Chris Canon – Private Pilot Certificate (08/29/14)


Let the celebrations begin!  It’s college football kick-off weekend, and if Chris Canon were playing you’d see it sail through the uprights!  Chris flew Cessna Skyhawk N623KW to KGRD and scored a big ‘W’ from FAA DPE Randy Haralson!  Join Chris’ coach, CFII Kelly Chandler and all of us at Lanier Flight Center in congratulating our newest PRIVATE PILOT!  WAY TO GO, CHRIS!

John Reid – Private Pilot Certificate (08/25/14)


John Reid is wearing a permanent smile since flying Cessna Skyhawk N109TJ to KFGU on Monday, August 25—it has to do with the special piece of paper he received from FAA DPE Ben Carr that states PRIVATE PILOT CERTIFICATE!  John’s instructor, Jesse Leftwich, and everyone at Lanier Flight Center are giving John a standing ovation for a job WELL DONE!  Congratulations, John!

Kiran Kumar Gudipati – First Solo (08/23/14)


When Kiran’s friends at work ask what he did over the weekend, he can say, “I made my FIRST SOLO FLIGHT!”  Many congratulations from all of us at Lanier Flight Center, and from Kiran’s instructor, Kelly Chandler, who was left on the side of the runway at KGVL as Kiran took-off in Cessna Skyhawk N291HW!  GREAT JOB, KIRAN!

Davis Cook – Private Pilot (08/17/14)


Davis Cook likes to get an ‘ace’ on the golf course, and now he’s a certificated FLYING ACE!  Congratulations to Davis Cook for becoming Lanier Flight Center’s newest PRIVATE PILOT!  Davis’ instructor, Chuck Padgett, and FAA DPE Randy Haralson lead the celebration!  YOU DID IT, DAVIS!

LFC Pilots Take a Field Trip to ATC

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On Wednesday, July 30, Lanier Flight Center Flying Club members accompanied by Assistant Chief Flight Instructor, Juan Leon, experienced the world of Air Traffic Control at the world’s busiest airport.  Jim Flock, Tony Herdener, Michael Higdon, Andy May, Drew Reggie, Travis Rogers, and Erik VanName toured the ATC tower at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, and learned about the complexities and precision of the controller’s role in keeping the skies safe.

The participants agreed that pilots are lifelong learners, and a better understanding of air traffic control would be beneficial to everyone who used radio communications.  After viewing an overhead photo of the airport and learning about the massive construction project of the fifth runway, “we moved on to the top of the tower,” said Erik VanName.  “It’s the third tallest in the world.  The planes arriving and departing looked like toys in slow motion.  We even caught the Korean Air A380 departing the south runway.  It comes to ATL twice a week. Its gross take-off weight is up to 1.3 million pounds!  (We) also learned that controllers handle about 2,000 flight ops per day.  I think the record in one hour was 319,” that’s 5.3 per second!

“Michael Houghtaling gave the tour,” added Michael Higdon.  “Everybody enjoyed his insight and good humor.  The tour guide can make all the difference and Michael did a great job.”

All of the participants wish to thank Lanier Flight Center Flying Club member, Jim Flock, for coordinating this informative and engaging field trip for pilots.

John Asbury – Private Pilot Certificate (08/07/14)


Join all of us at Lanier Flight Center in a big CONGRATULATIONS for John Asbury who became a PRIVATE PILOT at KPDK flying Cessna Skyhawk N291HW!  FAA DPE Dan Emin gave John the ‘green light’ and his instructor, Derek Metro, led the cheers!  GREAT JOB, JOHN!

Jason Martin – First Solo (08/07/14)


If cameras had lined Runway 5 at KGVL on August 7, history would be recorded as Jason Martin made three beautiful landings during his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT!  Jason’s instructor, Derek Metro, knew he had what it takes, and we all join Derek in saying, “WAY TO GO, JASON!”

Chris Canon – First Solo (08/07/14)


It was a beautiful morning and Chris Canon decided it was time to leave his instructor, Kelly Chandler, on the ground at KGVL as he took-off in Cessna Skyhawk N2458M for his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT!  Maybe it’s that he’s missing the back of his Hawaiian shirt, but Chris has been smiling all the way as he works toward his check ride goal at turbo speed!  Join all of us at Lanier Flight Center in congratulating Chris on a super job!  Go for it, Chris!

Morgan Craver – Private Pilot Certificate (08/04/14)


Join everyone at Lanier Flight Center in congratulating Morgan Craver on becoming our newest PRIVATE PILOT!  Morgan flew Cessna Skyhawk N109TJ to KFGU and received two big thumbs-up from FAA DPE Ben Carr!  Morgan said it was the fact that he wore his Steelers shirt but was later convinced by his instructor, Jesse Leftwich, and LFC at PDK Ops Manager, Brian Bera, that it was indeed his flying skills.  GREAT JOB, MORGAN!

Nathan Sidey – First Solo (08/01/14)


From the first day that Nathan entered Lanier Flight Center, it was apparent that he was a young man on a mission!  His focus and dedication have inspired all of us, and we celebrate Nathan’s FIRST SOLO FLIGHT in N1006V!  Nathan’s instructor, Chuck Padgett, and all of us at LFC cheer, “WAY TO GO, NATHAN!”