When the Robinson helicopters at Queen City Helicopter Corp. aren’t acting as airborne classrooms for aspiring pilots, they’re whisking passengers on aerial tours of nearby landmarks. The peaks of Crowders Mountain, the sports arenas of uptown Charlotte, and the horses and buggies of the Charlotte Motor Speedway loom large in the windows of the chopper after it takes off from the company's very own private, FAA-approved heliport. On the ground at the FAA flight school, pilots safely test their abilities inside a flight simulator and study in the onsite classroom.
From behind the wheels of luxury automobiles by Rolls-Royce, Bentley, and Jaguar, the Royal Limousine chauffeurs help guests to smoothly roll by miles of North and South Carolinian scenery. The company leads a variety of adventures, each designed to make it easy for customers to explore their neighboring states’ abundance of outdoor and cultural attractions. Destinations include horse ranches, football games, comedy clubs, ocean cruises, and hot air balloon launch sites, where guests arrive on time without having to consult maps or ask roadside armadillos for directions.
Charlotte Party Charters ferries the fete-focused around Charlotte-area bars, clubs, events, and more in comfort and style. Groupon buyers get two hours aboard a London double-decker bus—affectionately named Clifford—with a 75-person seating capacity, standing room for 15 on the lower-level dance floor, and hanging space for up to 30 opossum gate crashers.
For more than 25 years, Park ‘N Go has safeguarded airport-bound travelers’ four-wheeled companions in a secure lot. After cars find their secure spot, staffers ferry customers to and from the airport terminal in a complimentary shuttle. If vehicles malfunction while clients are away, they even go through the trouble of inflating low tires, recharging engines with free battery jumps, or feeding the hamsters that make the wheels spin. They allow patrons to reserve their spaces online, as well as earn free parking via a Frequent Parker Program.
Most great things have humble beginnings, and Express Oil Change & Service Center is no exception. In its 31-year history it grew to more than 170 locations across 10 states. Within these auto havens, ASE-certified vehicle-maintenance professionals slake engine thirsts with their signature 10-minute express full-service oil change and a menu of other automotive procedures. Techs swap out old oil for shiny, new oil and a new filter, followed by a thorough inspection of the engine and inner workings that ensures cars can run for miles and won’t fail during drag races through mall parking lots. Their service centers also perform general maintenance such as brake and AC service, and more advanced services such as radiator maintenance and computer diagnostics.
Within seconds of entering the automated tunnel at Greenway Express Carwash, rides are doused in pink, yellow, and orange foam. The colorful froth is not a grandparent’s homemade whipped-cream recipe, but the wash’s tricolor paint conditioner—just 1 of the 14 components that make up Greenway’s three-minute wash. Foamed exteriors also promptly receive a recycled-water washing, along with a helping of triple polish, clear-coat protectant, and tire shine. At the end of the tunnel, drivers can hop out and care for their interiors with complimentary self-serve vacuums.