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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    Jim Brzusek – Sport Pilot Certificate (07/15/16) Jim Brzusek – Sport Pilot Certificate (07/15/16)

    It’s been so much fun for all of us at Lanier Flight Center getting to know Jim Brzusek and being a part of his aviation journey! And Jim’s instructor, Rick Cornelison, couldn’t have been happier with Jim’s tremendous commitment to accomplish his goal! Jim’s terrific attitude and dedication paid-off as he earned his SPORT... [Read more]

    Jon Owens – Airline Transport Pilot Certificate (07/11/16) Jon Owens – Airline Transport Pilot Certificate (07/11/16)

    Our own Jon Owens is proof that you can do anything and everything you determine to do! He has excelled in areas of tradesmanship, U.S. Marines, and FAA maintenance technician, and now has successfully achieved the highest pilot rating by becoming Lanier Flight Center’s newest AIRLINE TRANSPORT PILOT! (And between his ATP and little Owens #2... [Read more]

    Ken Norton – First Solo (07/10/16) Ken Norton – First Solo (07/10/16)

    Please join all of us at Lanier Flight Center in a big round of applause for Ken Norton on his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT! Ken’s instructor, James Weatherford, confidently watched Ken take-off in Cessna Skyhawk N9362M and make three great landings! Ken has been going after his Private Pilot’s license with a dedication and an energy that is going... [Read more]

    Chris Doty – Private Pilot Certificate (07/08/16) Chris Doty – Private Pilot Certificate (07/08/16)

    It’s time to celebrate with Chris Doty on the achievement of his PRIVATE PILOT CERTIFICATE! Chris’ instructor, Rick Cornelison, and all of us at Lanier Flight Center have truly enjoyed getting to know Chris during his aviation journey! Chris continued his festivities this weekend at the Cracker Fly-In where he logged his first event as... [Read more]

    Bryan Potzner – First Solo (07/07/16) Bryan Potzner – First Solo (07/07/16)

    Bryan Potzner is all smiles after becoming Lanier Flight Center’s newest solo pilot! Bryan made his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT in Cessna Skyhawk N623KW, and after greasing three beautiful landings, endured the solo shirt ritual at the skilled hands of proud instructor, James Weatherford! Please join all of us at LFC in exclaiming, “GREAT JOB, BRYAN!” Be... [Read more]

    Rick Caruthers – First Solo (07/03/16) Rick Caruthers – First Solo (07/03/16)

    The Independence Day celebrations started early for Rick Caruthers who made his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT independent of proud instructor, Jeff Reimer! Rick ascended in Cessna Skyhawk N291HW at KFTY and lit-up the sky on his entry into solo piloting! Please join all of us at Lanier Flight Center in exclaiming, “WAY TO GO, RICK!”   Be Sociable,... [Read more]

    Tyler Rhodes – Instrument Rating (06/29/16) Tyler Rhodes – Instrument Rating (06/29/16)

    It was a beautiful summer day when Tyler Rhodes earned another rating, but he doesn’t need sunny skies to fly now with his INSTRUMENT RATING! Tyler flew Cessna Skyhawk N109TJ to KFGU where he demonstrated great knowledge and skill, and received two thumbs-up from FAA DPE Ben Carr! Join Tyler’s instructor, Jeff Reimer, and all of us at LFC... [Read more]

    Karen Atkins – Instrument Rating (06/26/16) Karen Atkins – Instrument Rating (06/26/16)

    All of us at Lanier Flight Center gave Karen Atkins a very hearty congratulations for scoring her INSTRUMENT RATING! Karen’s instructor, Juan Leon, was not surprised when FAA DPE Ben Carr said that Karen’s check ride was textbook and showed how it should be done! Let’s hear it for one sharp lady! OUTSTANDING JOB, KAREN!   Be... [Read more]

    Ben Crain – First Solo (06/14/16) Ben Crain – First Solo (06/14/16)

    Please join CFI James Weatherford in celebrating Ben Crain’s FIRST SOLO FLIGHT! And while we’re at it, we want to THANK this Purple Heart recipient for his service to our country! Ben is looking to launch a career in aviation and all of us at Lanier Flight Center solute that plan! WAY TO GO, BEN! Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    Jim Bailey – First Solo (06/07/16) Jim Bailey – First Solo (06/07/16)

    Dr. James “Jim” Bailey ascended in Cessna Skyhawk N21527 and crossed a milestone off of his bucket list with his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT! Jim is well on his way to being a private pilot, and his instructor, James Weatherford, knows he has ‘the right stuff’! Please join all of us at Lanier Flight Center in a big, “GREAT JOB,... [Read more]

    James Weatherford – Multi-Engine Rating Commercial Pilot (06/03/16) James Weatherford – Multi-Engine Rating Commercial Pilot (06/03/16)

