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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    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’s 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! Tweet(function()... [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]

    David Morgan – First Solo (01/16/14) David Morgan – First Solo (01/16/14)

    With a focused determination and positive attitude, David Morgan successfully completed his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT on Thursday, January 16 in Cessna Skyhawk N2458M!  David’s instructor, Michael Morris, and all of us at Lanier Flight Center wish David all the best in his aviation journey!  Great job, David! Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    Josh Brandes – First Solo (01/08/14) Josh Brandes – First Solo (01/08/14)

    Josh Brandes decided the best way to answer the severe cold snap was to heat-up the skies with his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT today at KGVL!  Josh took-off in Cessna Skyhawk N291HW and made three beautiful landings on runway 5 with his instructor, David Gazda, smiling his approval.  Join all of us at LFC in congratulating Josh on a job WELL DONE! Be Sociable,... [Read more]

    Andrew Schettino – First Solo (01/03/14) Andrew Schettino – First Solo (01/03/14)

    It was the first Friday of the New Year, and Andrew Schettino kicked-off the FIRST SOLO FLIGHT of his aviation journey!  His instructor, Derek Metro, applauded from the ground as Andrew made smooth landings at KFTY in Cessna Skyhawk N109TJ!  Way to go, Andrew!  We’re celebrating with you! Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    Karen Atkins – First Solo (12/19/13) Karen Atkins – First Solo (12/19/13)

    Let’s hear a big cheer for Karen Atkins on her FIRST SOLO FLIGHT! Karen left her proud instructor, Jesse Leftwich, on the ground and took to the skies in Cessna Skyhawk N2132W today at KPUJ! Join all of us at Lanier Flight Center in saying, “Great job, Karen!” Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    Troy Rieman – Private Pilot Certificate (12/16/13) Troy Rieman – Private Pilot Certificate (12/16/13)

    It was a perfect day for a check ride and Troy Rieman flew Cessna Skyhawk N109TJ to KFGU and received a big “Thumbs up!” from FAA DPE Ben Carr! Join Troy’s instructor, Jesse Leftwich, and all of us at Lanier Flight Center in congratulating Troy on his PRIVATE PILOT CERTIFICATE! Great job, Troy! Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    Mike Simpson – First Solo (12/16/13) Mike Simpson – First Solo (12/16/13)

    Join all of us at Lanier Flight Center in congratulating Mike Simpson on his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT! On Monday, December 16, Mike’s confidence and skill provided three beautiful takeoffs and landings on Runway 29 at KGVL in Cessna Skyhawk N2458M. His instructor, Kelly Chandler, and family members proudly watched from the ground. Way to go, Mike! Be... [Read more]

    Cal Wayne – First Solo (10/30/13) Cal Wayne – First Solo (10/30/13)

    A big CONGRATULATIONS to Cal Wayne for making his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT in Cessna Skycatcher N6029Z!  Cal’s instructor, Jon Owens, proudly smiled from the ground as Cal made three smooth landings at KGVL on Wednesday, October 30!  Way to go, Cal!  Everyone here at Lanier Flight Center is celebrating YOU! Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    Lon Shuford – Instrument Rating (10/11/13) Lon Shuford – Instrument Rating (10/11/13)

    Lon Shuford knew when he became an aircraft owner that he wanted to become instrument-rated.  His dedication and consistency paired well with great study habits, so when he flew N291HW into KGRD on Friday, October 11, FAA DPE Randy Haralson gave him the green light!  Join Lon’s instructor, Kelly Chandler, and all of us at Lanier Flight Center... [Read more]

    Tim Stephens – Private Pilot Certificate (10/10/13) Tim Stephens – Private Pilot Certificate (10/10/13)

    It was BLUE SKIES for Tim Stephens in Cessna Skyhawk N61942 on Thursday, October 10 as he took-off with FAA DPE Dan Emin at KPDK!  Before long, Tim received a big “Thumbs-up” from his examiner, and became Lanier Flight Center’s newest Private Pilot!  Join his instructor, Derek Metro, and all of us in congratulating Tim on a job WELL DONE! Be... [Read more]

    Paul Achenbach – Private Pilot Certificate (10/05/13) Paul Achenbach – Private Pilot Certificate (10/05/13)

    With the same focus and determination he had the day he walked into Lanier Flight Center and declared, “Let’s do this,” Paul Achenbach aced his Private Pilot practical test on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at KGRD.  DPE Randy Haralson gave Paul a thumbs-up and his instructor, David Gazda, could not be prouder!  Paul celebrated by flying N2132W... [Read more]

