The experienced pilots and capable ground crew at Horizon Helicopter welcome flight seekers to their state-approved helicopter training facility. The school's top pilots offer an introductory flight lesson that guides hoverbird mimickers through all the checks and balances of airborne operation. The FLYIT Professional Helicopter Simulator keeps flyers grounded as they learn piloting techniques, including instrument operation and positional awareness; all hard-mounted switches and controls replicate those in the real aircraft, including operational gumball machines and Wright Brother bobble heads. The combined effect of wide views and the simulator’s accurate imitation of translational lift and torque transports pilot apprentices into the wild blue yonder without fear of cabin-pressure ear pops. Following this 30-minute simulation, pilot pros will set sail above the clouds with rookies in tow for 30 more minutes, allowing novice fingers a chance to twirl the dials and steer the helicopter's course through the sky.
When record amounts of water from Tropical Storm Henri ravaged Red Clay Valley, it left six historic bridges destroyed and reduced the 10-mile Wilmington & Western Railroad to a mere two miles. The railroad is no stranger to change—since officially opening for passenger and freight service in 1872, the approximately 20-mile track was gradually shortened before beginning to escort tourists on steam-powered jaunts in 1966. Through all its transformations, the rail has persevered, and its encounter with Tropical Storm Henri was no exception. By June 30, 2007, the track was restored and Royal Blue coaches followed a locomotive 98 for the first 10-mile journey on the track in nearly four years.
These days, Wilmington & Western Railroad's locomotives continue to follow Red Clay Creek on leisurely round-trip jaunts, romantic rides, and themed excursions. After their ride, youngsters can learn about railroading heritage with a series of online games, and individuals or groups can charter a train for subsequent travels to any destination along the line.
Parked cars rarely make sudden moves, but just in case, Park & Jet never sleeps. The vigilant attendants oversee the fenced, stadium-lit lot 24 hours a day to make sure each vehicle is safe and fed while their owners are away. Situated two miles from the airport, the lot also operates spacious 12 passenger shuttles that comfortably transport travelers and their luggage to and from the Philadelphia International Airport’s terminals. And, in case of disaster, the attendants will provide complimentary assistance with dead batteries and flat tires that travelers would otherwise be forced to replace with the biggest donut in their suitcase.
Situated just two miles from Philadelphia International Airport, Colonial Airport Parking houses vehicles in a 1,500-space, fenced-in facility that is secured by stadium lighting and a 24-hour staff who has 50 years of experience in the parking industry. Travelers can opt to self-park or leave their car with a valet. Once they’ve secured their spot, spacious shuttles that run continuously will transport them to their terminal. For customers who choose valet parking, the facility offers additional services such as car washes, details, oil changes, and Pennsylvania state emissions inspections while cars are parked on the premises.
Whenever a customer at Payless Parking calls for a shuttle, it's guaranteed that the company's sleek, silver van will arrive to pick them up within 10 minutes. The parking service shuttles its customers to and from Philadelphia International Airport and ensures this prompt arrival whether the customer is waiting at the garage counter or just woke up from a power nap on the baggage-claim carousel. While their owners are away, cars are kept locked in a secure, gated area. During this time, staff technicians can keep each vehicle in top condition with hand washes, oil changes, and tire rotations. To aid those who have arrived in Philadelphia but haven't brought a car, Payless Parking also operates a rental service. The service oversees eight vehicle makes and models, each of which are primed for pickup with a hand wash.
A Chevy Suburban. A Cadillac Escalade. A 14-passenger stretch Expedition SUV. While these could be group of friends dressed as a presidential motorcade on Halloween, they're actually a sampling of the luxury vehicles in DC Private Car's sizeable fleet. Their roster extends from a three-passenger sedan car equipped with reading lamps, 9" LCD screen, and DVD player all the way up to a 32-passenger executive bus. Chauffeurs save clients from the hassle of driving as they motor around the metro area for any sort of occasion, from airport or convention transportation to wedding receptions and personalized sightseeing tours.
The iconic crack in the Liberty Bell. The Betsy Ross House, where Betsy sewed the first American flag. Swann Fountain's jets of spray. Aboard Wheel Fun Rentals' new-model Segways, tour groups cruise between Philadelphia landmarks like these at speeds of up to 12 miles per hour. Riders choose between two tours: a 90-minute Old City historic tour and a three-hour city tour that blends old landmarks with newer ones, such as China Town and City Hall, where the mayor stores nearby cities he has conquered. As the tours roll through town, expert guides share relevant facts and stories, to which participants listen on headphones.