Pilot Accomplishments

Flight AccomplishmentsLanier Flight Center is a Cessna Pilot Center that specializes in all types of flight training. There’s no words to describe how exciting a first solo really is. And earning a pilot certificate is a reward that continues throughout your entire life! If you’re ready to learn to fly, check out Lanier Flight Centers Atlanta Flight Training program or schedule a Discovery Flight today.

Congratulate the following Lanier Flight Center pilots for their accomplishments next time you see them!

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    Matt Thomas – First Solo (01/30/16) Matt Thomas – First Solo (01/30/16)

    Matt Thomas will be training with the United States Air Force in a few weeks, so we are especially excited that he earned his solo wings on his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT at Lanier Flight Center in Cessna Skyhawk N291HW!  Matt’s instructor, James Weatherford, and all of us at LFC are proud to be part of this young man’s aviation journey!  We know... [Read more]

    Yan Rodriguez – First Solo (01/17/16) Yan Rodriguez – First Solo (01/17/16)

    Yan Rodriguez is all smiles after leaving his instructor on the ground and taking-off in Cessna Skyhawk N21527 on his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT!  Yan’s dedication and study habits will make a great pilot, and his instructor, Rick Cornelison, couldn’t be more proud!  Join all of us at Lanier Flight Center in cheering, “GREAT JOB, YAN!”     Be... [Read more]

    Kevin Cook – Instrument Rating (01/16/16) Kevin Cook – Instrument Rating (01/16/16)

    Kevin Cook is Lanier Flight Center’s first to receive cloud-busting approval for 2016!  On Saturday, January 16, Kevin flew his instructor, Jeff Reimer, and Cessna Skyhawk N2458M to KFGU where he earned his INSTRUMENT RATING with two thumbs-up from FAA DPE Ben Carr!  Join Kevin’s instructor, Jeff Reimer, and all of us at LFC in cheering,... [Read more]

    David Jaynes – Sport Pilot Certificate (01/06/16) David Jaynes – Sport Pilot Certificate (01/06/16)

    It’s time to celebrate with David Jaynes, a UAV pilot turned SPORT PILOT!  David demonstrated the knowledge and skill flying Cessna Skycatcher N70252 for achieving his FAA rating, and his instructor, Rick Cornelison, couldn’t be more proud!  Join all of us at Lanier Flight Center in exclaiming, “GREAT JOB, DAVID!” Be Sociable,... [Read more]

    Ben Brownlow – Private Pilot Certificate (01/06/16) Ben Brownlow – Private Pilot Certificate (01/06/16)

    Congratulations to Ben Brownlow who is soaring into 2016 as a PRIVATE PILOT!  Ben flew Cessna Skycatcher N6029Z to KFGU and received two thumbs-up from FAA DPE Ben Carr On January 6!  Join Ben’s instructor, Jeff Reimer, and all of us at Lanier Flight Center in cheering, “YOU DID IT, BEN!” Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    Tyler Kocon – Private Pilot Certificate (01/04/16) Tyler Kocon – Private Pilot Certificate (01/04/16)

    Just days after his 17th birthday, Tyler Kocon achieved his goal of becoming a PRIVATE PILOT!  Tyler’s dedication to his mission and enthusiasm for aviation have been evident to all of us since the first day he arrived at Lanier Flight Center!  (And Tyler, we know it seemed like ’17′ would never get here!)  Please join Tyler’s... [Read more]

    Oliver Smith – First Solo (12/15/15) Oliver Smith – First Solo (12/15/15)

    It didn’t require elf magic or special reindeer to give Oliver Smith lift as he took to the skies on his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT!  But all of Santa’s helpers at Lanier Flight Center gave Oliver a big round of applause as he departed in Cessna Skycatcher N70252 with his instructor, David Schiff, proudly watching from the ground!  Oliver then... [Read more]

    Brett Sands – Private Pilot Certificate (12/08/15) Brett Sands – Private Pilot Certificate (12/08/15)

    It’s time to celebrate with Brett Sands who became Lanier Flight Center’s newest PRIVATE PILOT on December 8!  Brett flew Cessna Skyhawk N109TJ and received a big ‘thumbs-up’ from his FAA DPE!  Brett’s experience with his instructor, Joe Courtney, paid-off as he demonstrated great skill for his check ride!  Joe said... [Read more]

    Chris Doty – First Solo (11/28/15) Chris Doty – First Solo (11/28/15)

    Join us in congratulating Chris Doty on his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT!  Chris’ instructor, Rick Cornelison, proudly watched from the ground as Chris ascended in Cessna Skyhawk N21527!  All of us at Lanier Flight Center celebrate Chris’ entry into the world of solo flight, and know he will be a private pilot soon!  WAY TO GO, CHRIS!                     Be... [Read more]

    Manuel Robles – Instrument Rating (10/19/15) Manuel Robles – Instrument Rating (10/19/15)

    It’s time to celebrate!  Manuel Robles has achieved the next level in his aviation journey by earning his INSTRUMENT RATING!  Manuel flew Cessna Skyhawk N109TJ to KFGU where he received two thumbs-up from FAA DPE Ben Carr!  Join Manuel’s instructor, Jeff Reimer, and all of us at LFC in cheering, “YOU DID IT, MANUEL!”           Be... [Read more]

    Travis Jones – First Solo (10/19/15) Travis Jones – First Solo (10/19/15)

    It’s a great time for leaf-watching from the air, and Travis Jones says it’s an even better time for a FIRST SOLO FLIGHT!  Travis’ instructor, Steve Thompson, watched from the ground as Travis took-off in Cessna Skyhawk N21527 and made three beautiful landings!  Join all of us at Lanier Flight Center in exclaiming, “WAY TO... [Read more]