    Jon Owens – Certified Flight Instructor, Instrument Rating (10/02/13) Jon Owens – Certified Flight Instructor, Instrument Rating (10/02/13)

    Through hard work, commitment, and good study habits, Jon Owens reached his goal of becoming a CFII on Wednesday, October 2, 2013!  Already a very important part of our LFC team as an A & P Mechanic and CFI, Jon wanted to provide his customers with another rating opportunity.  His instructor, David Gazda, and all of us in the LFC family say,... [Read more]

    Davis Cook – First Solo (10/01/13) Davis Cook – First Solo (10/01/13)

    Davis Cook’s calm demeanor on the golf course translated well into the cockpit as he took-off for his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT on Tuesday, October 1!  CFI Chuck Padgett along with family and friends watched Davis lay-up three beautiful landings!  Right on par, Davis! Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    George Smith – First Solo (09/30/13) George Smith – First Solo (09/30/13)

    George Smith celebrated the close of the third quarter by taking to the skies on his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT! CFI Randy Carpenter and all your friends at Lanier Flight Center applaud your achievement!  Congratulations, George! Be Sociable, Share! Tweet(function() {var s = document.createElement('SCRIPT'),... [Read more]

    Chris Howard – First Solo (09/29/13) Chris Howard – First Solo (09/29/13)

    One glance at Chris Howard and you know he is having a blast learning to fly!  On Sunday, September 29, his instructor, Chuck Padgett, could see Chris’ smile from the ground as Chris took-off for his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT!  Way to go, Chris!  We are all celebrating with you! Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    John Asbury – First Solo (09/21/13) John Asbury – First Solo (09/21/13)

    Join all of us at Lanier Flight Center in giving John Asbury a big ‘THUMBS-UP’ for his solo flight mastery with CFI Derek Metro on Saturday, September 21 at KPDK! Great job, John! Be Sociable, Share! Tweet(function() {var s = document.createElement('SCRIPT'), s1 = document.getElementsByTagName('SCRIPT')[0];s.type... [Read more]

    Joe Smith – Multi-Engine Rating (09/12/13) Joe Smith – Multi-Engine Rating (09/12/13)

    One engine wasn’t enough for Joe Smith, so he flew N727LF into KGRD on Thursday, September 12, and earned his Multi-Engine Rating with DPE Randy Haralson! His instructor, David Gazda, could not be more proud of Joe, and all of us at Lanier Flight Center say, “WAY TO GO, JOE!” Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    Stacy Law – First Solo (09/10/13) Stacy Law – First Solo (09/10/13)

    It was a clear blue September morning, and Stacy Law completed three beautiful landings while his instructor, Chuck Padgett, watched from the ground!  Join all of us at Lanier Flight Center in congratulating Stacy in becoming our newest Solo Pilot!  Awesome FIRST SOLO FLIGHT, Stacy! Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    Sam Bagwell – First Solo (09/05/13) Sam Bagwell – First Solo (09/05/13)

    Give a big cheer and join us in congratulating Sam Bagwell on his First Solo Flight on Thursday, September 5!  His instructor, David Gazda, and all of us at Lanier Flight Center know that Sam will be a private pilot soon!  GREAT JOB, SAM! Be Sociable, Share! Tweet(function()... [Read more]

    James Weatherford – Instrument Rating (08/31/2013) James Weatherford – Instrument Rating (08/31/2013)

    After receiving his Private Pilot Certificate with Lanier Flight Center, James Weatherford knew he wanted to pursue his Instrument Rating.  On the last day of August, his dream became a reality.  Join James’ instructor, Kelly Chandler, and all of us in congratulating James in a job WELL DONE! Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    Cameron Kayne – Private Pilot Certificate (08/30/2013) Cameron Kayne – Private Pilot Certificate (08/30/2013)

    It was a beautiful day to fly and Cameron Kayne demonstrated great confidence and skill, flying Cessna Skyhawk N291HW into Greenwood County Airport for his FAA Practical Test on Friday, August 30.  The skies were even brighter returning to KGVL in the glow of his new Private Pilot Certificate!  Way to go, Cameron! Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    Christian Kyst – Commercial Multi-Engine Instrument & Commercial Single Engine Add-on (08/25/13) Christian Kyst – Commercial Multi-Engine Instrument & Commercial Single Engine Add-on (08/25/13)

