45th Annual Cracker Fly-In is THIS Saturday, July 5th!

Cracker Fly In 2014

We are excited to announce the

45th Annual CRACKER FLY-IN

at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport

on Saturday, July 5th!

Aircraft from pre-WWII to the latest in experimental flying machines will be on display!  Join your friends from Lanier Flight Center and EAA Chapter 611 for a full day of family fun!

Come for the Pancake Breakfast at 7:30am and stay for a WACO biplane or a Huey or Cobra helicopter ride.  You will find everything from the numerous dynamic aviation displays to children’s activities, and a delicious Branch House Tavern lunch.

You won’t want to miss our 11th Anniversary Celebration at the Lanier Flight Center exhibit!  We have enjoyed 11 years as your Cessna Pilot Center and will have aircraft on floats, flight training aircraft with the latest flat screen avionics, and more.  Experience the Cessna Discover Flying Challenge (cessna.com/dfc), and register for prizes like a free float plane flight! Current Lanier Flight Center Flying Club Members, be sure to stop by for your gift.

Parking is free through a special Palmour Drive entrance off of Queen City Parkway at I-985, and there is only a $3 donation per person at the gate (free for children 12 and under).  So mark your calendars and join us Saturday, July 5 for the 45th Cracker Fly-in!

Go to http://www.611.eaachapter.org/ for more information.

Cessna TTx Receives FAA Certification of FIKI System

Cessna Corvalis TTx

WICHITA, Kan., June 25, 2014 – Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, today announced that it has received Federal Aviation Administration certification of the Flight Into Known Icing (FIKI) system for the high-performance Cessna TTx propeller aircraft.

The FIKI system extends the TTx’s mission capabilities and enables pilots to file flight plans for varying weather conditions. It can provide up to two-and-a-half hours of protection from most ice attaching to the airframe, with minimal impact on the performance.

“The Cessna TTx program has been incredibly successful and certification for the FIKI system is the next important step in the maturing of the aircraft,” said Brian Steele, Cessna TTx business leader. “A TTx equipped with FIKI offers great value for customers, allowing their business and recreational plans to stay on schedule, even in some adverse weather conditions. The TTx is already the world’s fastest commercially produced and certified fixed-gear single-engine aircraft, and we are confident the FIKI option will ensure the TTx appeals to an even wider customer base.”

The FIKI system uses glycol-based TKS fluid, which is pumped through micro-drilled holes in the titanium leading edges of the aircraft’s wings. The propeller and windshield are also protected with TKS fluid.

The TTx is an all-composite, high-performance aircraft, designed specifically for comfort, speed and luxury. The TTx is the first airplane to be equipped with the Garmin G2000 avionics system, featuring a glass cockpit with dual 14.1-inch (35.81 cm) high-definition displays and touch-screen controls.

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!

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 Gazda, knows John has what it takes!  GREAT JOB, JOHN!

Give Dad the Gift of Flight this Father’s Day


You have always been the “wind beneath his wings” and now you can help Dad SOAR!

This Father’s Day, give Dad the Gift of Flight by purchasing a Lanier Flight Center gift certificate of your choice by going to our home page, lanierflightcenter.com, and clicking on the gift box on the right.  All gift certificate options are valid for a full year at any of our Lanier Flight Center locations, and all will come directly to your email right away!

So, if you have been looking for the perfect solution for your Father’s Day gift search, choose the gift that creates lasting memories, fits all sizes and ages, and will let Dad know that he still has what it takes to light up the sky!

For more information, please let us assist you at 678.989.2395 (KGVL) or 770.457.1270 (KPDK), and have a very Happy Father’s Day!