    Mark Hughes – Commercial Pilot Certificate (09/21/15) Mark Hughes – Commercial Pilot Certificate (09/21/15)

    Mark Hughes is proof that good guys win when it comes to hard work and perseverance!  We truly enjoyed the journey with Mark (seen here with FAA DPE Randy Haralson)!  Join Mark’s instructor, Chuck Padgett, and all of us at Lanier Flight Center in congratulating him on the achievement of his COMMERCIAL PILOT CERTIFICATE!  Mark flew into KCEU... [Read more]

    Carl Norwich – Instrument Rating (09/21/15) Carl Norwich – Instrument Rating (09/21/15)

    If attitude determined altitude, Carl Norwich would be orbiting with the Space Station, but we are happy that he is flying the General Aviation airspace so that we can celebrate his latest accomplishment of INSTRUMENT RATING!  Carl flew Cessna Skyhawk N21527 to KFGU and demonstrated the skill and aptitude to receive the ‘thumbs-up’ from FAA DPE... [Read more]

    Mark York – Instrument Rating (09/19/15) Mark York – Instrument Rating (09/19/15)

    Mark has been a lover and supporter of aviation all of his life, flying both rotorcraft and fixed wing, and now he can enjoy punching holes in the clouds with his INSTRUMENT RATING!  He flew Cessna Skyhawk N291HW to KGRD and received the ‘ticket to fly’ into IMC from FAA DPE Randy Haralson!  Join LFC instructors, Michael Morris, Jeff... [Read more]

    Anthony Bowers – First Solo (09/18/15) Anthony Bowers – First Solo (09/18/15)

    It was a fun Friday for Anthony Bowers and his instructor, Joe Courtney, who made the short trip up to KGVL from KPDK for Anthony’s FIRST SOLO FLIGHT!  Joe proudly watched from the ground as Anthony made three beautiful landings in Cessna Skyhawk N6392M!  Join all of us at Lanier Flight Center in exclaiming, “CONGRATULATIONS, ANTHONY!” Be Sociable,... [Read more]

    Jim Cork – Sport Pilot Certificate (09/14/15) Jim Cork – Sport Pilot Certificate (09/14/15)

    It’s time to celebrate with Jim Cork who returned from KGRD on Monday, September 14 as a SPORT PILOT!  Jim flew Cessna Skycatcher N70252 and received a big ‘thumbs-up’ from FAA DPE Randy Haralson!  Jim’s instructor, Michael Morris, said Jim’s commitment and study habits paid-off as he demonstrated great skill for his... [Read more]

    Ernest Lessenger – Private Pilot Certificate (08/27/15) Ernest Lessenger – Private Pilot Certificate (08/27/15)

    Join us in celebrating with Ernest Lessenger who just became Lanier Flight Center’s newest PRIVATE PILOT!  Ernest flew Cessna Skyhawk N1006V to KFGU and received the ‘green light’ from FAA DPE Ben Carr!  Ernest’s instructor, Jeff Reimer, and all of us at LFC cheered, “WAY TO GO, ERNEST!” Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    Michael Stallings – Private Pilot Certificate (08/21/15) Michael Stallings – Private Pilot Certificate (08/21/15)

    Let’s give a big round of applause for Michael Stallings who earned the distinctive title of PRIVATE PILOT!  Michael flew Cessna Skyhawk N21527 to KTOC and received two thumbs-up from FAA DPE Bill Mercure Friday, August 21!  Join Michael’s instructor, Rick Cornelison, and all of us at Lanier Flight Center in exclaiming, “YOU DID... [Read more]

    Cole Bobbitt – Private Pilot Certificate (08/20/15) Cole Bobbitt – Private Pilot Certificate (08/20/15)

    Cole Bobbitt achieved his goal of becoming a PRIVATE PILOT before returning to classes at Virginia Tech!  With the winning attitude and dedication that Cole possesses, this was no surprise to Cole’s instructors, Steve Thompson, Jon Owens, and Michael Morris!  Cole flew newly painted Cessna Skyhawk N109TJ to KTOC and received two thumbs-up from... [Read more]

    Patrick Tygett – Private Pilot Certificate (08/10/15) Patrick Tygett – Private Pilot Certificate (08/10/15)

    Join all of us at Lanier Flight Center in congratulating Patrick Tygett on becoming our newest PRIVATE PILOT!  Patrick flew Cessna Skyhawk N291HW to KGRD and aced his oral exam with FAA DPE Randy Haralson, then soared through his practical exam!  LFC CFI’s Jon Owens and James Weatherford knew Patrick had the skills to take this important step... [Read more]

    Ryan Huber – Private Pilot Certificate (08/10/15) Ryan Huber – Private Pilot Certificate (08/10/15)

    It’s time to celebrate with Ryan Huber who returned from KGRD on Monday, August 10 as a PRIVATE PILOT! Ryan flew Cessna Skyhawk N2132W and received a big ‘thumbs-up’ from FAA DPE Randy Haralson! Ryan’s experiences with LFC CFI’s Jon Owens and James Weatherford paid-off as he demonstrated great skill for his check ride!... [Read more]

    Jim Breen – First Solo (08/04/15) Jim Breen – First Solo (08/04/15)

    It was a beautiful summer morning, and Jim Breen enjoyed the smooth air on his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT!  Jim’s instructor, Jeff Reimer, watched from the ground as Jim ascended in Cessna Skyhawk N9362M!  Join us in celebrating Jim’s entry into the world of solo flight!  He will be a Private Pilot soon!  WAY TO GO, JIM! Be Sociable, Share!... [Read more]

