Fly Like it’s 1928 in the EAA Ford Tri-Motor!

1928:  In aviation news, it was the year Amelia Earhart flew her plane east across the Atlantic Ocean successfully, the first female having done so.  In “less real” aviation, Mickey and Minnie debuted in the silent cartoon short Plane Crazy.  It was also the year sliced bread first appeared, leading many Americans to say it was the best thing since bagged bread.

And what’s better than sliced bread?  Getting to experience the premier passenger transport of 1928, the Ford Tri-Motor!  This stable and immaculate bird is 89 years-young, and is ready to take you on a slow ride through history this week at Lanier Flight Center!  Thanks to our friends at EAA 611, we can take a seat in the most popular airliner of the late 1920s and early 1930s.  From Thursday, October 26 through Sunday, October 29, tickets are available for your opportunity to fly the Ford Tri-Motor at our KGVL location!

The Ford Tri-Motor aircraft was first built by the Ford Motor Company in the late 1920s.  EAA’s Ford Tri-Motor 5-AT-B, affectionately dubbed the “Tin Goose” (and later “the smooth-skin Ford”), was constructed in 1928 and has an intriguing history, with roles ranging from service in the Transcontinental Air Transport (TAT) to Transcontinental and Western Air (TWA), and from Grand Canyon Airlines to Boulder Dam Tours, and much more!

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.  Rides will begin on Thursday, October 26 from 2:00 to 5:00pm.  Rides on Friday, October 27, Saturday, October 28, and Sunday, October 29 will be from 9:00am until 5:00pm.

From the EAA:  “Revenues from the Ford Tri-Motor tour help cover maintenance and operations costs for the aircraft and aid our ambition to keep the ‘Tin Goose’ flying for many years to come.”

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:

Darrin Johnston – First Solo (10/20/17)

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Many have heard Cessna’s call to flight from some years back that went, “Pilot or passenger? You decide.” Well, if you asked two million-miler-plus traveling corporate leader, Darrin Johnston, which he’d choose, you wouldn’t need to look further than his organized retyped study materials, determined gaze — oh — and the gigantic grin he’s been wearing since making his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT! Darrin’s resolve to reach his goals, making time whenever possible, undoubtedly will see him cross the finish line to his check ride! Please join all of us at Lanier Flight Center in cheering, “OUTSTANDING JOB, DARRIN!”

Christian Schlickmann – First Solo (10/15/17)

Just before the clouds moved-in at PDK, Christian Schlickmann successfully completed his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT in Cessna Skyhawk N393ES! After a work week of travel, Christian prefers to fly for himself on the weekends! And his instructor, Rex Smith, says he’ll be taking to the skies as a private pilot in no time at all! Please join all of us at Lanier Flight Center in applauding, “WAY TO GO, CHRISTIAN!”

Josh Friedberg – First Solo (10/13/17)

It’s time to celebrate with Josh Friedberg who made his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT in Cessna Skyhawk N393ES! This focused young man demonstrated goal-setting and follow-through, skills that will take him far in any arena! Josh’s hard work is giving him the opportunity to take his check ride soon, and his instructor, Ann-Perry Blank, couldn’t be prouder! Please join all of us at Lanier Flight Center in cheering, “YOU DID IT, JOSH!”

Connor Pearce – First Solo (10/06/17)

Connor Pearce is all smiles since leaving his instructor, David Ingalsbe, on the ground and completing his FIRST SOLO FLIGHT! At an age when most guys are hoping for their first road trip, Connor is planning his first solo cross-country flight! Connor demonstrates the maturity and focus needed to make a great pilot, and all of us at Lanier Flight Center join his instructor in applauding, “OUTSTANDING JOB, CONNOR!”

Justin Clark – Private Pilot Certificate (10/05/17)

One of the best things about being in the aviation community is seeing dreams realized! Justin Clark recently returned to chase his dream and we couldn’t be happier for him! Justin flew Cessna Skyhawk N2132W into Franklin County Airport and returned to Lanier Flight Center a PRIVATE PILOT! Please join Justin’s instructor, Rick Cornelison, and all of us at LFC in a big, “WAY TO GO, JUSTIN!”