Beyond whisking passengers in comfort and style on charter flights, the team of FAA-certified flight instructors at FlightGest, Inc. trains aspiring aviators to soar among the clouds themselves. Operating out of Raleigh-Durham Airport, the teachers conduct proficiency training and lessons in everything from introductory flights to private pilot's licenses aboard a fleet of fully-equipped aircraft such as Cessna 172 and Piper aircraft. Both new and experienced pilots can also practice executing maneuvers and handling difficult situations inside the FAA-approved single- and multi-engine flight simulators that are equipped with a full instrument panel.
With 35 years of industry experience, The Car Wash Lodge's operator knows all the nooks and crannies where chassis hide dirt. He blasts away that dirt with the latest washing technology available, each piece positioned just so in the car-wash tunnel. Owners get to remain inside their cars as the vehicles roll through jets of water, cascades of soap, and the blasting breezes of air dryers.
What began as a window tinting specialty shop in 1982 has now blossomed into Tint World, an auto-detailing outfit that accessorizes rides and continues to darken the window panes of vehicles, buildings, and boats. Tint World's signature tinting treatments serve an array of purposes: they conserve energy in large commercial spaces, increase the durability of residential windows against breakage, and prevent harsh UV rays from distracting drivers, overheating interiors, and leaving dashboard hula dancers with unsightly tan lines. Tint World's team of installers customize rides with audio, video, and security-system installation, and detailers keeps them looking sharp with meticulous detailing packages that expel grime from every automotive nook and cranny.
The highly trained technicians at Jiffy Lube tend to about 24 million customers each year with services such as the Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil-Change package, which helps promote the longevity of each vehicle. Staffers acknowledge that oil plays a crucial role in maximizing the lifespan of each car—it cools the motor and helps prevent moving parts from deteriorating. More than 20,000 technicians—all of which have completed an extensive training program certified by the National Institute Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)—service vehicles at Jiffy Lube. In addition to performing oil changes, technicians offer preventative services such as air-filtration and electrical-system maintenance, among others. Jiffy Lube’s quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services, complete a service only after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with saran wrap.
The motto of New Era Skin and Body is a simple one: "Look better. Feel better. Live better." Tom Donofrio and Iris Cheu believe that each of these leads to the next, so all the massages and skincare services performed in their boutique-style day spa are geared toward the ultimate goal of bettering their clients’ lives. Cheu uses products from ABI Dermaceuticals to help skin breathe, glow, and ditch freeloading blackheads, and Donofrio's massages soothe muscles to relieve tension, instill calm, and preempt daydreams of swimming in a vat of pudding.
Under the watchful gaze of Simoniz factory-trained technicians, Carolina Auto Spa's automatic tunnels bathe and wax cars' exteriors inside a modern wash arena. When they aren't scouring autos, technicians cleanse alternative transports, such as boats and saddled peacocks. Carolina Auto Spa also offers mobile detailing appointments for customers with busy schedules.