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:

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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Good News from the Lanier Seaplane Pilots Association

With summer approaching, many of us in the aviation community will enjoy longer daylight hours for both flying and water sports, and if we are lucky enough to experience the perfect marriage of both, we’ll make some water landings!

The Lanier Seaplane Pilots Association is pleased to announce that the effort that began in June 2013 to open Lake Sidney Lanier for seaplane compatibility is making progress.

For those who are new to our updates, the LSPA is a group of like-minded pilots and aviation enthusiasts who would like to share the waterways in north Georgia, specifically Lake Sidney Lanier, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-managed lake.  The LSPA opened communications with the USACE in 2013 which led to the submittal of an Environmental Assessment to the Corps, and the retention of United Consulting, a geotechnical engineering and environmental services group.  Thanks to the wonderful work of LSPA team members and United Consulting firm’s dedication in addressing the USACE’s responses to the LSPA Environmental Assessment, the ball is moving down the field.

Last week, United Consulting received encouraging news that the USACE Buford Office Operations Project Manager stated that the revised LSPA Environmental Assessment was being reviewed and evaluated for where to be included in the overall Lake Lanier Project Master Plan Update.   This openness has been typical of the communication with the USACE local office, and has continued to be the reason that Seaplane Pilots Association Georgia Field Director, Troy Wheeler, says, “It’s a positive sign.  They are open and working with us.”

Thank you for continuing to be a Friend of Our Effort.  We look forward to sharing updates as they are available.


Spring Happenings at LFC


With the April showers almost past for 2017, it’s a good time to introduce a new season of flying fun for our Lanier Flight Center friends and family…

We’re busy expanding our operations to make it easier than ever for you to reach your aviation goals!  By adding several skilled Certified Flight Instructors and friendly Operations Team personnel at both locations, we are maintaining high LFC standards while increasing our availability.  Our rock-solid state-of-the-industry Maintenance Team is growing with us, and continues to be the reason we provide the safest, most dependable fleet.  Also, we are excited to announce that the process has begun to add new aircraft to the fleet of our growing charter operation, Lanier Flight Express, and we are fortunate to have wonderful additions to our charter crew.  Stay tuned for more details!

At our PDK location, our manager Brian Bera and crew are working to relocate our offices to the Epps side of the field just beneath the Downwind.  Not only will we be closer to our fleet, we will be easier to find.  So, stop by in May to experience our new hangout!

With springtime’s longer periods of daylight providing more opportunities to train, we are adjusting our hours to serve your needs.  Lanier Flight Center is your school; we are your crew.  Ready to help you achieve your mission and view the horizon where it was meant to be…

Where Your Dreams Take Flight!

Calling All Sky Pirates!

WaterLandingSky_Pirate_1 Have you ever flown over a smooth body of  water and wondered what it was like to land  on it?  Or, have you seen beautiful lakes  and rivers in remote destinations and  wondered what it would be like to fly-in and  camp there?  Maybe a new rating is on  your bucket list this year?  For all the ways  you feel the call for adventure,  the Sky  Pirates at Lanier Flight Center  have the answer!


Our Sky Pirate Commanders are on deck at our Blairsville Airport (KDZJ) location and are ready to share the thrill of landing on water!  Now you can earn your Private or Commercial SES Rating with Lanier Flight Center, so please keep reading for information on how you can become a Sky Pirate, or give the Gift of Flight to someone interested in splashing-in!


Introductory Floatplane Lesson – $275
This Gift of Flight is available for purchase through the LFC website or at one of our Atlanta area locations, and is good for one year from the date of purchase, just like our other gift certificates.You or your favorite aviator can get a feel for what it’s like to be a Sky Pirate!  Land on water in our amphibious floatplane and learn about seaplane operations from our skilled and knowledgeable Sky Pirate Commanders!  This experience is one hour.  Tax included.

Seaplane Rating Package – $2150
This is the all-inclusive package price for receiving the SES rating, Private or Commercial, and is payable before the first lesson.  This is the package for completing the rating in the typical one-week time frame.  It includes:

  • FAA Seaplane Handbook FAA-H-8083-23
  • LFC Sky Pirates Handbook
  • 5 hours of ground instruction
  • 5 hours of flight instruction
  • Sky Pirate logo gear item
  • The FAA examiner fee is an additional $400, payable to the examiner in cash or check at the check ride.  So, the entire program cost is $2550.

Seaplane Training á la carte fees – $450/hr
For anyone needing to span the training outside of the one-week format, an hourly rate for floatplane with instructor is available.

Sky Pirate Commander Contact Info
For further information, or to speak directly with Sky Pirate Commander Steve Thompson, please call 503.836.7734.  Also, you may email

So, set your coordinates for a new adventure, and let’s hear your “Aargh!” if you’re ready to splash-in!

