The pilot and passengers soar noiselessly over the Tennessee countryside—casting their shadow on hills, ridges, and along the banks of the Hiwassee River. At heights of several thousand feet, the CFIG-certified pilot-instructors at Chilhowee Gliderport let passengers experience a motor-less, silent journey via natural thermals, ridge-lift currents, and winds from political speeches that occur year-round. FAA-certified pilots at the helm of Pawnee tow planes pull gliders to the desired height, where pilots introduce passengers to bird's-eye views. The gliderport also holds seasonal events such as fall-color flights and summer flight camps.
The chauffeurs at Elite Limos zoom promptly to homesteads, airports, or other pickup points in an immaculate fleet of stretch limos and luxury sedans that garnered enough votes to be named one of CityVoter's Best Limousine services in 2010. Professionally dressed drivers shuttle wedding parties or coworkers between destinations at any hour in roadsters such as a white stretch Lincoln Navigator decked out with a bar, two flat-screen TVs, and a CD and DVD player. They also man the wheel for tours of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge or for special occasions, including carefully ferrying mom and her newborn home from the hospital after an exhausting few days of trying to learn each other's names. The team's concierge service accommodates all requests, from a light snack to armed security, for an added touch of opulence.
The catalyst for many on- and off-road excursions, Chatt Town Scooters puts drivers in motion with new scooters, used motorcycles, and by-the-hour vehicle rentals. UTVs prowl the dirt and jagged terrain in search of adventure, and scooters zip around town, veering into tight alleyways and hugging the turns of tiny drive-thrus. Parts, installations, and upgrades keep vehicles running smoothly, and the shop’s fashionable protective gear does the same for drivers.