Andres Kerllenevich began flying helicopters as a hobby while making a living as a lawyer. As time passed, he earned his license and left to fly tours over Alaska and New York City. He eventually settled in St. Augustine, the historical city where his wife fondly remembered vacationing as a child. Now, seven other FAA-certified pilots join him in leading tours over the coastal castles, historic lighthouses and colleges, and vibrant downtown areas of St. Augustine, Tampa, and the Florida Keys.
At the helm of Robinson R44 helicopters, the pilots soar at heights of up to 1,500 feet past Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, Porpoise Point, and the towering red cross at the Mission of Nombre de Dios. They also guide tours above Tampa Bay, the Tampa Bay Times Forum, and the Florida Aquarium, while granting passengers glimpses of coastline populated by bottlenose dolphins. Pilots have also orchestrated aerial marriage proposals, during which the groom-to-be points out his question written on the beach or on a rooftop sign. The tours grant a bird's-eye view for photography and videography sessions.
University Air Center dispatches its gravity-defying fleet on charter, rental, and training flights from its airborne offices located at Gainesville Regional Airport. A shiny, new Eclipse EA-500 cools its jets in the hangar bay, waiting to take its business-class passengers to their destinations at more than 400 mph, speeds once only achieved by cheetahs fired out of cannons. Trainees climb into the center's Redbird FMX simulator for ground-based training, or ride in a Cessna 172 for an actual flying experience. The aviators also tackle plane maintenance and avionics repairs as customers watch the twin big screens in the lounge or look up pilots' preferred knock-knock jokes on the complimentary computers.
Arrange A Ride’s professional chauffeurs transport passengers to and from their destinations in luxury sedans, SUVs, and limousines. Offering hourly service rates, their cars and drivers can be hired for a trip to the airport or a business meeting, or for events such as weddings, sightseeing, and nights on the town.
The Augustine Grille supports locally grown food by working with an array of local farmers, regional farmers, and artisans to source the freshest and highest quality of sustainable, seasonal food. The menu of local seafood, naturally raised chicken, and house dry-aged prime steaks satisfies any craving. Start with truffled white-cheddar and lobster mac ‘n’ cheese ($14), or the blue crab with watermelon, cucumber, and cilantro ($14). Specialty seafood dishes include Mayport shrimp with grit cakes, spinach, and tasso gravy ($28) and a whole fish with jasmine rice, baby bok choy, and red thi curry (market price). A dry-aged, prime, natural ribeye with parmesan frites and asparagus is a delectable entree option ($39), or opt for a three-course prix-fixe meal and savor the flavors of course after course of scrumptious dishes ($39).
Elite Auto Shares has assembled a fleet of luxury speedsters to grant their clientele the ultimate driving experience. With vehicles such as a 430-horsepower Corvette, an Audi R8, and a Mercedes-Benz E350, Elite Auto Shares has the right wheels for any occasion, be it a wedding, a night on the town, or an impromptu, one-person parade down Main Street.:m]]
Designated Driver's mission is to make sure motorists and their cars get home safely after an evening of celebration or social drinking. Although taxis and rides from friends are both viable options, car owners are often forced to leave their own cars unattended for the night, and they may return the next morning to find that cars have been towed away or eaten by squirrels. Designated Driver solves this problem by dispatching two drivers to the scene. The first one drives the client's car home—with the owner and a legal number of passengers in tow—while the second follows in a company-provided smart car. Once the client, passengers, and car have all been safely delivered to the drop-off location, the driver hops into the smart car and pulls away, leaving everyone safe and free to sleep late the next morning.