EAA Chairman Pelton Speaks at Candler Field Museum TOMORROW


It’s a beautiful weekend for all things aviation, and, if you are not already planning to attend, we’d love to see you at the EAA Town Hall Meeting tomorrowFebruary 27.  Join your friends from EAA 611 and Lanier Flight Center, as well as EAA and VAA members from area airports for a message from EAA Chairman & CEO Jack Pelton, who hosts the meeting at 1:00pm.

Located at the Peach State Aerodrome, the Candler Field Museum provides a wonderful venue for the meeting, and you are encouraged to come early to join fellow aviators for lunch at the Barnstormer’s Grill.

The meeting is easily accessible by flying into GA2 or driving.  Please see the attached information, and go to  Call 770.467.8318 with any questions.

We hope to see you there!

You Are Invited…


Lanier Flight Center and Textron Aviation are excited to announce your opportunity to view a new Beechcraft Baron!
Join us at Lanier Flight Center at our Dekalb-Peachtree Airport location on Thursday, February 25th between 1:00PM and 5:00PM.
Witness the innovations in this steadfast model, and experience the impeccable quality of the premier piston twin engine.
We’ll see you there!

Reindeer Games for All the Good Boys and Girls

He is an aviator of epic proportions, covering the globe in one night with more stops than can be counted, and now Santa is joining your friends at Lanier Flight Center in wishing you and yours a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Also, Santa’s crew at LFC has some merry GIFT OPTIONS and new REINDEER GAMES …

Looking for the perfect way to provide some LIFT for your favorite aviator?  Simply click on the image below, or click on the gift certificate link on the right-hand side of our website.  You will see pre-packaged options, or you may create your own gift certificate in any amount.  If you prefer to speak to one of our elves, you may call us at 678.989.2395 (KGVL) or 770.457.1270 (KPDK) and our friendly team will help you become the wind beneath someone’s wings this Christmas!

CALLING ALL SKY PIRATES!  Coming in early 2016, Lanier Flight Center is opening the path for you to earn your Seaplane Rating!  Look for updates on where you can learn to land on water and how to enroll in the program!   It promises to be the most fun you can legally have in an airplane- ARGH!

If getting there FASTER and bringing your crew is your mission, Lanier Flight Express has the solution you have been seeking!  Contact us to learn how you can arrive in style in our King Air Super 200, and (COMING SOON) our Citation jet!  Santa says, “Don’t wait in line at the airport!  Charter is smarter!“

Thank you for making 2015 a wonderful year at Lanier Flight Center!  We have enjoyed being a part of your aviation journey and we look forward to many adventures together in 2016!

LFC Celebrates a New FAA Certification

Part 141
At Lanier Flight Center, we are always looking for the best answer to meet your flying needs.  We value your time, so we maintain on-site amenities like FAA testing and FAA airmen physicals.  Because partnering in your mission is our ultimate goal, we offer everything from flight training and charter, to aircraft management and aircraft sales.  We are always listening to you, our valued customer, and we are excited about launching another solution for your aviation goals.
Beginning this week, Lanier Flight Center is offering flight training under FAA Part 141 authority.  This hard-won certification also opens the possibilities of co-curricular affiliations with institutions of higher learning.  Also, in the time allowed by the VA, we will begin the process to receive approval to honor our men and women who have served our country by accepting the GI Bill for advanced rating flight training.
We look forward to continued growth with you, and especially enjoy the celebrations of each achievement along the way. Thank you for being the reason we fly!

It’s Time for Ground School!


If you are Peyton Manning, you know the importance of studying the films.  If you are Linus Van Pelt, you know the value of perseverance.  But even if you don’t throw a football like a pro or believe in the Great Pumpkin, you know they are both signs of fall and that only means one thing…

It’s time for Ground School!

Lanier Flight Center’s Ground School Coordinator, Derek Metro, is offering a dynamic interactive online Ground School Private Pilot course!  Prepare to re-focus, re-energize, and take-off this fall!

Beginning Thursday, September 24 through Thursday, December 17, we will offer weekly Private Pilot Ground School classes from 7:00-9:00pm EST.  This online course will feature a customized format with recorded sessions for convenient review or make-up classes.  The entire course is only $349!

To enroll, simply drop by or call us at 678.989.2395 (KGVL) or 770.457.1270 (KPDK) and you will be on your way to Ground School!

Pilots, student pilots, and friends and family of aviators in training…
Consider giving Ground School to yourself or to your favorite aviator!  Just call and let our LFC customer service representatives make it easy for you to support the pilot in your life.

A few notes about our course offerings…
Private Pilot Course:  Student Pilots, join us for the aviation knowledge you need to pass your FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Written and Oral Exams.  Seasoned Pilots, active or inactive, log on for a refresher on the latest aeronautical knowledge and information.  Wherever you are on your aviation journey, our Private Pilot Ground School course is for you!

Lastly, go here for a message from Derek…