    David Hanna – First Solo (07/27/15) David Hanna – First Solo (07/27/15)

    It was a beautiful summer evening, and David Hanna was able to enjoy the beginning of the sunset colors on his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT!  David’s instructor, James Weatherford, watched from the ground at KGVL as David ascended in Cessna Skyhawk N291HW!  Join us in celebrating David’s entry into the world of solo flight!  He will be a Private... [Read more]

    Ebrahim Yavari – Instrument Rating (07/25/15) Ebrahim Yavari – Instrument Rating (07/25/15)

    Join us in a standing ovation for Ebrahim Yavari who earned his INSTRUMENT RATING with FAA DPE Ben Carr! Ebrahim’s study habits and preparedness paid-off! Ebrahim’s instructor, Jeff “Keanu” Reimer said Ebrahim was calm, cool, and collected as he sailed Cessna Skyhawk N2458M into KFGU and into aviation history! WAY TO GO, EBRAHIM!     Be... [Read more]

    Vipan “Vip” Nath – First Solo (07/16/15) Vipan “Vip” Nath – First Solo (07/16/15)

    Vip says it’s been many years since he first soloed, but his instructor, Jon Owens can’t help but be impressed with Vip’s courage and determination to soar to new horizons!  Join all of us in celebrating Vip’s FIRST SOLO FLIGHT in Cessna Skycatcher N70252 on Thursday, July 16!  Vip is truly a V.I.P. at LFC!  GREAT JOB, VIP! Be... [Read more]

    Nowa Ajayi – Instrument Rating (07/16/15) Nowa Ajayi – Instrument Rating (07/16/15)

    It’s time to celebrate!   Nowa Ajayi skillfully earned his INSTRUMENT RATING on Thursday, July 16 with a thumbs-up from FAA DPE Clyde Shelton!  Nowa flew Cessna Skyhawk N1006V to KMDQ and returned to LFC at KPDK with an advanced rating!  Nowa’s instructor, Jeff Reimer, and all of us at Lanier Flight Center exclaim, “YOU DID IT,... [Read more]

    Jim Cork – First Solo (07/14/15) Jim Cork – First Solo (07/14/15)

    Join us in congratulating Jim Cork on his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT in Cessna Skycatcher N70252 at KGVL on Tuesday, July 14!  Jim’s instructor, Michael Morris, knows Jim has what it takes to earn his Sport Pilot rating very soon, and couldn’t be more proud!  Join all of us at LFC in saying, “WAY TO GO, JIM!”       Be... [Read more]

    Dave Loree – Private Pilot Certificate (06/27/15) Dave Loree – Private Pilot Certificate (06/27/15)

    Congratulations to Dave Loree who returned from KCEU on Saturday, June 27 as a PRIVATE PILOT!  Dave flew Cessna Skyhawk N2132W and received the ‘green light’ from FAA DPE Randy Haralson!  Dave’s experience with LFC instructors Michael Morris, David Gazda, and Christian Kyst kept it FUN!  Join all of us at Lanier Flight Center in... [Read more]

    Harvey Wadsworth – Private Pilot Certificate (06/13/15) Harvey Wadsworth – Private Pilot Certificate (06/13/15)

    It’s time to celebrate with Harvey Wadsworth who earned the distinctive title of PRIVATE PILOT!  Harvey flew Cessna Skyhawk N1006V to KFGU and received two thumbs-up from FAA DPE Ben Carr Saturday, June 13!  Join Harvey’s instructor, Jeff Reimer, and all of us at Lanier Flight Center in cheering, “GREAT JOB, HARVEY!”       Be... [Read more]

    Rob Allen – First Solo (06/13/15) Rob Allen – First Solo (06/13/15)

    Let’s give a big round of applause for Rob Allen for making his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT in Cessna Skyhawk N623KW at KGVL on Saturday, June 13!  Rob’s instructor, James Weatherford, knows Rob has what it takes to be a great pilot and he couldn’t be more proud!  Join all of us at LFC in saying, “WAY TO GO, ROB!” Be Sociable,... [Read more]

    Spencer Mitchell – Private Pilot Certificate (06/06/15) Spencer Mitchell – Private Pilot Certificate (06/06/15)

    Congratulations to Spencer Mitchell who is soaring into Summer 2015 as a PRIVATE PILOT!  Spencer flew Cessna Skyhawk N1006V to KFGU and received two thumbs-up from FAA DPE Ben Carr Saturday, June 6!  Join Spencer’s instructor, Jeff Reimer, and all of us at Lanier Flight Center in cheering, “YOU DID IT, SPENCER!” Be Sociable, Share!... [Read more]

    Kevin Neel – Private Pilot Certificate (05/22/15) Kevin Neel – Private Pilot Certificate (05/22/15)

    It’s time to celebrate!  Kevin Neel is Lanier Flight Center’s newest PRIVATE PILOT since receiving the “Green Light” from FAA DPE Randy Haralson!  Kevin flew Cessna Skyhawk N9362M to KGRD and made his first landing back at KGVL as a certificated pilot!  Everyone here joins Kevin’s instructor, Chuck Padgett, in a standing ovation!  WAY... [Read more]

    Stuart Teague – Private Pilot Certificate (05/05/15) Stuart Teague – Private Pilot Certificate (05/05/15)

    It may have been ‘CINCO de Mayo’ but it only took Stuart Teague UNO tries to ACE his PRIVATE PILOT check-ride!  Stuart flew Cessna Skyhawk N291HW to KGRD and received the green light from FAA DPE Randy Haralson!  Stuart’s instructor, Jon Owens, knew that Stuart’s sharp mind and dedication would bring him success, and all of... [Read more]

