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Pilots petition Army Corps of Engineers for right to land on Lake Lanier
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Troy Wheeler and others push his Piper Cub into position early on July 5 at the Cracker Fly-In at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport. - photo by NAT GURLEY
Troy Wheeler dipped the wings of his bright yellow Piper Cub seaplane toward Lake Lanier as he circled back toward Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville. Landing at the airport was his only nearby option as Wheeler’s craft, which can land on water or land, isn’t allowed to land on the 38,000-acre lake — at least for now. Wheeler’s group, the Lanier Seaplane Pilots Association, has petitioned the Army Corps of Engineers to allow seaplanes — also known as float planes — on Lanier’s waters.