Becoming a good helicopter or airplane pilot requires more than just logging as many flying hours as possible. Often times, putting one's skills to the test against a wide variety of terrain and weather conditions is what prepares pilots best. At Glacier Aviation Inc., the abundance of mountains and waterways in Western Washington?not to mention the notorious rainfall?ensures that pilots-in-training receive the best training experience. Students don't rely on simulators to see how their own improvement is coming along, their flight instructors can point the way to nearby airspace that will provide ample feedback for them.
The outfit's fleet is similarly varied. Robinson R22 and R44 helicopters and four models of Cessna aircraft are based at Glacier Aviation's two locations: one at the airport in Olympia, Washington, along with a satellite school at Skagit airport in Burlington. At each location, students can work towards a variety of pilot's licenses and ratings, from coursework for a private pilot's license to advanced industrial training.
Car owners who need their vehicles spruced up have a choice: head to Wicked Detailing, or let the detailers to come to them. That's because the company, who boasts an Angie's List "A" rating, dedicates itself to impeccable service. This includes on-location detailing, hand washing, and personal attention to each vehicle. Aside from cars, the automotive experts can also turn their attentions to motorcycles, boats, horse trailers, and other wheeled vehicles.
Customized Tours leads groups on guided expeditions of Seattle's most breathtaking spots. Outdoor adventurers can try the Mount Rainier National Park tour or the winery and waterfall tour, which travels across Lake Washington on the 7,700-foot Evergreen Point floating bridge to the world-renowned Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery. City tours explore a variety of coffee shops and tourist attractions across the Queen Anne, Fremont, and Chinatown neighborhoods.
One of the more unique tours is the Boeing Factory tour, which gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at airplane assembly. It also gives them a chance to design their own airplanes using touch-screen computers, or, for traditionalists, old geometry homework.
Located a five-minute shuttle ride from Spokane International Airport, Diamond Park’N Jet's secure airport parking lot provides a home away from home for travelers' vehicles. Free shuttles service the lot seven days a week, 24 hours a day, and a staff member is always on hand to load luggage and give each traveler their complimentary newspaper and refreshments. Onsite security ensures that autos are protected, and free touchless car washes shine every vehicle so that returning motorists don’t daydream about the rentals they drove while vacationing. In addition to protecting cars while owners are in the skies, the lot also operates a "We Care" program, with staffers offering prompt assistance in the event of flat tires, dead batteries, empty gas tanks, or accidentally locked doors.
Staff Size: 50+ people
The team at MasterPark is doing its best to make yellow the favorite color of Seattle citizens. Its bright, sun-colored shuttles ferry people to and from terminals at SeaTac Airport?all while cars safely wait.
The process is easy. Simply drive into covered drop-off area for valet service in MasterPark Lot C. Shuttle drivers then help passengers with their luggage, before taking them to the airport. Upon return, a phone call at one of the airport's shuttle pickup islands is all it takes to dispatch a yellow van that returns customers to Lot C. MasterPark's staff monitors all lots 24 hours a day and 25 hours on leap days.
Be it for business or pleasure, Lady in a Limo transports its clients on time and in style. A staff of friendly chauffeurs maintains a fleet of vehicles that range from Chrysler sedans to Hummer limousines. For nights out, they shuttle passengers around in a 16-passenger party bus built with hardwood floors and black-leather perimeter seating and equipped with a disco ball, a 37-inch flat screen TV with a high-watt stereo, and a pole for dancing.