    A standing ovation is due for Christian Kyst and his tremendous accomplishments on Sunday, August 25!  Christian achieved BOTH his Commercial Multi-Engine Instrument AND Commercial Single Engine Add-on at KGRD with FAA DPE Randy Haralson!  His instructor, David Gazda, and all of us at Lanier Flight Center say, “Way to go, Christian!”   Be... [Read more]

    John DeVallette – Private Pilot Certificate (08/25/13) John DeVallette – Private Pilot Certificate (08/25/13)

      Join us in congratulating John DeVallette in receiving his Private Pilot Certificate!  John flew Cessna Skyhawk N109TJ to KFGU with his instructor, Randy Carpenter, and passed his practical test with FAA DPE Ben Carr to become Lanier Flight Center’s newest private pilot!  Great job, John! Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    Angie Harvey – First Solo (08/14/13) Angie Harvey – First Solo (08/14/13)

    Angie Harvey is all smiles after making her FIRST SOLO FLIGHT in Cessna Skycatcher, N70252, on Wednesday, August 14!  Her instructor, Kelly Chandler, gave her a big thumbs-up as she gracefully accomplished three solo landings at KGVL.  Join all of us at Lanier Flight Center in shouting, “Way to go, Angie!” Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    Slava Volkov – Private Pilot Certificate (08/10/13) Slava Volkov – Private Pilot Certificate (08/10/13)

    Join us in celebrating Lanier Flight Center’s newest Private Pilot, Slava Volkov!  On Saturday, August 10, Slava flew Cessna Skyhawk N109TJ to KAND and passed his practical test with DPE Randy Haralson!  His instructor, Derek Metro, and all of us at Lanier Flight Center say, “Great job, Slava!” Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    Harrison Summerour – First Solo (08/05/13) Harrison Summerour – First Solo (08/05/13)

    Harrison Summerour demonstrated skill and focus beyond his years when he took to the skies in Cessna Skyhawk N2458M on Monday, August 5 for his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT!  His determination earned praise from his instructor, Jon Owens, as well as his parents and all of us at Lanier Flight Center.  Great job, Harrison! Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    Armando Castillo – First Solo (08/05/13) Armando Castillo – First Solo (08/05/13)

    Join us in a big round of applause for Armando Castillo in the successful completion of his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT!  Dr. Castillo made three beautiful landings on runway 23 at KGVL while his instructor, Kelly Chandler, cheered him on from the ground.  Way to go, Armando! Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    Larry Mastin – Private Pilot Certificate (06/28/13) Larry Mastin – Private Pilot Certificate (06/28/13)

    Larry Mastin is all smiles since earning his Private Pilot Certificate on Friday, June 28!  He flew Cessna Skyhawk N21527 into KAND, and returned home as Lanier Flight Center’s newest private pilot!  Join instructor Kelly Chandler and all of us in saying, “Way to go, Larry!” Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    Tim Stephens – First Solo (06/21/13) Tim Stephens – First Solo (06/21/13)

    Tim Stephens wowed the aviation community Friday, June 21st by soloing for the first time in N61942 at Fulton County Airport.  Afterwards, Tim grinned and said, “What’s next?”  Tim, you are unstoppable!  Instructor, Derek Metro, was proud as he watched two amazing landings from the sidelines.  Way to go, Tim! Be Sociable, Share!... [Read more]

    Rick Marucci – Private Pilot Certificate (06/20/2013) Rick Marucci – Private Pilot Certificate (06/20/2013)

    Join all of us at LFC in a big round of applause for Rick Marucci!  Rick cruised Cessna Skyhawk N2458M into KAND today, and demonstrated his preparedness and knowledge for FAA DPE Randy Haralson!  Now Rick has joined the ranks of private pilots and will celebrate by flying his Cessna Turbo Skylane! Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    Zack Jackson – First Solo (05/16/13) Zack Jackson – First Solo (05/16/13)

    It’s time to celebrate!  Zack Jackson, a.k.a. “Action Jackson”, waved at his proud instructor, Kelly Chandler, and then greased three awesome landings today during his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT!  Join us in giving Zack a big “Way to go!” Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    Paul Achenbach – First Solo (05/14/13) Paul Achenbach – First Solo (05/14/13)

    Paul Achenbach’s smile is hard to miss after the three terrific landings he made at KGVL during his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT today!  His instructor, Jesse Compton, and all of us at Lanier Flight Center applaud Paul’s success in N21527! Be Sociable, Share! Tweet(function() {var s... [Read more]