    Jason Martin – Private Pilot Certificate (04/21/15) Jason Martin – Private Pilot Certificate (04/21/15)

    Let the celebrations begin!  Join all of us at Lanier Flight Center in congratulating Jason Martin for becoming a PRIVATE PILOT on April 21!  Jason flew Cessna Skyhawk N2132W into check-ride history as he received a thumbs-up from FAA DPE Bill Mercure!  Jason’s instructor, Derek Metro, enjoyed working with Jason, and could not be prouder!... [Read more]

    Erich Fritchman – First Solo (03/18/15) Erich Fritchman – First Solo (03/18/15)

    Join us in a big CONGRATULATIONS for Erich Fritchman on his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT on March 18!  Erich’s instructor, James Weatherford, applauded him from the ground as Erich made three beautiful landings at KGVL in Cessna Skyhawk N2458M.  WAY TO GO, ERICH!   Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    Brooks Smith – Instrument Rating (03/17/15) Brooks Smith – Instrument Rating (03/17/15)

    Some say it was the ‘luck of the Irish’, but Brooks Smith’s instructor, David Gazda, knows that Brooks’ determination, knowledge, and skills earned him an INSTRUMENT RATING this St. Patrick’s Day!  Brooks has earned both his Private Pilot Certificate and his Instrument Rating in his own Cessna TTx, which most leprechauns... [Read more]

    Ben Hamilton – First Solo (03/08/15) Ben Hamilton – First Solo (03/08/15)

    Whether it’s on two wheels or under two wings, Ben Hamilton has the skills to go far!  Join all of us at Lanier Flight Center in congratulating Ben on his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT on Sunday, March 8!  Ben left his instructor, James Weatherford, watching from the ground as he took to the skies in Cessna Skyhawk N61942!  WAY TO GO, BEN! Be Sociable,... [Read more]

    Ed Olivett – Private Pilot Certificate (03/07/15) Ed Olivett – Private Pilot Certificate (03/07/15)

    Ed Olivett is a man on a mission— literally!  He has plans for using his aviation training to serve, and all of us at Lanier Flight Center could not be happier to celebrate Ed for becoming our newest PRIVATE PILOT!  FAA DPE Randy Haralson gave Ed two thumbs-up, and Ed’s instructor, Jon Owens, could not be prouder!  Join us in saying, “GREAT... [Read more]

    Kirsten Bagwell – First Solo (02/03/15) Kirsten Bagwell – First Solo (02/03/15)

    Kirtsen Bagwell is all smiles after making her FIRST SOLO FLIGHT today at KBGF in Cessna Skyhawk N623KW!  Kirsten’s instructor, Michael Morris, knew Kirsten was ready, and says she will make a great Private Pilot soon!  Keep smiling and brightening-up the skies, Kirsten!  WAY TO GO! Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    Sal Badalamente – First Solo (01/22/15) Sal Badalamente – First Solo (01/22/15)

    It’s time to celebrate with Sal Badalamente who made his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT!  Sal’s instructor, Michael Morris, knew he was ready and gave him the ‘thumbs-up’ to make solo history today in Cessna Skyhawk N21527!  Sal is eager to become a pilot, and he is well on his way to achieving all of his aviation dreams!  GREAT JOB, SAL! Be Sociable,... [Read more]

    Kevin Neel – First Solo (01/21/15) Kevin Neel – First Solo (01/21/15)

    Join us in congratulating Kevin Neel for making his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT!  Kevin soared into the smooth morning air in Cessna Skyhawk N2458M as his instructor, Chuck Padgett, proudly watched from below!  Kevin is well on his way to becoming a Private Pilot, and everyone at Lanier Flight Center exclaims, “WAY TO GO, KEVIN!” Be Sociable, Share!... [Read more]

    Tyler Kocon – First Solo (01/10/15) Tyler Kocon – First Solo (01/10/15)

    Let’s give a big round of applause for Tyler Kocon for making his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT in Cessna Skyhawk N2458M at KGVL on Saturday, January 10!  Tyler’s instructor, Chuck Padgett, is a raving fan of this young man’s skills and couldn’t be more proud!  Join all of us at LFC in saying, “Way to go, Tyler!” Be Sociable,... [Read more]

    Vitaliy Fedchenko – Instrument Rating (01/05/15) Vitaliy Fedchenko – Instrument Rating (01/05/15)

    Congratulations to Vitaliy Fedchenko who is beginning 2015 as an instrument-rated pilot! Vitaliy flew Cessna Skyhawk N2132W to KFGU and received two thumbs-up from FAA DPE Ben Carr today! Join Vitaliy’s instructor, Jeff Reimer, and all of us at Lanier Flight Center in cheering, “YOU DID IT, VITALIY!” Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    Harvey Wadsworth – First Solo (12/26/14) Harvey Wadsworth – First Solo (12/26/14)

    This Christmas, Harvey Wadsworth gave himself the gift of his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT!  Join Harvey’s instructor, Jeff Reimer, and all of us at Lanier Flight Center in congratulating Harvey on three successful solo landings at KPDK in Cessna Skyhawk N109TJ!  Harvey will be celebrating his private pilot check ride soon!  WAY TO GO, HARVEY! Be Sociable,... [Read more]

    Ernest Lessenger – First Solo (12/13/14) Ernest Lessenger – First Solo (12/13/14)

    Let’s give a big round of applause for Ernest Lessenger for making his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT in Cessna Skyhawk N109TJ on Saturday, December 13!  Ernest’s instructor, Jeff Reimer, knew that Ernest had what it takes, and watched from the ground as Ernest made three successful landings!  Join all of us at LFC in saying, “Way to go, Ernest!” Be... [Read more]

