Join Us at the 2017 Cracker Fly-In!


We are excited to announce the 48th Annual CRACKER FLY-IN at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport on Saturday, July 8th!

Our friends with EAA Chapter 611 are bringing something for everyone!  Come for the Pancake Breakfast at 7:30am and stay for a Warbird, DC-3, WACO biplane, or a Huey or Cobra helicopter ride.  Explore 150 aircraft from all over the Southeast including historic, homebuilt, helicopters, and more. Bring the family for the children’s activities, and share the love of flying with your future aviators!

Be sure to visit us at the Lanier Flight Center display for a wide array of aviation activities, and register to win an Introductory Flight in a new Cessna Skyhawk!  Explore Cessna aircraft and speak with our instructors about all levels of flight training to reach your aviation goals!  Then, take-off on an Introductory Flight with one of our skilled instructors!  Experience everything from splashing-in with floatplanes to arriving in style with Lanier Flight Express charter opportunities!

Parking is free through a special Palmour Drive entrance off of Queen City Parkway at I-985, and there is only a $5 donation per person at the gate (free for children 12 and under).  So mark your calendars and join us Saturday, July 8 for the Cracker Fly-in!

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David Kimball – Private Pilot Certificate (06/26/17)


The fireworks are starting early for David Kimball who is Lanier Flight Center’s newest PRIVATE PILOT! David has extra reasons to celebrate this holiday as he can exercise his freedom to fly in the greatest country in history! David’s instructor, Mark Hughes, couldn’t be prouder of David’s success, and knows he is a safe and knowledgeable pilot! Please join all of us at LFC in cheering, “GREAT JOB, DAVID!”

Bruce Mistarz – First Solo (06/23/17)

Bruce Mistarz knows the meaning of keeping your dreams alive as evidenced by making his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT! Bruce has been training with one of our great dream-fulfillers, Chuck Padgett, and launched into the solo pilot realm in Cessna Skyhawk N1006V! All of us at Lanier Flight Center have enjoyed sharing Bruce’s aviation journey, and know he will achieve his private pilot certificate soon! WAY TO GO, BRUCE!

Doug Finner – First Solo (06/13/17)

Doug Finner had a surprise during his flight lesson when his instructor, Rick Cornelison, told him he was getting out of the plane! Doug didn’t know it was going to be THE day, but that didn’t stop him from soaring into his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT! Doug made three beautiful landings in Cessna Skycatcher N70252! Rick’s confidence in Doug’s skills and focus was well-deserved, and all of us at Lanier Flight Center cheered, “YOU DID IT, DOUG!”

John Jacobs – First Solo (06/08/17)

It was a picture-perfect day for Operation John Solo as friends and family stealthily gathered at LFC for a peek at John Jacobs’ FIRST SOLO FLIGHT! John’s sharp eye caught-on, but not to worry, he made three beautiful landings, and sounded like a seasoned pro on the radio! All of us at Lanier Flight Center have been inspired by John’s dedication and courage throughout his training, and it will be enjoyable to see those tools carve a great future. Please join John’s instructor, David Ingalsbe in applauding, “OUTSTANDING JOB, JOHN!”

Jeremy Chen – First Solo (06/02/17)

When Jeremy Chen decided to begin flight training, he was the youngest student pilot at our PDK location, and we have seen his determination pay-off! He is a young man going places, including taking his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT in Cessna Skyhawk N2458M! Please join Jeremy’s instructor, Jeff Reimer, and all of us at Lanier Flight Center in exclaiming, “GREAT JOB, JEREMY!”

Johnny Sommers II – First Solo (06/02/17)

When Johnny Sommers took-off in Cessna Skyhawk N2132W for his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT, he wasn’t the first in the Sommers crew to solo at Lanier Flight Center, but he certainly seemed to enjoy it the most! Dad got to be a kid again with the whole horizon in front of him, and we are betting that smile lasts for weeks to come! Please join Johnny’s instructor, Rick Cornelison, and all of us at LFC in cheering, “WAY TO GO, JOHNNY!”

Pablo Chavarria – First Solo (06/01/17)

With college finals just past, Pablo Chavarria turned his attention to his next goal- his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT! Pablo left his instructor, Rick Cornelison, on the ground and launched into the world of solo piloting in Cessna Skyhawk N2132W! All of us at Lanier Flight Center are grateful for Pablo’s contributions to our team, and we couldn’t be prouder to see one of our own reaching his aviation goals! Please join us in a big, “YOU DID IT, PABLO!”