From their hanger at Craig Airport, Sterling Flight Training's certified flight instructors instill wingless humans with the power of flight with safe, exhilarating helicopter flight instruction. Lessons commence with a cranium-stuffing hour of Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) ground training , as students learn sky-survival tips including safety procedures, equipment instruction, and which clouds are safe to eat (a $100 value). Aspiring pilots then join their seasoned instructors in the cockpit of a Robinson R-44, a single-engine chopper with two-bladed main and tail rotors, for a 30-minute introductory flight into the wild blue (a $470 value).
Liberty Tax Service's armada of certified public accountants swoops in to rescue taxpayers from the onslaught of numbers, paperwork, and quadratic equations that overwhelms during tax season. Beyond computerized tax preparation and electronic filing during the months preceding April 15, clients can count on the company's expertise during an audit, through a correspondence with the IRS or state agencies, or while finding the best games living inside their graphic calculators. Liberty Tax Service also benefits community members outside of the office by sponsoring Relay for Life, a race benefitting the American Cancer Society, and by collecting unwanted cell phones and sending them to soldiers overseas.
The Sylvester family had bartending in its blood. Whether it was Uncle Mickey holding court with 40 years' worth of regulars or Tony Sr. mixing one of his signature Skip and Go Nakeds, they exemplified the easy grace and no-nonsense craftsmanship found in a true barman's barman. That dedication to well-poured drinks carried over to Tony Jr., who has spent the last 35 years training mixologists nationwide through the curriculum of his ABC Bartending Schools. Taught behind fully functional bars, his courses educate students in topics ranging from drink recipes and equipment setup to flair moves and alcohol awareness. His schools also emphasize employment; after graduation, students can take advantage of a nationwide job placement service to land gigs in Miami nightclubs, Las Vegas casinos, or the bar cars of Chicago's El trains.
Air Wiz Heating & Air Conditioning's owner, Tim Slattery, draws upon more than three decades of combined HVAC know-how as he manages the servicing of home cooling units in all major brands. During an air-conditioner tune-up, a licensed technician cleans grime off the condenser coil, flushes the condensation drain line and pan, and oils the motor until it purrs like a cyborg snow tiger. Keen eyes inspect all the wiring, compressor and motor-amp draws, and refrigerant levels, then give the evaporator coil a formidable ogling. Customers supply their own air filter, which the technician expertly pops into place to prevent dust or Roosevelt-era jokes from tickling homeowners' lungs.
The GolfPlex at University of North Florida's Hayt Golf Learning Center boasts a comprehensive golf training facility that can introduce new golfers to the game or help more advanced players take their skills to the next level. Power Tee range technology automatically replaces range balls after each swing at 40 adjustable tee heights, allowing golfers to hit more balls, maintain stance, and develop rhythm. As players swipe balls off of a synthetic Fiberbuilt strike mat, the Power Tee machine logs the number of hits, and a half-inch standing mat cushions carefully planted stances or victory laps around the stall. GolfPlex's experts also provide a full spectrum of instruction including lessons, camps, and player development programs that can focus on short-game or full-swing skill sets. An onsite golf shop keeps players properly outfitted with apparel and shoes from Nike and matches them with fresh new clubs or reshafts old, broken-in ones.