    Ed Olivett – First Solo (12/11/14) Ed Olivett – First Solo (12/11/14)

    Ed Olivett is a man on a mission, and he is well on his way to becoming a private pilot! Join all of us at Lanier Flight Center in congratulating Ed for making his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT in Cessna Skyhawk N2132W at KWDR on Thursday, December 11! Ed’s instructor, Jon Owens, proudly watched from the ground as Ed made three beautiful landings on runway... [Read more]

    Stacy Law – Private Pilot Certificate (11/08/14) Stacy Law – Private Pilot Certificate (11/08/14)

    From the first day that Stacy entered Lanier Flight Center, everyone knew he would become a pilot.  Stacy’s passion for flying and his drive to learn carried him to his check ride with FAA DPE Randy Haralson on November 8!  Stacy’s instructor, Chuck Padgett, couldn’t be prouder!  Derek Metro and Kelly Chandler also enjoyed prepping with Stacy... [Read more]

    Juan Giraldo-Valdes – First Solo (11/07/14) Juan Giraldo-Valdes – First Solo (11/07/14)

    With a calm demeanor and determined approach, Juan Giraldo-Valdes made his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT on Friday, November 7!  Juan’s instructor, Jon Owens, watched from the ground as Juan flew Cessna Skyhawk N2132W and made three successful landings!  WAY TO GO, JUAN! Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    Justin Marsh – First Solo (11/07/14) Justin Marsh – First Solo (11/07/14)

    It was a beautiful Friday and Justin Marsh decided to leave his instructor, Jon Owens, on the ground and take-off on runway 23 for his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT!  Justin’s determination and consistency have paid-off, and he will be on his check ride soon!  Join all of us at Lanier Flight Center in saying, “GREAT JOB, JUSTIN!” Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    James Weatherford – Certified Flight Instructor (11/02/14) James Weatherford – Certified Flight Instructor (11/02/14)

    The world of aviation is getting a fantastic new instructor!  It’s time to celebrate with James Weatherford for achieving his CERTIFIED FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR rating!  James’ dedication and passion for aviation have combined with his work ethic and positive attitude to take him through each level along the way!  James’ instructor, Derek... [Read more]

    Cal Abel – Commercial Multi-Engine Rating (10/17/14) Cal Abel – Commercial Multi-Engine Rating (10/17/14)

    It was a gorgeous fall day, and Cal Abel made it count by adding another rating to his aviation journey!  Join Cal’s instructor, Brad Falberg, and all of us at Lanier Flight Center in celebrating Cal’s COMMERCIAL MULTI-ENGINE RATING achievement on Friday, October 17 with FAA DPE Ben Carr!  Great work, Cal!  YOU DID IT! Be Sociable, Share!... [Read more]

    Cal Wayne – Private Pilot Certificate (10/02/14) Cal Wayne – Private Pilot Certificate (10/02/14)

    Join all of us at Lanier Flight Center in a big round of applause for Cal Wayne on achieving his PRIVATE PILOT CERTIFICATE!  Cal flew Cessna Skycatcher N70252 to KGRD and caught the ‘green light’ from FAA DPE Randy Haralson!  Cal’s instructor, Jon Owens, could not be more proud!  ”CONGRATULATIONS- YOU DID IT, CAL!” Be... [Read more]

    Trevor Gordon – Private Pilot Certificate (10/02/14) Trevor Gordon – Private Pilot Certificate (10/02/14)

    From his first day in the cockpit, Trevor knew he wanted to become a pilot, and on October 2nd, he completed the first rating of his aviation career and became a PRIVATE PILOT!  Trevor’s instructor, Jon Owens, knows Trevor has what it takes, and all of us at Lanier Flight Center look forward to following Trevor’s journey to CFI and beyond!... [Read more]

    Kiran Gudipati – Private Pilot Certificate (09/30/14) Kiran Gudipati – Private Pilot Certificate (09/30/14)

    It’s time to celebrate!  Kiran Gudipati’s dedication and determination blazed a trail to success, and he is Lanier Flight Center’s newest PRIVATE PILOT!  Kiran flew Cessna Skyhawk N623KW to KGRD and received two thumbs-up from his examiner!  Join Kiran’s instructor, Kelly Chandler, and all of us at LFC in exclaiming, “WAY... [Read more]

    Dusty Edinger – Private Pilot Certificate (09/18/14) Dusty Edinger – Private Pilot Certificate (09/18/14)

    From the first day that Dusty Edinger called LFC, it was evident he was going to be a pilot! And on Thursday, September 18, Dusty achieved his goal! Let’s give a big round of applause to Dusty for getting two thumbs-up from FAA DPE Randy Haralson and becoming Lanier Flight Center’s newest Private Pilot! Dusty’s instructor, Jon Owens,... [Read more]

    James Graham – First Solo (09/16/14) James Graham – First Solo (09/16/14)

    Cadet James Graham sets a stellar example everywhere he goes, and now he has left his mark on aviation history with his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT!  James’ instructor, Michael Morris, and all of us here at Lanier Flight Center are giving James a big round of applause for soaring into the blue September sky in Cessna Skyhawk N291HW and making three beautiful... [Read more]

    Brad Falberg – Multi Engine Instructor (09/11/14) Brad Falberg – Multi Engine Instructor (09/11/14)

    With his many talents and attributes, Brad Falberg wanted to bring one more gift to all of us at Lanier Flight Center, so he achieved his MULTI-ENGINE INSTRUCTOR status on Thursday, September 11!  Brad flew Piper Seminole N727LF with his instructor, Juan Leon, to KCHA, and returned as Lanier Flight Center’s newest MEI!  We are grateful to have... [Read more]

