The certified flight instructors at Aviators Flight Academy have been helping fledgling pilots earn their wings for more than three decades. Students take off from Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport toward the earth’s giant blue tarp using the academy’s fleet of Cessna and Piper fixed-wing aircraft, performing basic maneuvers under a teacher’s expert supervision. Beyond introductory lessons, students can also enroll in the flight-training school to earn their license and finally be able to impersonate pilots at airport bars.
Technicians at All American Tire & Service Co.—an ASE-certified facility—keep cars running with booster shots of synthetic-blend motor oil. Cars guzzle up to 5 quarts of high-grade oil during each 30- to 45-minute service, surrendering their old oil in the hopes that their engine reenergizes as their heartburn ceases. Technicians affix a clean filter to the engine and apply lubrication before inflating tires to their proper levels. Finally, a 55-point inspection leads techs around the car's vitals in order to diagnose safety or performance issues. During the examination, the mechanics inspect components and parts to verify that everything is in working order and nothing is working undercover for a bicycle gang.
Don's Auto Repair, Inc. is a family-owned manor of mechanical maintenance dating back to 1941 and is currently run by Don Sr., his son, and his two grandsons. After soothing your auto's hacking cough with a decadent dose of oil, Don and his crew will check its 23 most sensitive spots, massaging out the kinks and checking for harbingers of potential problems. Finally, a tire rotation will make sure that no rubberized edge bears the whole brunt of your vehicle's wear and tear during a season of demolition derbies and joyrides to Vegas with hitch-hiking water-polo teams. The shop's bright yellow stools and colorful red walls create a cheery atmosphere for customers while they wait for their revitalized rides.
Those who happen to amble by Tamarco Drive at, say, 2:15 in the morning, might hear something they wouldn’t expect—sounds of swishing water, the sudden vroom of a vacuum cleaner, and muffled voices. Night owls can rest easy though, because the sounds are just coming from DTI Professional Auto Detail’s garage, where skillful technicians work morning and night, 24 hours per day every Monday through Thursday, to clean cars, trucks, and SUVs.
Customers can make an appointment to swing by the shop and drop off their cars for one of three detailing packages that include everything from full interior vacuuming and steam cleaning to exterior hand washes and bug and tar removal. The shop also gives customers the chance to purchase à la carte services, such as claying to remove contaminants from paint and odor removal to clear out the smell of the family dog or a cat that forgot to shower. Aside from sprucing up rides, the DTI team also adds customized pinstripes to paint and carefully removes tinted film without damaging the defroster or antenna lines.
The technicians at Eastern Hills Automotive de-grime, buff, and polish grubby vehicles with hand detailing services. During a one-hour interior detail, jalopy cleaners shampoo carpets before scrubbing cloth seats and clipping the toenails of suction-cupped stuffed animals. They will also gently cleanse and condition leather, vinyl, and wood surfaces. The exterior detail's two-hour service starts as technicians hand wash entire auto-body surfaces, resparkling windows and dressing tires before buffing on Meguiar’s wax and applying protective paint sealant. Auto owners who opt for the VIP detailing package get all of the aforementioned services, ensuring cars' insides and outsides sparkle more than a diamond baron’s scepter.
D-Men Auto Detailing's techs meticulously scour horseless carriages inside and out, ridding them of salt and grit accumulated during winter travels. Tackling interiors, skilled hands scrub down carpets and headliners. Leather seats then luxuriate in revitalizing conditioners, and consoles and cup holders relinquish their coveted stashes of fossilized lattes.