As a boy, Brandon Morton indulged his fascination with airplanes and flying by going to every aviation show he could. Today, with more 5,000 hours of flight time—including more than 2,300 hours of flight instruction—he shares his passion for flying at NexGen Aviation where he works alongside co-owner and accomplished jet pilot Dale Gillispie, who has more than 25 years of flying experience.
From Bluegrass Field Airport, Brandon and Dale maintain a fleet of one Diamond DA-20 and two Piper Warrior planes for single-engine training and a Diamond DA-42 Twin Star for multi-engine training—each highly engineered aircrafts that boast solid safety statistics. It is also here that the owners and their fellow instructors teach students through a blend of theoretical classroom work and hands-on scenario training. Through these courses, they prepare aspiring pilots to apply for their private, commercial, or professional pilot license. Further services range from sightseeing flights and aircraft sales and management to tutorials on how to properly fold a paper airplane.
Located at Blue Grass Airport, the Aviation Museum of Kentucky pays tribute to the Commonwealth’s rich history of aviation with its impressive squadron of rare and restored aircraft, aviation memorabilia, interactive educational displays, and active aviation restoration shop. Inside the museum, a flock of steel birds suspended on wires hangs from the hangar’s expansive ceiling. A replica of Matthew Sellers’ 1908 quadraplane—the first aircraft built and flown in Kentucky—headlines the museum collection, extending its majestic wings to shake the hands of awestruck visitors. Other exceptional designs include a Skyhawk once flown by the Navy’s Blue Angels, an F-14 Tomcat jet-fighter as seen in the film Top Gun, and a high-bypass turbofan used to propel modern jumbo jets.
Guided tours and interactive exhibits delve into the science and history of flight, while the Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame honors the lives of those who have soared among the clouds, whether in planes or wrapped around the waist of Michael Jordan. Young ones, meanwhile, can learn more about the variety of aviation careers and set their sights on following the tailwinds of famous pilots and designers.
More than 100 plant-populated acres unfold behind the stone-fence entrance to The Arboretum, showing off ever-changing seasonal landscapes to visitors 365 days a year. Passing breezes dance over grassy fields and stir up aromas of 1,500 rosebush varieties as visitors meander past the gazebo and fishpond en route to the 1.85-acre Kentucky Children’s Garden, a hands-on, educational environment for 2- to 10-year-old horticulturists. After exploring the wetlands and fountains or checking out art exhibitions, gardening seminars, and other special events, visitors can set out on the two-mile Walk Across Kentucky, a paved botanical excursion through the seven native regions of the state, including the Appalachian Plateau and wild fried-chicken habitats.
Firearm Safety and Security Training LLC.'s lead instructor, Joshua McFadden, holds multiple NRA certifications and has more than 20 years of shooting experience. He combines his expertise with NRA instructional materials to teach beginners the fundamentals of firearms ownership in both private and group classes, such as the NRA First Steps Pistol Orientation. During this course, Mr. McFadden or one of his fellow instructors covers the NRA's rules for safe gun handling before teaching participants to shoot at the range. For those who are a bit more advanced, the business runs NRA basic classes—including a shotgun-shooting course—and helps gun owners fulfill the requirements for Kentucky CCDW licenses. Firearm Safety and Security Training LLC. also offers woman-focused training, with an emphasis on self-protection and defense.
Velocity Sports Performance offers a variety of programs that are taught by exercise physiologists, tailored to an athlete's individual needs, and held in a small group setting. Although each program is different, all primarily focus on improving speed, power, and agility. For active adults looking to be challenged, try five adult sessions ($125). Ages 12 and up can opt for the developmental program ($250/month), which includes two sessions per week. Youth-centric training ($175), which focuses on honing correct skills (running technique, coordination), works to establish a proper fitness foundation. Like babies, no two sessions are the same. After time, participants reduce injury risk, boost flexibility and power coordination, and whittle down fat. Determine your perfect program from Velocity's full catalog of courses.
Linda the Bra Lady, featured on The Nate Berkus Show, outfits women with bras, underwear, and other garments carefully designed to provide proper support to specific upper-body types. A wide selection of sizes, styles, and detachable compasses allow women to bolster their breasts with bras such as the Elila Jacquard soft-cup bra ($38), padded with triple-ply straps to ease shoulder pain, and the Le Mystère Soiree strapless bra ($74) to sport under elegant dresses. Harboring popular brands such as Spanx, Hanky Panky, Wacoal, Olga, and Mary Green, Linda equips bottoms with an eclectic collection of underwear ($8+) ranging from comfy basics to boyshorts and thongs. Bra-sized swimwear and bra accessories supplement the intimate selection, and all customers receive a complimentary fitting to make sure they're wearing the correct bra size and not a loose quilt of fig leaves.