With a fleet of professional pilots and expert photographers wielding high-quality Canon cameras, Bel Aerial Images captures aerial portraits of land-anchored properties for professional and personal use. Snag a vertical shot of your impressively manicured lawn, or gift neighboring canines with soaring photos of their abode ideal for doghouse foyer displays. Flymasters and shutterbugs climb to an array of altitudes for the perfect picture and mount the ensuing snapshots on canvas, value-packed paper, or in digital file form. Aerial photos make excellent housewarming gifts and also serve to settle arguments about just how many frisbees have collected on your rooftop.
Birmingham Flight Center’s skilled instructors equip pupils with aeronautical know-how through classroom, flight-simulator, and in-the-air training. Students blast off into the pixeled yonder in Redbird FMX simulators—equipped with 200-degree wraparound views, full-motion capabilities, and digital parachutes in case of lost dogfights—or pilot the center’s top-notch, genuine fleet. Offering levels of instruction from Learn to Fly private pilot-certification courses to FAR Part 141 expedited commercial training, the flight center prepares the pilots of tomorrow while maintaining its founders’ legacy of aeronautical excellence, which stretches back more than 70 years.
The Economist's globe-spanning scope, comprehensive analysis, and crushing, unflinching grasp on world economics make it required reading for people, people persons, and people-shaped cacti looking to stay up-to-date on world news, politics, and business. In addition to the weekly publications—including the magazine's 20+ Special Reports and its Technology Quarterly—subscribers to The Economist also receive special benefits, such as The World in 2012, a special annual volume that predicts trends for the coming year. Subscribers also get unrestricted access to the online site, with a fully searchable archive dating back to the Neolithic Internet era (1997), as well as free access to The Economist in audio, which includes the option to listen to digital recordings of all print articles or to download them as a weekly podcast. For updates on the go or “on the sitting down on a park bench enjoying the scenery,” access The Economist on an iPhone or iPad—every photo, article, and chart is delivered to subscribers' devices by Thursday at 4 p.m. EST.
Spanning 4,000 square feet, the climbing surfaces at First Avenue Rocks mimic the natural textures of the abundant local sandstone boulder terrain. One hundred varied climbing routes up to 17 feet high greet climbers who choose to ascend by bouldering without ropes on angled walls and roofs dotted with challenging foot-and handholds or on the facility’s ropes courses. For safety, the facility positions its vertical terrain above the floor’s 10-inch-deep Asana pads for safe landings in the event of missed holds or misguided urges to fly. Instructors are available to prep students of all ages and ability levels to tackle the gym's terrain, teaching three stages of introductory climbing courses and two advanced lead-climbing courses. When not on the rocks, guests can hone muscle cooperation through onsite fitness programs in weight training, yoga, CrossFit, and climbing-specific training. Outdoor excursions are also available with the gym's guides, certified by the American Mountain Guides Association, in top rope, sport climbing, and bouldering.
MASS Ensemble is an international touring performance group that consists of artists, musicians, composers, and choreographers. Their performances flood the senses with fantastical lighting, expertly performed sounds played on bespoke instruments, and imaginative, dynamic sets made of large-scale installations. Buckle yourself into your seat, or at least tie your hair back, as the ensemble's “Rock Opera” unfolds, turning the beautiful Jemison Concert Hall of the performing arts center into a glowing, pulsing orb of visual and audio stimuli, a spectacle woven with references to popular, exotic, and popularly exoticized cultures. Arrive at the theater at least 30 minutes in advance to exchange your Groupon for a ticket.
In the heated water of the Lakeshore Foundation's two pools, the staff at Swimmers United allot time for both learning and playing. Skill development is the top priority during group swimming lessons, where instructors maintain a 7:1 student-to-teacher ratio. Fun takes center stage at kids' pool parties, which can accommodate more than 25 kids or roughly one class president's security detail.