Skyview Aviation promotes its fondness for flight with a pod of professional pilots at the helm. Passengers in search of the picturesque will take off in a Cessna 172P on a sky-borne journey that first flits over Port Aransas beaches before soaring all the way down to North Padre Island. Along the way, passengers will also be presented with a nimbus's-eye view of the Lexington Aircraft Carrier, a World War II naval behemoth buoyed in Corpus Christi Bay. If flyers live close to any of the routed stops, pilots can steer off-course to float over personal domiciles, providing a peaceful yet petite view of homes and impromptu checkups on the babysitter.
At 7:15 in the morning, kids begin to arrive at Odyssey Early Learning, with 4- and 5-year-olds dashing to the door, and babies and younger children drowse on a parent's shoulder. Inside, the staff—all trained in early childhood care—greet the kids and direct parents to a sign outside posting the activities of the day. Teachers corral students as young as 6 weeks and as old as 5 years into age-appropriate peer groups.
In class, instructors blend play and academics, engaging little right brains with music and art lessons and creating new left-brain folds with science projects, math problems, and reading. Throughout the activities, the staff aims to develop social, emotional, intellectual, and motor skills to better prepare kids for the classroom, playground, and tree-house conference room. At the end of the day, parents get a daily feedback report, and every month, staffers prepare a progress report. Parents can also monitor classroom behavior via an eye-in-the-sky webcam, accessible through a password-protected website.
Spartan Defense operates out of Corpus Christi Pistol and Rifle Club, which has an outdoor pistol range.
The staff rents semi-automatic handguns.
The instructors at Spartan Defense, who hold certifications as NRA-certified firearms and personal protection instructors and TDPS-certified handgun instructors, focus on helping students obtain the requirements necessary to apply for their concealed-handgun licenses through qualifying classes. They can also tailor their instruction to develop more specific marksmanship skills during NRA-sanctioned classes and private lessons. In addition to firearms training, instructors also teach unarmed self-defense, drawing upon multiple traditions such as aikido and Japanese jujitsu.