Retrofitted from former city buses, Nebraska Party Bus's 13-vehicle fleet conveys revelers about town in limo-like luxury. The air-conditioned transports include a luxuriously upholstered 30-footer with a private party area in the rear, encouraging between-bar mingling, whereas a pair of 42-seaters are perfect for ferrying wedding guests to receptions or back to central casting's rent-a-wedding-guest unit. The buses serve Omaha, Lincoln, and Council Bluffs, offering patrons comfortable conveyance throughout the metro area.
Give Advanced Air Incorporated an hour of your time, and their instructors can give you the power of flight. Their light training aircraft climbs high above Council Bluffs, where the airport's 656 acres start to look like the world's most realistic Lego set. The instructor hands over the controls, and novices take charge of a plane for the very fist time. The experience is known as a Discovery Flight, and it's a fitting name. That short time in the air can plant the seeds for a lifelong hobby, or perhaps even a career.
The journey to private or commercial licenses begins in ground school, but skills solidify once on Council Bluffs Airport's runways. CBA offers new pilots an ideal location. The airport lies close to Class C airspace, so new fliers begin communicating with air traffic controllers right away. Here, Advanced Air Incorporated's instructors have led many pupils to success; their website's home page brims with words of congratulations for new fliers or pilots who have gained instrument ratings and advanced certifications.
These students don't set their autopilot to fly off into the sunset. Advanced Air Incorporated keeps pilots around with a rental fleet of 10 light aircraft, including Cessna and Piper models. The maintenance team also works on privately owned planes.
Carl Busskohl began his career as a mail carrier in 1928, but soon he found he had passengers other than parcels. When folks increasingly asked to ride along on his route between Norfolk and Sioux City, Carl saw another opportunity: he traded his 7-passenger Buick in for a 25-passenger bus, making it the first vehicle of the Arrow Stage Lines fleet. After more than 80 years, Carl's enterprise has grown to include more than 160 luxury motorcoaches—all equipped with air conditioning, reclining seats, and spacious restrooms—that ferry groups, athletic teams, and big-window fan clubs to new destinations or on local and long-distance tours.
The thundering missiles of a vicious hail storm nearly destroyed Jim’s Buick Regal. Not only did the car need a new hood, roof, and trunk—It needed a fresh fender and windshield, and half the vehicle would need repainting. But Matt Sain—who began sweeping the floor of his father’s auto shop when he was just 12—was up for the vehicular equivalent of major surgery. Before long, the Buick Regal emerged from its repairs shining and whole.
Matt has taken the reins at his father’s 35-year-old shop, working alongside a manager who has been with Central Body Company, Inc. for 26 of those years. The shop’s team of technicians spruces up cars, motor homes, boats, and even school buses, taking care of extensive fiberglass repairs and smaller concerns such as scratches and dents. Whether the experts are aligning frames or adding a tonneau cover, they work meticulously and efficiently, even pre-ordering parts to reduce the time a client has to spend riding a rented camel around town.
Performance Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram of Lincoln helps cars from 1983 and later stay calibrated for streamlined driving with oil and filter changes and full inspections. During the 30- to 60-minute service, factory-trained technicians feed crankcases up to 7 quarts of fresh-squeezed oil, which ensures that pistons continue pumping without engine-damaging metal-on-metal friction, and they also pop in a fresh filter to block contaminants.