There are no roads in the sky—just clouds and the floating mansions of America's billionaires. Similarly, Downtown Aviation's flying lessons don't follow one set pathway to pilot certification. Using FAA-approved materials, the school's certified flight instructors can teach a fast-paced course or follow a more casual lesson plan. But the endpoint remains the same: a student, private, or sport certificate.
One of the most exciting moments during training occurs approximately 20–25 hours into instruction, when students take the controls for their first solo flight. As they soar over Memphis or Olive Branch, taking in bird's eye views through the cockpit windshield, some may feel inspired to pursue flying as a career. Luckily, they won't have to look for a new school. Downtown Aviation's faculty trains pilots for their commercial certificates and airline transport pilot licenses. The staff can also maintain pilots' aircrafts at their Cessna-certified service center.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Led by head coach Josh Pastner, the Memphis Tigers remain competitive in the Conference USA standings and are poised to make a run at a 2011 conference championship. Cheer as big man Tarik Black and above-average-sized man Wesley Witherspoon drain three-pointers, posterize opponents with high-flying chest bumps, and hypnotically dribble around the heads of dazed defenders with the coldblooded precision of using gardening shears on a competitor's Roshambo paper hand. From the terrace-level seating, fans can quell their basketball jones in the electrifying atmosphere of the FedExForum while applauding the Tigers' hustle, shouting in approval of the ball boys' impromptu ballet, or attempting a self-imposed water-cooler bath. Each game has an allotment of 200 tickets and seats will be assigned on a first-redeemed first-served basis.
The company serves the school market through four retail outlets located in Memphis and Little Rock. These stores offer teachers and parents educational material that make learning fun and effective. The stores are staffed with sales professionals containing over 100 years of experience in the education field.
Mark Grace has more than 18 years of teaching experience, including stints as the Director of Instruction at Colonial Country Club and the Director of the Memphis Golf Association. His golf academies occupy two locations, and both utilize the power of technological instruction aids such as video swing analysis, TrackMan Doppler radar ball tracking, and a computer coaching system that can compare the swing to those of more than 400 PGA model swings. Mark bases his teaching philosophy on the foundation of grip pressure, believing that the correct grip is the key to a fluid, balanced, and well-shaped swing.