Adam Fett – First Solo (05/26/17)

Adam Fett is making plans for summer flying fun, and he’s gaining momentum by making his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT in Cessna Skyhawk N109TJ! It won’t be long before Adam will be ready to go on vacation without driving or commercial travel- he’ll be able to fly to the coast! Adam’s dedication is paying-off, and his instructor, Ann-Perry Blank couldn’t be prouder! Please join all of us at Lanier Flight Center in a big, “WAY TO GO, ADAM!”

Good News from the Lanier Seaplane Pilots Association

With summer approaching, many of us in the aviation community will enjoy longer daylight hours for both flying and water sports, and if we are lucky enough to experience the perfect marriage of both, we’ll make some water landings!

The Lanier Seaplane Pilots Association is pleased to announce that the effort that began in June 2013 to open Lake Sidney Lanier for seaplane compatibility is making progress.

For those who are new to our updates, the LSPA is a group of like-minded pilots and aviation enthusiasts who would like to share the waterways in north Georgia, specifically Lake Sidney Lanier, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-managed lake.  The LSPA opened communications with the USACE in 2013 which led to the submittal of an Environmental Assessment to the Corps, and the retention of United Consulting, a geotechnical engineering and environmental services group.  Thanks to the wonderful work of LSPA team members and United Consulting firm’s dedication in addressing the USACE’s responses to the LSPA Environmental Assessment, the ball is moving down the field.

Last week, United Consulting received encouraging news that the USACE Buford Office Operations Project Manager stated that the revised LSPA Environmental Assessment was being reviewed and evaluated for where to be included in the overall Lake Lanier Project Master Plan Update.   This openness has been typical of the communication with the USACE local office, and has continued to be the reason that Seaplane Pilots Association Georgia Field Director, Troy Wheeler, says, “It’s a positive sign.  They are open and working with us.”

Thank you for continuing to be a Friend of Our Effort.  We look forward to sharing updates as they are available.


Tanner Jorgensen – First Solo (05/20/17)

It’s time to celebrate with Tanner Jorgensen who took his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT in Cessna Skycatcher N70252! Tanner’s great attitude is matched with a laser focus and training consistency that has his instructor, Rick Cornelison, already prepping him for the home stretch to his private pilot check-ride! Please join all of us at Lanier Flight Center in a round of applause for Tanner Jorgensen! GREAT JOB, TANNER!

Ron Gunter – Private Pilot Certificate (05/19/17)

Please join us in celebrating Lanier Flight Center’s newest PRIVATE PILOT, Ron Gunter! A short time after his first solo flight, Ron crossed the finish line at his check-ride with FAA DPE Dan Emin! Ron’s instructor, Jeff Reimer, said Ron’s focus and good study habits paid-off! All of us at LFC cheered, “OUTSTANDING JOB, RON!”

Matt Cooper – First Solo (05/17/17)

Matt Cooper has called LFC-PDK home base, but visited us at GVL in Cessna Skyhawk N109TJ to drop his instructor and make his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT! Matt is training hard and it’s no wonder with an instructor called Rambo! We are all proud of Matt and know he will be ready for entry into the United States Air Force Academy when he arrives in Colorado Springs this summer! Please join all of us at Lanier Flight Center in exclaiming, “AIM HIGH, MATT!”

Travis Rogers – Instrument Rating (05/15/17)


Every check ride success is a triumph worth celebrating, and when you’ve fought to manage flight training around the demands of running businesses and prioritizing family time, achieving advanced ratings is extra special. We’ve taken each step with our great friend, Travis Rogers, and couldn’t be happier to see him receive his INSTRUMENT RATING! Travis shared the milestone with his beautiful Beechcraft Bonanza, and received the thumbs-up from FAA DPE Randy Haralson! Travis’ courage and commitment are an inspiration, and all of us at Lanier Flight Center join his instructor, Chuck Padgett in cheering, “OUTSTANDING JOB, TRAVIS!”

Scott Smith – First Solo (05/12/17)

It was a beautiful spring day and Scott Smith let the Silver Fox out of Cessna Skyhawk N291HW and made his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT! Scott always sports a friendly smile, but it’s a few megawatts brighter since greasing three beautiful landings and entering the arena of solo pilots! Please join Scott’s instructor, Chuck Padgett, and all of us at Lanier Flight Center in cheering, “WAY TO GO, SCOTT!”