIES for Captain Bagwell!  Join Sam’s instructor, David Gazda, and all of us at Lanier Flight Center with a much-deserved round of applause for our newest PRIVATE PILOT, Sam Bagwell!  WAY TO GO, SAM!

Simon Hatfield – First Solo (03/21/14)

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On Friday, March 21, Simon Hatfield’s patience with the weather paid-off when he made his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT in Cessna Skyhawk N6034B at KGVL!  Simon exhibited calm and confidence as he breezed through three beautiful landings while his instructor, Michael Morris proudly watched!  Join all of us at Lanier Flight Center in congratulating Simon on the success of this milestone achievement!  WAY TO GO, SIMON!

Steve Schnupp – Private Pilot Certificate (03/19/14)

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It’s time to celebrate!  Steve Schnupp earned his PRIVATE PILOT CERTIFICATE on Wednesday, March 19!  Steve flew Cessna Skyhawk N291HW to KGRD and passed his check ride with FAA DPE Randy Haralson!  Join Steve’s instructor, Kelly Chandler, and all of us at Lanier Flight Center in saying, “GREAT JOB, STEVE!”

Beverly Shadburn – Private Pilot Certificate (03/18/14)

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A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Beverly Shadburn in becoming Lanier Flight Center’s newest PRIVATE PILOT on Tuesday, March 18!  Beverly flew Cessna Skylane “Annie” to KGRD and embarked on her check ride with FAA DPE Randy Haralson who gave her the thumbs-up!  Join Beverly’s instructor, David Gazda, and all of us at LFC in celebrating Beverly’s success!  We knew you would do it, Beverly!  WAY TO GO!

Join LFC at the 40th Anniversary of Sun ‘N Fun!

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In just two weeks, your friends at Lanier Flight Center are participating in the 40th Anniversary Sun ‘N Fun International Fly-In and Expo!  Every spring, aviation enthusiasts from across the globe gather in Lakeland, Florida for a week in pilot heaven.  As your Cessna Authorized Sales Representative for Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee, we will be joining Cessna for a very special show.

Revel in aviation displays as far as the eye can see while the beautiful music of the Navy Blue Angels reverberates with the quaking under your feet!  Enjoy dogfight reenactments and mind-blowing stunts!  Who says Spring Break is only for kids?  Pilots, this is your Spring Break!

Several LFC instructors have expressed an interest in flying down with customers, so call Michael at 678-989-2395(KGVL) or Brian at 770-457-1270(KPDK) if you would like to connect with a CFI and/or other customers of LFC to make the aviation journey to Sun ‘N Fun 2014.  The event is April 1 through April 6, Tuesday through Sunday, so you have several options for experiencing the displays and air shows.  Standard LFC checkout requirements and documentation are required for customers flying solo to the event, and it’s a terrific opportunity for anyone looking for cross-country time.  Contact our office or your CFI today for the one and only Spring Break for pilots!

Go here for more information:  http://www.sun-n-fun.org/FlyIn.aspx

Phil Reid – Multi-Engine Rating (03/14/14)

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Join all of us at Lanier Flight Center in celebrating our newest MULTI-ENGINE RATED PILOT, Phil Reid!  Phil flew Piper Seminole, N727LF to KGRD where he left his instructor, David Gazda, and took his check ride with FAA DPE Randy Haralson!  Phil’s hard work and determination launched him into a new sphere of aviation, and we are excited for his journey!  WAY TO GO, PHIL!

Ross Lautenbach – First Solo (03/14/14)

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Let’s give a big round of applause for Ross Lautenbach who made his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT at KPUJ in Cessna Skyhawk N1006V!  Ross waved to his instructor, Jesse Leftwich, and took to the skies as a solo pilot on Friday!  Keep up the great work, Ross!

Stuart Teague – First Solo (03/14/14)

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Congratulations to Stuart Teague for his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT on Friday, March 14!  Stuart left his proud instructor, Jon Owens, on the ground at KGVL and made the three required solo landings- plus one to spare!  Stuart demonstrated skill and confidence in Cessna Skyhawk N6034B, and he will make a great Private Pilot soon!  Great job, Stuart!

Exciting News from Textron Aviation CEO, Scott Ernest!

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As a valued customer, I am sharing with you the news that today marks the close of Textron’s acquisition of Beech Holdings, making Beechcraft Corporation a member of the Textron family. Textron also announced it will bring together the Cessna and Beechcraft businesses under a new segment, Textron Aviation, that includes the industry’s largest global service network.

The iconic Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker brands will remain distinct within Textron Aviation to preserve their rich histories and respective strengths in the marketplace. Textron Aviation brings together a strong portfolio of class-leading, complementary general aviation products including Citation and Hawker business jets, King Air twin-engine turboprops, Caravan single-engine utility turboprops and a great line up of piston-engine aircraft representing the Cessna and Beechcraft brands. In addition, Textron Aviation will be home to the Beechcraft T-6 trainer and AT-6 light attack aircraft.

As our customer, you will continue to benefit from Textron’s ongoing commitment to innovative products and services. Powered by a workforce with decades of unmatched experience in designing, building and supporting aircraft, Textron Aviation is ideally positioned to deliver on our commitment to producing high quality aircraft and providing world-class service to you, our valued customer.

I expect that the integration of these two businesses will be a seamless process for you. Additionally, our combined global service network will continue to provide uninterrupted service and support for all Citation, Caravan, Beechcraft and Hawker aircraft, including the Hawker 4000 and Beechcraft Premier IA.

Today is a milestone moment, not only for the newly formed Textron Aviation, but for our entire industry. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your business and continued support.

Sincerely,

Scott

Scott Ernest

CEO

Textron Aviation

Jason Harper – Private Pilot Certificate (03/11/14)

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Let’s hear it for Jason Harper who earned his PRIVATE PILOT CERTIFICATE on Tuesday, March 11 at KGRD with FAA DPE Randy Haralson!  Jason demonstrated his knowledge and skill during his oral exam and while flying Cessna Skyhawk N1006V!  His instructor, Stephen Kilpatrick, and all of us at Lanier Flight Center are celebrating with Jason after enjoying being part of his aviation journey at both LFC locations!  Keep flying, Jason!