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!

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, JIM!”

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!”

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!”

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, skills, and well-rounded qualifications necessary during all facets of his examination with FAA Inspector Bob Williams, who gave him two thumbs-up on Friday, May 27! OUTSTANDING JOB, MARK!

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!

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!
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