    Michael Windsor – First Solo (05/14/13) Michael Windsor – First Solo (05/14/13)

    It was a beautiful morning to make his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT, so Michael Windsor took to the skies in N109TJ while his instructor, Randy Carpenter, gave him the thumbs-up from the ground.  Join all of us at Lanier Flight Center in congratulating Michael on a job well done! Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    Michael Bales – First Solo (04/25/13) Michael Bales – First Solo (04/25/13)

    Congratulate Michael Bales on accomplishing his First Solo on Thursday, April 25!  His instructor, Jon Owens, looked on with a big smile as Michael greased three terrific landings at KGVL.  Great job, Michael! Be Sociable, Share! Tweet(function() {var s = document.createElement('SCRIPT'),... [Read more]

    Cindy Salloum – Private Pilot Certificate (04/10/13) Cindy Salloum – Private Pilot Certificate (04/10/13)

    All of her hard work and dedication won Cindy Salloum the rank of Private Pilot on April 10!  Cindy’s instructor, Derek Metro, and her friends here at Lanier Flight Center have enjoyed the journey with Cindy.  We wish Cindy many great memories in her Skylane, Annie, and give her a big round of applause for a job WELL DONE! Be Sociable, Share!... [Read more]

    Terry Hall – Multi-Engine Rating (04/08/13) Terry Hall – Multi-Engine Rating (04/08/13)

    Join us in congratulating Terry Hall as he enters the exciting world of multi-engine pilots!  He aced his practical test with DPE Randy Haralson on April 8 as his instructor, David Gazda looked on in pride.  Terry’s great work in N727LF paid-off, and he is ready for action in multi-engine aircraft! Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    John Von Kaenel – Commercial Multi-Engine Rating (04/06/13) John Von Kaenel – Commercial Multi-Engine Rating (04/06/13)

    On a beautiful Friday at KAND, John Von Kaenel successfully passed his Commercial Multi-Engine practical test with DPE Randy Haralson!  His instructor, Jesse Compton, and all of us at Lanier Flight Center gave John a big pat on the back!  Way to go, John! Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    Shane Crider – Private Pilot Certificate (04/02/13) Shane Crider – Private Pilot Certificate (04/02/13)

    Join CFII Kelly Chandler in a round of applause for Lanier Flight Center’s newest Private Pilot, Shane Crider!  Shane flew Cessna Skyhawk N2132W to KAND and passed his practical test with DPE Randy Haralson with flying colors on Tuesday, April 2!  Great job, Shane! Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    Kim Tucker – Instrument Rating (03/29/13) Kim Tucker – Instrument Rating (03/29/13)

    It may have been her instructor, Derek Metro’s, birthday, but Kim Tucker received the big prize of an Instrument Rating on Friday, March 29! Many congratulations for the much deserved results of your hard work and dedication, Kim! Way to go! Be Sociable, Share! Tweet(function()... [Read more]

    Brent Lee – First Solo Flight (03/22/13) Brent Lee – First Solo Flight (03/22/13)

    The winds of March proved no match for Lanier Flight Center’s newest solo pilot, Brent Lee! His instructor, David Gazda, and all of us congratulate Brent for his first solo flight on Friday, March 22! He took-off in “Dixie” on runway 5 at KGVL, and mastered a beautiful landing. Well done, Brent! Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    Andy May – Instrument Rating (03/21/13) Andy May – Instrument Rating (03/21/13)

    Congratulations to Andy May for accomplishing his Instrument Rating on Thursday, March 21! Andy flew Cessna Skyhawk N61942 to KFGU and received a big thumbs-up from DPE Ben Carr! We join his instructor, Patrick MacFarlane, in exclaiming, “Way to go, Andy!” Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    Steve Schnupp – First Solo Flight (02/09/13) Steve Schnupp – First Solo Flight (02/09/13)

    News Flash from Senior CFI, Derek Metro: “The aviation community stood to their feet and shouted with glee as Steve Schnupp became the latest Lanier Flight Center solo pilot on Feb 9th!  I was extremely proud of Steve as he squeaked out 3 beautiful full-stop landings at KGVL on Runway 5.  Way to go, Steve!” Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    Daniel Schultheiss – Private Pilot Certificate (02/06/13) Daniel Schultheiss – Private Pilot Certificate (02/06/13)