    Chris Canon – Private Pilot Certificate (08/29/14) Chris Canon – Private Pilot Certificate (08/29/14)

    Let the celebrations begin!  It’s college football kick-off weekend, and if Chris Canon were playing you’d see it sail through the uprights!  Chris flew Cessna Skyhawk N623KW to KGRD and scored a big ‘W’ from FAA DPE Randy Haralson!  Join Chris’ coach, CFII Kelly Chandler and all of us at Lanier Flight Center in congratulating our newest... [Read more]

    John Reid – Private Pilot Certificate (08/25/14) John Reid – Private Pilot Certificate (08/25/14)

    John Reid is wearing a permanent smile since flying Cessna Skyhawk N109TJ to KFGU on Monday, August 25—it has to do with the special piece of paper he received from FAA DPE Ben Carr that states PRIVATE PILOT CERTIFICATE!  John’s instructor, Jesse Leftwich, and everyone at Lanier Flight Center are giving John a standing ovation for a job WELL... [Read more]

    Kiran Kumar Gudipati – First Solo (08/23/14) Kiran Kumar Gudipati – First Solo (08/23/14)

    When Kiran’s friends at work ask what he did over the weekend, he can say, “I made my FIRST SOLO FLIGHT!”  Many congratulations from all of us at Lanier Flight Center, and from Kiran’s instructor, Kelly Chandler, who was left on the side of the runway at KGVL as Kiran took-off in Cessna Skyhawk N291HW!  GREAT JOB, KIRAN! Be Sociable, Share!... [Read more]

    Davis Cook – Private Pilot (08/17/14) Davis Cook – Private Pilot (08/17/14)

    Davis Cook likes to get an ‘ace’ on the golf course, and now he’s a certificated FLYING ACE!  Congratulations to Davis Cook for becoming Lanier Flight Center’s newest PRIVATE PILOT!  Davis’ instructor, Chuck Padgett, and FAA DPE Randy Haralson lead the celebration!  YOU DID IT, DAVIS! Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    John Asbury – Private Pilot Certificate (08/07/14) John Asbury – Private Pilot Certificate (08/07/14)

    Join all of us at Lanier Flight Center in a big CONGRATULATIONS for John Asbury who became a PRIVATE PILOT at KPDK flying Cessna Skyhawk N291HW!  FAA DPE Dan Emin gave John the ‘green light’ and his instructor, Derek Metro, led the cheers!  GREAT JOB, JOHN! Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    Jason Martin – First Solo (08/07/14) Jason Martin – First Solo (08/07/14)

    If cameras had lined Runway 5 at KGVL on August 7, history would be recorded as Jason Martin made three beautiful landings during his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT!  Jason’s instructor, Derek Metro, knew he had what it takes, and we all join Derek in saying, “WAY TO GO, JASON!” Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    Chris Canon – First Solo (08/07/14) Chris Canon – First Solo (08/07/14)

    It was a beautiful morning and Chris Canon decided it was time to leave his instructor, Kelly Chandler, on the ground at KGVL as he took-off in Cessna Skyhawk N2458M for his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT!  Maybe it’s that he’s missing the back of his Hawaiian shirt, but Chris has been smiling all the way as he works toward his check ride goal at turbo... [Read more]

    Morgan Craver – Private Pilot Certificate (08/04/14) Morgan Craver – Private Pilot Certificate (08/04/14)

    Join everyone at Lanier Flight Center in congratulating Morgan Craver on becoming our newest PRIVATE PILOT!  Morgan flew Cessna Skyhawk N109TJ to KFGU and received two big thumbs-up from FAA DPE Ben Carr!  Morgan said it was the fact that he wore his Steelers shirt but was later convinced by his instructor, Jesse Leftwich, and LFC at PDK Ops Manager,... [Read more]

    Nathan Sidey – First Solo (08/01/14) Nathan Sidey – First Solo (08/01/14)

    From the first day that Nathan entered Lanier Flight Center, it was apparent that he was a young man on a mission!  His focus and dedication have inspired all of us, and we celebrate Nathan’s FIRST SOLO FLIGHT in N1006V!  Nathan’s instructor, Chuck Padgett, and all of us at LFC cheer, “WAY TO GO, NATHAN!”   Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    Manuel Robles – Private Pilot Certificate (07/28/14) Manuel Robles – Private Pilot Certificate (07/28/14)

    Manuel Robles earned two thumbs-up from his instructor Jesse Leftwich and FAA DPE Ben Carr when he became Lanier Flight Center’s newest PRIVATE PILOT on Monday, July 28!  Manuel’s hard work and commitment throughout his training at KPDK paid-off, and all of us at LFC wish him blue skies.  WAY TO GO, MANUEL! Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    Wes Jordan – First Solo (07/26/14) Wes Jordan – First Solo (07/26/14)

    It was a perfect Saturday to fly, and Wes Jordan did it with his instructor, Derek Metro, watching from the ground!  Join Derek and all of us at Lanier a Flight Center in celebrating Wes’ FIRST SOLO FLIGHT in Cessna Skyhawk N109TJ on July 26 on Runway 26 at KFTY!  Wes’ determination and great attitude will see him holding a Private Pilot... [Read more]

    Ben Brownlow – Sport Pilot Certificate (07/25/14) Ben Brownlow – Sport Pilot Certificate (07/25/14)

    Join all of us at Lanier Flight Center in applauding Ben Brownlow for becoming our newest SPORT PILOT on July 25!  Ben flew Cessna Skycatcher N70252 to KFGU with his instructor, Jesse Leftwich, to meet with FAA DPE Ben Carr.  The two Ben’s returned from a successful practical test, and the rest is history!  CONGRATULATIONS, BEN! Be Sociable,... [Read more]

