Having swept up such discriminating celebrities as Kurt Russell, John Hurley, and Kevin Costner, experienced copter operators at Shadowhawk Aviation cast Greenville’s scenic vistas in the starring role of their sight-packed helicopter tours. Passengers strap in to either a Robinson R-44 or a Eurocopter A-Star 350 before adjusting camera angles for upcoming photos, cooling off in the copter’s air-conditioned environs, or coaxing a souvenir poem out of the aircraft’s in-flight bard. After lifting off from Greenville Downtown Airport, whirligigs wend their way through the enchantingly verdant environs of Paris Mountain State Park as passengers snap sky-high shots of the park’s namesake peak. Soaring onward, spectators take in the stately charms of Furman University’s clock tower before peering through the crystal depths of Furman Lake in search of dynamic pictures and the university’s replica of Atlantis’ library. Captivating sites and architecture of downtown Greenville strut their superstructural stuff for photo-documentarians, bringing tours to a close with a panoramic mélange of skyline sights.
Though its stationary cycles, strength-training machines, and free weights craft the image of a well-stocked gym, Imagine Center also aims to empower the community. Its three basketball courts have diverted at-risk teens during midnight mentorship programs, which blend gameplay with motivational life coaching. In the childcare center, staff members combat inactivity with kids' Tae Bo routines instead of rounds of Xbox keep-away. Group fitness classes strengthen camaraderie between students who pummel kickboxing targets and heft BodyPump barbells. Elsewhere, personal trainers oversee their clients' reps, and café patrons recharge after workouts. Permeating these scenes is a sense of shared strength—a feeling buoyed by the fact that the center's profits benefit community initiatives, such as inner-city outreach and crime prevention. By hosting blood drives and other special events to supplement its exercise amenities, the gym inspires its guests to work toward health on an individual and collective level.
Certified trainer Kenya Dease and his team of coaches at KD Workout give athletes a roadmap toward accomplishing their personal fitness goals. Specializing in sports-specific training, Dease designs individualized workouts for clients seeking to improve at various sports, or to lose weight and build muscle. No matter the goal, his programs combine strength training, flexibility, and agility exercises with a regimen of good nutrition and proper rest.
At Airwolf Aviation, founder Michele Rash and her team of instructors keep one thought in mind when training students to become certified pilots: "Would I sit in the back seat while he or she flew me around?" This question guides them while they tailor training for each student and has resulted in a pass/fail rate of 97% over the past three years.
With three flight schools, a fleet of Cessna airplanes, and a multi-engine Piper Aztec E, the instructors lead courses that qualify students for private, instrument, commercial, and multi-engine pilot licenses. They also help professional pilots earn flight-instructor certifications. When they’re not teaching lessons, Airwolf's team introduces clients to aviation through discovery flights and city tours that fly to the governor's floating mansion.
Certified professional photographer Gene Taylor has fine-tuned his artistic vision while working in photojournalism and portrait photography for more than 30 years. During classes at Your Photo Safari, Gene introduces students to the photographic arts and the workings of DSLR cameras. Sessions begin in classroom settings, allowing students to get acquainted with camera basics as well as advanced features such as setting white balance and reducing blur. After learning how to navigate the multiple settings and buttons on their digital cameras, students traipse to area gardens to explore the natural world through their lenses. The hands-on experience allows students to take home artfully composed shots of plants bathed in natural light or trees planking over riverbanks in a bid for Internet fame.
The Nashville International Auto Show showcases rovers from the entire automotive spectrum, including classics and new models from major manufacturers, as well as the latest environmentally friendly machines. Feel free to mount the finely upholstered saddles of more than 200 debut motor-carriages like the Chevrolet Cruze, Acura TSX Sports Wagon, and Cadillac CTS Coupe, or pedal to the Dale Earnhardt Jr. Camaro Concept exhibit, which provides an up-close look of the ethanol fuel-powered car's custom paint job, advanced performance parts, and detachable beard.