Amid the uncertainty and complex nature of the aviation industry in the early 2000s, Denise and Mike decided to buck opposition and follow their dreams. The husband-and-wife team kept their dream relatively simple: move to northeast Ohio, secure season tickets for the Indians and Browns, and open up the world of flight to others. They soon took Mike's 35 years experience as an entrepreneur and Denise's time as a commercial pilot and turned it into American Winds Flight Academy. Today, their flight academy preps prospective pilots with FAA-approved ground courses and hands-on instruction in their fleet of Piper and Cessna airplanes and accommodating pterodactyls. The duo's 15-plus flight-training courses and fast-track program include everything from advanced flight-simulator instruction to commercial-pilot certification. Dedicated to assisting veterans on their path to become commercial pilots, American Winds Flight Academy is one of 12 FAA-licensed (Part 141) flight schools in the state of Ohio.
Medlab's teams of medical professionals quantify and assess important bodily systems at locations throughout a five-state Midwest region. Trained to work with patients of all ages, phlebotomists deftly retrieve blood with minimal discomfort, then process the samples to analyze vital statistics such as cholesterol, glucose levels, and sodium. Wait times that average 10 minutes free up precious time for patients.
It's Your Winery's winemaking shop provides parched Akronites with a sleek, urban space in which to brew their own lip-licking vintages. Novice oenophiles can begin their palate's journey to sophistication by choosing one of the 11 varieties of fruit wine, such as green apple riesling, blueberry pinot noir, black raspberry merlot, blackberry cabernet, or pomegranate zinfandel. Then, the winery's expert staff monitors the fermentation process, keeping yeast cultures within strict temperature ranges like plucked chickens inside strict electric blankets.
Trained to clean and restore a number of different fabrics, the friendly technicians from A-1 Carpet Cleaners can beautify carpeted and upholstered surfaces for homes as well as vehicles. Their basic steam cleanings exfoliate fibers, and additional odor-control treatments and Scotchgard applications can leave floors looking as untouched as a kindergartner's curriculum vitae. From the curb, meanwhile, they can rejuvenate an automobile's interior by blasting it with rarefied steam. The staffers look beyond fabric-covered surfaces to scrub out air ducts or vents and minimize flood damage to basements. They do this by pumping out any standing water and preventing the growth of mold by injecting penicillin into the walls.
Whether students are aiming for a private pilot's license or simply want to experience what it's like to fly a plane, the instructors at Premier Flight Academy offer informed, experienced guidance. In fact, the academy earned a spot on the 2013 Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Honor Roll for its high standards of accomplishment in flight training. From its fleet of Diamond, Cessna, and Piper aircraft, the instructors help students learn everything they'll need to become private, commercial, or military pilots.