    Cole Bobbitt – First Solo (07/23/14) Cole Bobbitt – First Solo (07/23/14)

    The only thing brighter than the sun was Cole Bobbitt’s smile as he completed three beautiful landings during his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT on July 23!  His instructor, Jon Owens, along with his family, proudly watched Cole fly Cessna Skyhawk N2132W into the summer sky.  Cole will be a great Private Pilot soon!  WAY TO GO, COLE! Be Sociable, Share!... [Read more]

    Karen Atkins – Private Pilot Certificate (07/22/14) Karen Atkins – Private Pilot Certificate (07/22/14)

    It’s time to celebrate!  On Tuesday, July 22, Karen Atkins joined the ranks of PRIVATE PILOT when she soared through her check ride with FAA DPE Ben Carr at KFGU in Tennessee!  Karen’s instructor, Jesse Leftwich, enjoyed Karen’s dedication and enthusiasm throughout her training at KPDK, and leads all of us at Lanier Flight Center... [Read more]

    Angie Harvey – Private Pilot Certificate (07/18/14) Angie Harvey – Private Pilot Certificate (07/18/14)

    Let’s hear it for Angie Harvey for becoming a PRIVATE PILOT in Cessna Skycatcher, N6029Z!  Angie’s hard work and tenacity in combination with her positive attitude culminated in a big ‘thumbs-up’ from FAA DPE Randy Haralson!  Join Angie’s instructor, Kelly Chandler, and all of us at Lanier Flight Center in saying, “Great... [Read more]

    Mike Simpson – Private Pilot Certificate (07/17/14) Mike Simpson – Private Pilot Certificate (07/17/14)

    Join us in celebrating Lanier Flight Center’s newest PRIVATE PILOT, Mike Simpson! Mike flew Cessna Skyhawk N623KW to KGRD for his practical test with FAA DPE Randy Haralson. A picture’s worth a thousand words, and the terrific smiles worn by both Mike and his instructor, Kelly Chandler, say it all! WAY TO GO, MIKE! Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    Patrick Tygett – First Solo (06/19/14) Patrick Tygett – First Solo (06/19/14)

    Join us in congratulating Patrick Tygett on his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT at KGVL in Cessna Skyhawk N2458M on Thursday, June 19!  Patrick’s instructor, Jon Owens, and all of us at Lanier Flight Center are excited to be a part of Patrick’s aviation journey!  GREAT JOB, PATRICK! Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    John Wright – Commercial Multi-Engine Rating (06/16/14) John Wright – Commercial Multi-Engine Rating (06/16/14)

    On Monday, June 16, John Wright came one giant step closer to achieving his aviation dreams by acquiring his COMMERCIAL MULTI-ENGINE RATING!  Join all of us at Lanier Flight Center in celebrating John’s tremendous accomplishment and wishing him all the best as he embarks on the next step in his aviation journey.  John’s instructor, David... [Read more]

    Ben Brownlow – First Solo (05/31/14) Ben Brownlow – First Solo (05/31/14)

    Join us in a big round of applause for Ben Brownlow who completed his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT on Saturday, May 31 at KPUJ! Ben left his instructor, Jesse Leftwich, on the ground at the Silver Comet Field and took-off in Cessna Skycatcher N70252! From all of us at Lanier Flight Center, “Way to go, Ben!” Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    Harrison Summerour – Private Pilot Certificate (05/30/14) Harrison Summerour – Private Pilot Certificate (05/30/14)

    On Friday, May 30, it is very likely that the proverbial bar was raised for Private Pilot Practical Tests!  If so, it’s because Harrison Summerour became Lanier Flight Center’s newest PRIVATE PILOT!  Harrison’s instructor, Jon Owens, and everyone here at LFC wishes Harrison all the best; and we all agree that the Air Force Academy... [Read more]

    James Weatherford – Commercial Pilot Certificate (05/21/14) James Weatherford – Commercial Pilot Certificate (05/21/14)

    Many congratulations to James Weatherford for achieving his COMMERCIAL PILOT CERTIFICATE on Wednesday, May 21!  James’ instructor, Kelly Chandler, has enjoyed three ratings with James now, and joins all of us in celebrating James’ tremendous accomplishment!  WAY TO GO, JAMES! Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    Zack Jackson – Private Pilot Certificate (05/13/14) Zack Jackson – Private Pilot Certificate (05/13/14)

    Let the celebrations begin!  Zack Jackson, better known to his Lanier Flight Center friends as “Action Jackson”, is LFC’s newest PRIVATE PILOT!  Zack’s instructor, Kelly Chandler, and all of us have enjoyed Zack’s aviation journey, and we are going to miss him when he graduates from Riverside Military Academy this weekend! ... [Read more]

    John Reid – First Solo (05/06/14) John Reid – First Solo (05/06/14)

    Congratulations to John Reid who made his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT at KPDK on Tuesday, May 6!  John’s instructor, Jesse Leftwich, proudly watched from the ground as John took-off in Cessna Skyhawk N109TJ on a beautiful May morning.  Join all of us in wishing John many more blue skies!  Way to go, John! Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    Brooks Smith – Private Pilot Certificate (05/02/14) Brooks Smith – Private Pilot Certificate (05/02/14)

    It was a milestone day for Brooks Smith and for his FAA DPE, Randy Haralson, when Brooks achieved his PRIVATE PILOT CERTIFICATE in his Cessna TTx!  Brooks and his instructor, David Gazda, have been all smiles preparing for his check ride in the TTx, and word is, the FAA DPE at KGRD came out of the cockpit with a permanent grin!  Congratulations and... [Read more]