    Many congratulations to Daniel Schultheiss for earning his Private Pilot Certificate on Wednesday, February 6!  After completing his training at our PDK location, he flew Cessna Skyhawk N21527 to KFGU to meet with DPE Ben Carr for his Practical Test.  Join CFI, Randy Carpenter, and all of us at Lanier Flight Center in celebrating Daniel’s... [Read more]

    Scott Simpkins – Private Pilot Certificate (01/23/13) Scott Simpkins – Private Pilot Certificate (01/23/13)

    Let the celebrations begin! We are excited for our own Scott Simpkins who earned his Private Pilot Certificate in Anderson, SC today, January 23, flying Cessna Skycatcher N70252. Scott’s knowledge and skill received a green light from DPE Randy Haralson. Join his instructor, Kelly Chandler, and all of the rest of us in giving Scott a big “Way... [Read more]

    John Smathers – Private Pilot Certificate (01/21/13) John Smathers – Private Pilot Certificate (01/21/13)

    Join us in congratulating John Smathers for earning his Private Pilot Certificate with DPE Randy Haralson in Anderson, SC.  He navigated the winds flying Cessna Skyhawk, N1006V, to KAND on Monday, January 21, and became Lanier Flight Center’s newest Private Pilot.  His instructor, Kelly Chandler, could not be prouder.  Way to go, John! Be... [Read more]

    Jon Owens – Commercial Multi-Engine (01/07/13) Jon Owens – Commercial Multi-Engine (01/07/13)

    Jon flew N727LF to Anderson Regional where he received a big “thumbs-up” from DPE Randy Haralson!  Hard work and skill added another rating today for Jon, and he is Lanier Flight Center’s newest commercial multi-engine pilot!  His instructor, Bill Shuford, and the rest of us are proud of his accomplishment.  Way to go, Jon!! Be... [Read more]

    Beau Harper – Private Pilot Certificate (12/14/12) Beau Harper – Private Pilot Certificate (12/14/12)

    Beau Harper is Lanier Flight Center’s newest Private Pilot! He flew Skyhawk N2132W and successfully completed his check ride with DPE Ben Carr. Great job Beau and congrats to his instructor Brad Falberg for preparing him well. Be Sociable, Share! Tweet(function() {var s =... [Read more]

    Brian Symonds – Instrument Rating (12/14/12) Brian Symonds – Instrument Rating (12/14/12)

    Congratulations to Brian Symonds for obtaining his Instrument Rating!! His instructor, Chuck Padgett, and all of us at Lanier Flight Center are proud of his accomplishment. Great job Brian! Be Sociable, Share! Tweet(function() {var s = document.createElement('SCRIPT'), s1 = document.getElementsByTagName('SCRIPT')[0];s.type... [Read more]

    Paul Garlich – Private Pilot Certificate (12/8/12) Paul Garlich – Private Pilot Certificate (12/8/12)

    Congrats to Paul for becoming Lanier Flight Center’s newest Private Pilot!!! He earned his certificate flying Skyhawk N9362M with DPE, Randy Haralson. Paul’s instructor David Gazda and the rest of us congratulate Paul on a job well done! Be Sociable, Share! Tweet(function()... [Read more]

    Sam Kelly – Private Pilot Certificate (11/16/12) Sam Kelly – Private Pilot Certificate (11/16/12)

    Join us in congratulating Sam Kelly for earning his Private Pilot Certificate with DPE Randy Haralson at Anderson, SC. He earned his certificate on Friday Nov 16 flying Cessna Skycatcher N6029Z. His instructor Kelly Chandler and everyone congratulate him on a job well done! Way to go Sam!! Be Sociable, Share! ... [Read more]

    Manny Sekhon – Private Pilot Certificate (11/08/12) Manny Sekhon – Private Pilot Certificate (11/08/12)

    Manny is Lanier Flight Center’s newest Private Pilot! He flew Skyhawk N2132W and successfully completed his check ride. Great job Manny and congrats to his instructor Randy Carpenter for preparing him well. Be Sociable, Share! Tweet(function() {var s = document.createElement('SCRIPT'),... [Read more]

    Brian Burgoon – Instrument Rating (10/31/12) Brian Burgoon – Instrument Rating (10/31/12)

    Congratulations to Brian Burgoon for obtaining his Instrument Rating!! All the hard work paid off. His instructor, David Gazda, and all of us at Lanier Flight Center are proud of his accomplishment. Great job Brian! Be Sociable, Share! Tweet(function() {var s = document.createElement('SCRIPT'),... [Read more]