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!

WaterLandingSky_Pirate_1 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

So, set your coordinates for a new adventure, and let’s hear your “Aargh!” if you’re ready to splash-in!

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!”



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 tomorrowFebruary 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.

The meeting is easily accessible by flying into GA2 or driving.  Please see the attached information, and go to  Call 770.467.8318 with any questions.

We hope to see you there!

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 exclaimed, “WAY TO GO, JIM!”

You Are Invited…


Lanier Flight Center and Textron Aviation are excited to announce your opportunity to view a new Beechcraft Baron!
Join us at Lanier Flight Center at our Dekalb-Peachtree Airport location on Thursday, February 25th between 1:00PM and 5:00PM.
Witness the innovations in this steadfast model, and experience the impeccable quality of the premier piston twin engine.
We’ll see you there!

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!”


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 in celebrating our newest MULTI-ENGINE INSTRUMENT pilot!  WAY TO GO, BUDDY!

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