The “Tin Goose” Lands at Lanier Flight Center in Two Weeks!

In just two weeks, you can take a step back in time with your friends at Lanier Flight Center and our Gainesville, Georgia EAA Chapter 611 when you experience the 1920’s Ford Tri-Motor!  From Monday, May 12 through Wednesday, May 14, we are collaborating with EAA Chapter 611 for your opportunity to fly the Ford Tri-Motor at our KGVL location!

EAA’s immaculate 1929 Ford Tri-Motor offers an opportunity for passengers to experience flight aboard the world’s first mass-produced airliner.  Bring a friend and travel back to the early days of what was considered luxurious commercial air travel.

The Ford Tri-Motor aircraft was first built by the Ford Motor Company in the late 1920s.  EAA’s Ford Tri-Motor, affectionately dubbed the “Tin Goose”, was constructed in 1929 and has an intriguing history, with roles ranging from service as a Cuban airliner to extensive background fighting forest fires while transporting smoke jumpers.

The “Tin Goose” has also made a celebrity appearance in two major movies—1960’s “Family Jewels” starring Jerry Lewis and 2009’s “Public Enemies” starring Johnny Depp.

EAA’s Tri-Motor can carry up to ten passengers at a time, and every seat has a window.  Participants are encouraged to bring a camera to record and share this experience.  Tickets purchased in advance are $70 for adults; walk up tickets are $75 and $50 for children 17 years old and under.  Book your spot on the historic “Tin Goose” through a secure flight-reservation system at, EAA’s Tri-Motor tour website.  You can also pre-book a flight by calling 1-800-843-3612.  Rides will be on Monday, May 12 from 2:00 to 5:00pm.  Rides on Tuesday, May 13 and Wednesday, May 14 will be from 9:00am until 5:00pm.

We look forward to sharing this memorable event with you and wish to thank our friends in EAA Chapter 611 for making this possible.  For more information on our EAA, please go here:


Eastern Airlines Days

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!  GREAT JOB, DAVE!

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 for Captain Gazda!

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 saying, “Way to go, Mike!”

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 sister Cessna Pilot Center, and we wish him all the best!  Great job, Chris!