    Dave Loree – First Solo (04/27/14) Dave Loree – First Solo (04/27/14)

    Dave Loree is going to be ‘all smiles’ for a long time since making his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT on Sunday, April 27!  Dave left his instructor, David Gazda, on the ground at KGVL, and became Lanier Flight Center’s newest solo pilot, making three beautiful landings in Cessna Skyhawk N2132W!  Join all of us at LFC in a big round of applause! ... [Read more]

    David Gazda – Airline Transport Pilot Certificate (04/08/14) David Gazda – Airline Transport Pilot Certificate (04/08/14)

    It’s time to celebrate!  Our own David Gazda achieved the highest grade certificate issued by the FAA on April 8!  David’s dedication and determination earned the ranking of AIRLINE TRANSPORT PILOT!  FAA Inspector Bob Williams gave David the ‘thumbs-up’ and congratulated his success!  Join all of us in a standing ovation... [Read more]

    Mike Burton – Commercial Pilot Certificate (04/05/14) Mike Burton – Commercial Pilot Certificate (04/05/14)

    It was a beautiful Saturday when Mike Burton took to the skies in Cessna Skylane N9947C and headed to KGRD for his check ride with FAA DPE Randy Haralson, BUT the skies were even bluer for Mike when he returned to KGVL as a COMMERCIAL PILOT!  Mike’s instructor, Jackson Slappy, couldn’t be more proud!  Join all of us at Lanier Flight Center in... [Read more]

    Chris Whitmer – Commercial Multi-Engine Add-on (03/31/14) Chris Whitmer – Commercial Multi-Engine Add-on (03/31/14)

    Join all of us at Lanier Flight Center in congratulating Chris Whitmer from Savannah Aviation for achieving his Commercial Multi-Engine Add-on!  Chris expertly flew Piper Seminole, N727LF with FAA DPE Fred Houston on March 31!  Chris’ instructor, Chuck Padgett, and all of us at Lanier Flight Center truly enjoyed the time with our friend from our... [Read more]

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

    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... [Read more]

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

    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... [Read more]

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

    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!” Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

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

    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... [Read more]

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

    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... [Read more]

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

    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! Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    Stuart Teague – First Solo (03/14/14) Stuart Teague – First Solo (03/14/14)

    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! Be Sociable,... [Read more]

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

    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... [Read more]

    Christian Pimental – Private Pilot Certificate (03/10/14) Christian Pimental – Private Pilot Certificate (03/10/14)

    Monday was a BEAUTIFUL day and Christian Pimentel decided to SPRING into action and celebrate with some ace flying at KCHA in Cessna Skyhawk N109TJ!   FAA DPE Ben Carr gave Christian two thumbs-up, and a PRIVATE PILOT CERTIFICATE!  Join Christian’s instructor, Jesse Leftwich, and all of us at Lanier Flight Center in saying, “Way to go,... [Read more]

    Brett Sands – First Solo (02/22/14) Brett Sands – First Solo (02/22/14)

    Give a big round of applause for Brett Sands for his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT!  Brett flew Cessna Skyhawk N109TJ to KCVC and left his instructor, Brad Falberg, to watch proudly from the ground as he achieved this aviation milestone!  WAY TO GO, BRETT!  We are all celebrating with you! Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    Trevor Gordon – First Solo (02/20/14) Trevor Gordon – First Solo (02/20/14)

    With the calm determination demonstrated throughout his training, Trevor Gordon left his instructor, Jon Owens on the ground and flew Cessna Skyhawk N2458M on his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT today at KGVL!  Join all of us in celebrating Trevor’s terrific accomplishment, and give him a big, “Way to go, Trevor!” Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    Dusty Edinger – First Solo (02/19/14) Dusty Edinger – First Solo (02/19/14)

    Join your friends at Lanier Flight Center in celebrating Dusty Edinger’s FIRST SOLO FLIGHT on Wednesday, February 19!  Dusty’s instructor, Jon Hope, knew he was ready and de-boarded Cessna Skyhawk N21527 to watch Dusty successfully complete his first solo takeoffs and landings!  GREAT JOB, DUSTY! Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    Paul Mashburn – Private Pilot Certificate (02/17/14) Paul Mashburn – Private Pilot Certificate (02/17/14)

    A big CONGRATULATIONS to Paul Mashburn for earning his Private Pilot Certificate today at KGRD with DPE Randy Haralson!  Paul’s instructor, Kelly Chandler, could not be more proud, and has enjoyed Paul’s dedication in their early morning lessons.  Paul is planning a fun flight soon, but for now join everyone at LFC in telling Paul, “GREAT JOB!” Be... [Read more]

    John Wright – Multi-Engine Rating (01/31/14) John Wright – Multi-Engine Rating (01/31/14)

    John Wright decided to launch into 2014 with TWO engines instead of one!   On January 31, John flew Piper Seminole N727LF to KGRD and received the green light from DPE Randy Haralson!  Join John’s instructor, David Gazda, and all of us at Lanier Flight Center in celebrating John’s Multi-Engine Rating!  WAY TO GO, JOHN! Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    Jeff Reimer – Certified Flight Instructor, Instrument Rating (01/22/14) Jeff Reimer – Certified Flight Instructor, Instrument Rating (01/22/14)

    Join CFII Derek Metro and all of us at Lanier Flight Center in congratulating Jeff Reimer for becoming an instrument-rated flight instructor on January 22!  Having applied good study habits and well-honed skills, Jeff earned the title of CFII when he met with FAA DPE Dan Emin at KPDK!  Let’s give Jeff a big round of applause for a job WELL DONE! Be... [Read more]