EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh, WI

The time is nearly upon as again for the annual EAA AirVenture fly-in, convention, airshow, and all-around Mecca of aviation that occurs each year in late July.

Last year, we had a handful of members in attendance along with one of our planes, N7479G.  This year several of our members will again be in attendance along with our Cessna 182, N735QR, as well as N7479G.

We wish blue skies and tailwinds to our members' and other aviators' flights to Oshkosh and back.  Enjoy a few of the photos documenting last year's trip.

Enjoy some photos of our members' trip to KOSH in July 2017.

April 2017 Member Achievements

This month we've had two members pass checkrides:

  • Simon Jacobs passed his Private Pilot checkride.
  • Jim Jones passed his CFI-A checkride--arguably one of the toughest checkrides out there.

Another of our members, Phil Thomas, completed his high performance endorsement, Cessna 182 checkout, and flight review!

A big "Congratulations!" to those guys.  Those are big milestones!

Latest Member Achievements

Some of our members have been busy over the past few months!

  • In January Steve Crone, our new membership officer, passed his Part 121 check ride in the Airbus 330.
  • Earlier this month, February 2017, Jim Jones passed his commercial check ride.
  • As of yesterday, February 9, 2017, Eric Tyson earned his instrument rating.
Eric Tyson receiving his Instrument Rating with fellow LFC member and CFII Phil Hardin.

Eric Tyson receiving his Instrument Rating with fellow LFC member and CFII Phil Hardin.

September and October Member Achievements

We welcomed two new members in September, and our existing members have been busy increasing skill and maintaining proficiency.

New Members

  • John Carter (September)
  • Thomas Reidy (September)

New Certificates and Ratings

  • Armand Vilches - Remote Pilot Certificate with Rating Small Unmanned Aircraft System (September)
  • Chuck Snipes - Instrument Rating Airplane (October)


  • Andy Lee - Flight Review (September)
  • Andy Lee - Instrument Proficiency Check (September)

Member Achievements

Many of our members have been busy through the first half of this year.  The following pilots had some achievements and milestones reached:

  • Mark Staggs - High Performance Endorsement, March 12th, 2016
  • Paul Carpenter - Flight Review, May 22, 2016
  • Charles Snipes - High Performance Endorsement, April 15, 2016

Charles Snipes with member CFII Phil Hardin.



Beautiful Flight to the Tennessee Museum of Aviation

The morning of December 5th, 2015 dawned a little cool and misty, but by the time the ten LFC members and guest departed M54 the day brought a beautifully sunny day that lent itself to an easy flight into KGKT and a visit into the Tennesee Museum of Aviation.

Sikeston Fly-Out

Member fly-out with eleven pilots and four airplanes to Sikeston, MO (KSIK) for some throwed rolls.

A gem in Middle Tennessee

(Originally published in the November edition of AOPA Pilot magazine.)

By Armand Vilches

Tucked into the rolling hills of Middle Tennessee is a flying club that is creating excitement in the local flying community. In the course of a year, the Lebanon Flying Club has more than doubled its membership and has added a third aircraft to its fleet. There is a membership wait list, and it too is growing. The driver of the club’s recent growth and success is the combination of dynamic club leadership and three very well-maintained and -equipped aircraft.

The club’s first airplane, a 1970 Cessna 172K, was purchased in 1978 from the FBO at Lebanon Municipal Airport (M54). The airplane is still in the fleet and flying out of the same airport. Over the years, the Skyhawk has been upgraded. First, a 180-horsepower engine was added, and then glass avionics were installed. Now, the 45-year-old airframe is equipped with an Aspen EFD 1000 PFD, a Garmin GNS 430W, and an S-Tec Fifty autopilot with altitude hold.

In 1995 the club members wanted to add an additional airplane to carry them faster and farther. Staying true to the club’s mission for economical flying, a 1978 Gulfstream Aerospace AA-5B Tiger was chosen. It’s speedy, simple, and fun to fly. The Tiger also had its panel upgraded, and it now has the same avionics as those in the Cessna 172.

At each monthly dinner meeting there is a safety officer briefing followed by detailed maintenance reports. This is a welcoming club, and by tradition monthly meetings are open to any nonmember interested in attending. It is not unusual to have one or two guests at each meeting.  

The club found a limit of 12 members per aircraft is the perfect balance. Cross-country trips are encouraged, and members can take an aircraft for up to 72 hours without prior approval.

The club’s leadership dedicates the necessary time to plan for the future. Financial and debt management plans, membership recruitment, and the ability to take advantage of opportunities are always discussed openly. Recently, the club learned of a pristine 1977 Cessna 182Q that was for sale. The leadership, with member approval, acquired the aircraft.

With three aircraft, 36 members, and an active wait list, every member is busy keeping the club moving forward. Club members have a positive and enthusiastic attitude about the future of GA. Club Secretary T.O. Cragwall said of the club’s future: “The sky’s the limit.”

Armand Vilches is a commercial pilot, flight instructor, and member of the Lebanon Flying Club.