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.
Featuring 53 miles of track and 25 bridges, Great Smoky Mountains Railroad transports guests to majestic mountain locales in western Carolina, allowing travelers to view nature's splendor while sitting on a modern marvel. The four-and-a-half-hour trip offers coach seating to train setters tired of driving through the mountains with the Space Shuttle and its noisy transmission, instead surrounding them in 1920s-inspired train cars, complete with heat and ceiling fans for climate comfort.
Segway Rentals and Sales of Pigeon Forge gives guests a privileged view of The Old Mill, The Island, The Greenway, and The Parkway from the vantage point of their trusty Segways. Rental experiences include a brief training before the group ventures out. As a Certified Level 2 Service Center, Segway Rentals and Sales also repairs and sells Segways.
Aside from taking place inside a 30-foot mobile video-game theater dressed with leather walls, hardwood floors, and a carpet runner, no Gamer vs. Gamer party is alike. That's because each soiree includes a choice of personalized touches??from face-painting sessions and glow-in-the-dark T-shirts to cakes shaped like game controllers??for each birthday child. These add-ons flavor events that unfold inside the self-powered, climate-controlled suite, which is also armed with wi-fi and streaming music capabilities. Under the watch of an adult game concierge, up to 12 partygoers lounging in leather game chairs select from a digital video game catalog ranging from Sonic & All-Stars Racing to NBA 2K14 to play on a 55-inch HDTV. If parents approve, Gamer vs. Gamer also supplies more mature options such as Halo 4. Also available for weddings and graduations, the suite can even be converted into a 3D movie theater for screenings of select flicks such as The Lion King. But all of these attractions are supplementary to the main event, the party itself, which Gamer vs. Gamer is dedicated to making wild and spectacular for every guest.
The FAA-certified pilots at Prestige Helicopters, Inc. fly their passengers over downtown Atlanta, the King and Queen towers, and Turner Field. They helm a fleet of three Robinson R44 helicopters, as well as R22 whirlybirds, each spacious enough for up to three guests. Along the way, skybound guests peep at the area's arterial highways, majestic mountains, and winding Chattahoochee River, intermittently soaring high enough to fly over skyscrapers while avoiding most feral clouds.
Pilots also instill basics of takeoff, steering, and landing during flight-training programs that start students off on the cloud-kicking path to obtaining private, commercial, and flight-instructor licenses. When not leading tours and training programs, the skywaymen shuttle passengers between airports and hotels and take aerial photographers up for photo shoots.