Matt Kirschner – First Solo (03/30/16)


Matt Kirschner may have been a little chilly after CFI James Weatherford performed the ritual removal of his shirttail (and back), but he didn’t notice! Matt’s only thought was that he had successfully made his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT!
All of us at Lanier Flight Center are celebrating the accomplishment of this bright and talented young aviator, and we know he is receiving some extra thumbs-up from above as a Kelly Chandler Wings Scholarship winner! Please join us in a big, “WAY TO GO, MATT!”


Brian Bera – Airline Transport Pilot Certificate (03/24/16)


Don’t be alarmed if you heard a loud commotion at Lanier Flight Center!  It was just the ground shaking from the celebration for our Brian Bera who achieved the highest grade certificate issued by the FAA with a big thumbs-up from FAA DPE Ben Carr!  Brian never lost sight of his dream of earning the AIRLINE TRANSPORT PILOT CERTIFICATE, and now he knows that the sky truly is the limit!  Join Brian’s instructor, Brad Falberg, and all of us at LFC in exclaiming, “YOU DID IT, BRIAN!”

Calling All Sky Pirates!

WaterLandingSky_Pirate_1 Have you ever flown over a smooth body of  water and wondered what it was like to land  on it?  Or, have you seen beautiful lakes  and rivers in remote destinations and  wondered what it would be like to fly-in and  camp there?  Maybe a new rating is on  your bucket list this year?  For all the ways  you feel the call for adventure,  the Sky  Pirates at Lanier Flight Center  have the answer!


Our Sky Pirate Commanders are on deck at our Blairsville Airport (KDZJ) location and are ready to share the thrill of landing on water!  Now you can earn your Private or Commercial SES Rating with Lanier Flight Center, so please keep reading for information on how you can become a Sky Pirate, or give the Gift of Flight to someone interested in splashing-in!


Introductory Floatplane Lesson – $275
This Gift of Flight is available for purchase through the LFC website or at one of our Atlanta area locations, and is good for one year from the date of purchase, just like our other gift certificates.You or your favorite aviator can get a feel for what it’s like to be a Sky Pirate!  Land on water in our amphibious floatplane and learn about seaplane operations from our skilled and knowledgeable Sky Pirate Commanders!  This experience is one hour.  Tax included.

Seaplane Rating Package – $2150
This is the all-inclusive package price for receiving the SES rating, Private or Commercial, and is payable before the first lesson.  This is the package for completing the rating in the typical one-week time frame.  It includes:

  • FAA Seaplane Handbook FAA-H-8083-23
  • LFC Sky Pirates Handbook
  • 5 hours of ground instruction
  • 5 hours of flight instruction
  • Sky Pirate logo gear item
  • The FAA examiner fee is an additional $400, payable to the examiner in cash or check at the check ride.  So, the entire program cost is $2550.

Seaplane Training á la carte fees – $450/hr
For anyone needing to span the training outside of the one-week format, an hourly rate for floatplane with instructor is available.

Sky Pirate Commander Contact Info
For further information, or to speak directly with Sky Pirate Commander Steve Thompson, please call 503.836.7734.  Also, you may email

So, set your coordinates for a new adventure, and let’s hear your “Aargh!” if you’re ready to splash-in!

Lynn Gooch – Single-Engine Sea Rating (03/23/16)


Hoist the Sky Pirate flag and let the celebrations begin!  Lynn Gooch splashed-into LFC history as our FIRST Sky Pirate graduate on Wednesday, March 23 when he earned his Single-Engine Sea Rating in N127CC!  Commander Steve had a great time with Lynn, and is very proud of his accomplishment!  Join all of us at Lanier Flight Center in congratulating Lynn and give him a big, “AARGH!”



Jared Sarkisian – Private Pilot Certificate (03/18/16)


Jared Sarkisian’s goal-oriented approach to becoming a pilot earned his rating very close to the FAA minimum hours! Join all of us in congratulating Jared on being Lanier Flight Center’s newest PRIVATE PILOT! Jared’s instructor, Joe Courtney, couldn’t be prouder, and all of us at LFC cheer, “YOU DID IT, JARED!”

Jeff Mitchell – Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (03/08/16)


This birthday is one that Jeff Mitchell will never forget!  From being swarmed by his kids with hugs and Happy Birthday wishes to adding an advanced rating to his repertoire, it’s one for the books!  Jeff flew his Piper Seneca twin and demonstrated the knowledge and skills to receive a big birthday thumbs-up for his Multi-Engine Instrument Rating from FAA DPE Randy Haralson!  Jeff’s instructor, Chuck Padgett, said, “It will be a real comfort having Jeff in the clouds with the rest of us… He is a very sharp and professional instrument pilot.”  WAY TO GO, JEFF!