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 fun! We wish Josh ‘blue skies’ and many adventures with his new rating! Join all of us at Lanier Flight Center in exclaiming, “YOU DID IT, JOSH!”
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!
Matt Kirschner – First Solo (03/30/16)
Matt Kirschner may have been a little chilly after CFI James Weatherford performed the ritual removal of his shirttail (and back), but he didn’t notice! Matt’s only thought was that he had successfully made his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT!
All of us at Lanier Flight Center are celebrating the accomplishment of this bright and talented young aviator, and we know he is receiving some extra thumbs-up from above as a Kelly Chandler Wings Scholarship winner! Please join us in a big, “WAY TO GO, MATT!”
Brian Bera – Airline Transport Pilot Certificate (03/24/16)
Don’t be alarmed if you heard a loud commotion at Lanier Flight Center! It was just the ground shaking from the celebration for our Brian Bera who achieved the highest grade certificate issued by the FAA with a big thumbs-up from FAA DPE Ben Carr! Brian never lost sight of his dream of earning the AIRLINE TRANSPORT PILOT CERTIFICATE, and now he knows that the sky truly is the limit! Join Brian’s instructor, Brad Falberg, and all of us at LFC in exclaiming, “YOU DID IT, BRIAN!”
Calling All Sky Pirates!
Have you ever flown over a smooth body of water and wondered what it was like to land on it? Or, have you seen beautiful lakes and rivers in remote destinations and wondered what it would be like to fly-in and camp there? Maybe a new rating is on your bucket list this year? For all the ways you feel the call for adventure, the Sky Pirates at Lanier Flight Center have the answer!
Our Sky Pirate Commanders are on deck at our Blairsville Airport (KDZJ) location and are ready to share the thrill of landing on water! Now you can earn your Private or Commercial SES Rating with Lanier Flight Center, so please keep reading for information on how you can become a Sky Pirate, or give the Gift of Flight to someone interested in splashing-in!
Introductory Floatplane Lesson – $275
This Gift of Flight is available for purchase through the LFC website or at one of our Atlanta area locations, and is good for one year from the date of purchase, just like our other gift certificates.You or your favorite aviator can get a feel for what it’s like to be a Sky Pirate! Land on water in our amphibious floatplane and learn about seaplane operations from our skilled and knowledgeable Sky Pirate Commanders! This experience is one hour. Tax included.
Seaplane Rating Package – $2150
This is the all-inclusive package price for receiving the SES rating, Private or Commercial, and is payable before the first lesson. This is the package for completing the rating in the typical one-week time frame. It includes:
- FAA Seaplane Handbook FAA-H-8083-23
- LFC Sky Pirates Handbook
- 5 hours of ground instruction
- 5 hours of flight instruction
- Sky Pirate logo gear item
- The FAA examiner fee is an additional $400, payable to the examiner in cash or check at the check ride. So, the entire program cost is $2550.
Seaplane Training á la carte fees – $450/hr
For anyone needing to span the training outside of the one-week format, an hourly rate for floatplane with instructor is available.
Sky Pirate Commander Contact Info
For further information, or to speak directly with Sky Pirate Commander Steve Thompson, please call 503.836.7734. Also, you may email SkyPirates@lanierflightcenter.com.
Lynn Gooch – Single-Engine Sea Rating (03/23/16)
Hoist the Sky Pirate flag and let the celebrations begin! Lynn Gooch splashed-into LFC history as our FIRST Sky Pirate graduate on Wednesday, March 23 when he earned his Single-Engine Sea Rating in N127CC! Commander Steve had a great time with Lynn, and is very proud of his accomplishment! Join all of us at Lanier Flight Center in congratulating Lynn and give him a big, “AARGH!”
Jared Sarkisian – Private Pilot Certificate (03/18/16)
Jared Sarkisian’s goal-oriented approach to becoming a pilot earned his rating very close to the FAA minimum hours! Join all of us in congratulating Jared on being Lanier Flight Center’s newest PRIVATE PILOT! Jared’s instructor, Joe Courtney, couldn’t be prouder, and all of us at LFC cheer, “YOU DID IT, JARED!”
Jeff Mitchell – Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (03/08/16)
This birthday is one that Jeff Mitchell will never forget! From being swarmed by his kids with hugs and Happy Birthday wishes to adding an advanced rating to his repertoire, it’s one for the books! Jeff flew his Piper Seneca twin and demonstrated the knowledge and skills to receive a big birthday thumbs-up for his Multi-Engine Instrument Rating from FAA DPE Randy Haralson! Jeff’s instructor, Chuck Padgett, said, “It will be a real comfort having Jeff in the clouds with the rest of us… He is a very sharp and professional instrument pilot.” WAY TO GO, JEFF!
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 celebrates his accomplishment! Join all of us at LFC in exclaiming, “YOU DID IT, WES!”
EAA Chairman Pelton Speaks at Candler Field Museum TOMORROW
It’s a beautiful weekend for all things aviation, and, if you are not already planning to attend, we’d love to see you at the EAA Town Hall Meeting tomorrow, February 27. Join your friends from EAA 611 and Lanier Flight Center, as well as EAA and VAA members from area airports for a message from EAA Chairman & CEO Jack Pelton, who hosts the meeting at 1:00pm.
Located at the Peach State Aerodrome, the Candler Field Museum provides a wonderful venue for the meeting, and you are encouraged to come early to join fellow aviators for lunch at the Barnstormer’s Grill.
We hope to see you there!