    We are so proud to announce another milestone for one of our own, James Weatherford, our newest MULTI-ENGINE RATED COMMERCIAL PILOT! James’ instructor, Jon Owens, welcomed him into twin engine world after James received the green light from FAA DPE Randy Haralson! Join all of us at Lanier Flight Center in exclaiming, “GREAT JOB, JAMES!” Be... [Read more]

    Mike Hall – First Solo (05/29/16) Mike Hall – First Solo (05/29/16)

    The skies over Lanier Flight Center at PDK have welcomed a new pilot into the world of solo flight! Mike Hall’s instructor, David Schiff, proudly watched from the ground as he ascended in Cessna Skyhawk N2458M for his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT! Join all of us at LFC in cheering, “WAY TO GO, MIKE!” Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    Mark Hughes – Certified Flight Instructor (05/27/16) Mark Hughes – Certified Flight Instructor (05/27/16)

    Join all of us at Lanier Flight Center in welcoming our friend, Mark Hughes, ‘into the ranks’ with the achievement of his CERTIFIED FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR rating! Mark’s instructor, Chuck Padgett, has enjoyed every moment of Mark’s journey and knows that Mark has what it takes to be a super CFI! Mark demonstrated the knowledge,... [Read more]

    Josh Brandes – Private Pilot Certificate (05/13/16) Josh Brandes – Private Pilot Certificate (05/13/16)

    It’s time to celebrate with Lanier Flight Center’s newest PRIVATE PILOT, Josh Brandes! Josh took-off in Cessna Skyhawk N623KW and received a big ‘thumbs-up’ from FAA DPE Randy Haralson! Josh’s experience with LFC CFI James Weatherford paid-off as he demonstrated great skill for his check ride, and James said working with Josh was a lot of... [Read more]

    Ron Gunter – First Solo (05/11/16) Ron Gunter – First Solo (05/11/16)

    It was a beautiful spring day at PDK as Ron Gunter took-off for his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT! Ron’s instructor, Jeff Reimer, proudly watched from the ground as he ascended in Cessna Skyhawk N109TJ! Join all of us at Lanier Flight Center in celebrating Ron’s entry into the world of solo flight! He will be a Private Pilot soon! WAY TO GO, RON!   Be... [Read more]

    Matt Kirschner – First Solo (03/30/16) 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,... [Read more]

    Brian Bera – Airline Transport Pilot Certificate (03/24/16) 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... [Read more]

    Lynn Gooch – Single-Engine Sea Rating (03/23/16) 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... [Read more]

    Jared Sarkisian – Private Pilot Certificate (03/18/16) 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!” Be... [Read more]

    Jeff Mitchell – Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (03/08/16) 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... [Read more]

    Wes Jordan – Private Pilot Certificate (02/27/16) Wes Jordan – Private Pilot Certificate (02/27/16)

    It’s time to celebrate with Wes Jordan who soared into his dream of becoming a PRIVATE PILOT!  Wes flew Cessna Skyhawk N393ES and received the ‘green light’ from FAA DPE Ben Carr on Saturday February 27!  Wes’ determination, study skills, and work with his instructor, David Kerr, succeeded, and everyone at Lanier Flight Center... [Read more]

    Jim Brzusek – First Solo (02/19/16) Jim Brzusek – First Solo (02/19/16)

    Join us in celebrating Jim Brzusek’s FIRST SOLO FLIGHT in Cessna Skycatcher N70252!  Jim likes the smooth air of the early mornings, and his instructor, Rick Cornelison, enjoys starting the day in the cockpit with Jim.  But Jim was ready to go it alone, and Rick proudly watched him launch into solo piloting!  All of us at Lanier Flight Center... [Read more]

    Rob Allen – Private Pilot Certificate (02/16/16) Rob Allen – Private Pilot Certificate (02/16/16)

    Many congratulations to Rob Allen, Lanier Flight Center’s newest PRIVATE PILOT!  Rob received two ‘thumbs-up’ from FAA DPE Randy Haralson, and Rob’s instructor, James Weatherford, is excited to see Rob continue toward his instrument rating!  Please join all of us in cheering, “GREAT JOB, ROB!”   Be Sociable,... [Read more]

    Morgan “Buddy” Tatum – Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (02/10/16) Morgan “Buddy” Tatum – Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (02/10/16)

    Morgan Tatum (known as “Buddy” around here) departed KPDK for his check ride at KGRD on February 10 and added both Multi-Engine and Instrument Ratings to his accomplishments!  Buddy’s dedication and skills took him to new heights, and his instructor, Brad Falberg, couldn’t be prouder!  Join all of us at Lanier Flight Center... [Read more]

    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]