For more than 20 years, the FAA-certified flight instructors at Washington International Flight Academy have safely guided pupils skyward and imbued them with the skills necessary for numerous licenses and certifications. Under an instructor's watchful eye, guests control a Cessna 172 on a 30-minute airborne trek during discovery flights, which can later be applied toward courses for a private or commercial pilot’s license with optional multiengine rating. A commercial pilot’s license qualifies more seasoned flyers for instructor certification, where they learn how to teach essentials, including how to tell the difference between a landing airplane and a diving roc.
Along with in-depth courses, Washington International Flight Academy accommodates patrons with rentals of its massive fleet, charts and piloting supplies from its fully stocked shop, and lodging for out-of-state students.
Atlantic Edge Dive Center's dive-masters might technically be classified as land mammals, but they spend enough time under water to earn the honorary title of amphibian. They spend days and nights teaching and leading dives, whether they're arming curious beginners with basic skills in one of their on-site swimming pools, or conducting open water certification tests off the coast. They go beyond simply certifying students for adventure: they provide rescue diving, dive master, and instructor training as well.
Their passion for the aquatic pastime draws them to all kinds of watery outposts. They lead excursions to the Florida keys to help rehabilitate the coral reefs surrounding the islands, and dive into the relatively calm waters of the tanks in the Baltimore National Aquarium, where they have a chance to see 53 species of fish feed in the secret underwater cafeteria.
Maid to Please’s staff of experienced cleaners undergo extensive training before tackling domestic grime, working from cleaning checklists informed by patron preferences outlined via an online appointment scheduler. Wielding eco-friendly supplies upon request, cleaners infiltrate abodes to de-filth furniture and decorative trinkets, vacuum and mop grunge clinging to carpets and floors, and snag cobwebs from corners. Staffers lavish extra attention on bathrooms, bombarding tubs and toilets with purifying products before buffing sinks and mirrors so they gleam brighter than a freshly waxed diamond ring. Dust scuttles from kitchen counters while dirt destroyers haul cloths across stoves, sinks, appliance exteriors, and microwave interiors.
Professional sleep counselors facilitate peaceful slumber at more than 80 Mattress Discounters locations nationwide, where showrooms brim with mattresses from brands such as Sealy Posturepedic, Tempur-Pedic, and Space Age Foam. Unlike pet stores, Mattress Discounters encourages customers to lie on the merchandise, as sleep counselors use the Discover Your Comfort system to ask questions about sleep position and comfort level. With this information in hand, client and counselor select the right mattress for restful slumber, with each sleep surface backed by a 60-night comfort guarantee.
Short of creating physical clouds to hold people aloft, Mattress Warehouse stocks almost every imaginable furnishing to help customers catch a few Z’s. Rows of name-brand mattresses from Sealy, Simmons Beautyrest, Serta, and Tempur-Pedic entice customers to replace their worn pad for new bedding, such as a standard mattress, a fluffy pillowtop unit, or a memory foam piece that conforms to bodies. Beyond mattresses, the warehouse also carries an ample collection of box springs, full bed sets with rails and headboards, and even premium futon mattresses that revitalize foldable couches.
The energy experts at USA Insulation furnish attics with heat-absorbing blankets of loose-fill fiberglass and formaldehyde-free insulation. After wrapping attic hatches with batten insulation, USA technicians deploy up to 200 square feet of Johns Manville Climate Pro R-19 insulation, sealing in heat and obsolete VHS home movies lining your attic. All USA Insulation is free of CFCs, safe for the environment, and can help to decrease monthly energy bills and the release of greenhouse gases. USA Insulation schedules appointments 6:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m., Monday–Friday; for an additional cost the company can also provide homeowners with complimentary baffles and attic rulers, as well as air-seal recessed lights and ceiling fans ($35 each). Each additional square foot is $1.29.