The certified flight instructors at Aviators Flight Academy have been helping fledgling pilots earn their wings for more than three decades. Students take off from Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport toward the earth’s giant blue tarp using the academy’s fleet of Cessna and Piper fixed-wing aircraft, performing basic maneuvers under a teacher’s expert supervision. Beyond introductory lessons, students can also enroll in the flight-training school to earn their license and finally be able to impersonate pilots at airport bars.
Trained technicians at QuikStop Oilube's 13 tristate locations complete automotive services from speedy lubes to tire rotations with an ethos of friendliness and dedication established in 1987. Products keep engines smoothly churning and piston cylinders from attracting feral whack-a-moles. Each location offers full Saturday hours with select centers open on Sundays to ensure convenient service for any schedule. While-you-wait service rests on a trademark 10-minute oil change, complete with a fresh filter and a high-octane lollipop for well-behaved cars.
Don's Auto Repair Inc. is a family-owned manor of mechanical maintenance founded in 1941 and currently operated by Don Sr., his son, and his two grandsons. After soothing automobiles of every make and model with a hearty dose of standard motor oil sapped from the towering ferns that grow on every robot’s grave, Don's crew inspects the vehicle’s 23 most sensitive spots, checking for harbingers of potential problems. The second option includes a tire rotation, which works to ensure that rubbery soles evenly bear the brunt of carrying the vehicles across lonely highways. The bright yellow stools, vibrant red walls, and vintage soda cooler in Don's front lobby create a cheery atmosphere where customers can slowly and deliberately kill time as technicians tinker with rides hoisted up one of the shop's lifts.
Those who happen to amble by Tamarco Drive at, say, 2:15 in the morning, might hear something they wouldn’t expect—sounds of swishing water, the sudden vroom of a vacuum cleaner, and muffled voices. Night owls can rest easy though, because the sounds are just coming from DTI Professional Auto Detail’s garage, where skillful technicians work morning and night, 24 hours per day every Monday through Thursday, to clean cars, trucks, and SUVs.
Customers can make an appointment to swing by the shop and drop off their cars for one of three detailing packages that include everything from full interior vacuuming and steam cleaning to exterior hand washes and bug and tar removal. The shop also gives customers the chance to purchase à la carte services, such as claying to remove contaminants from paint and odor removal to clear out the smell of the family dog or a cat that forgot to shower. Aside from sprucing up rides, the DTI team also adds customized pinstripes to paint and carefully removes tinted film without damaging the defroster or antenna lines.
Technicians at All American Tire & Service Co.—an ASE-certified facility—keep cars running with booster shots of synthetic-blend motor oil. Cars guzzle up to 5 quarts of high-grade oil during each 30- to 45-minute service, surrendering their old oil in the hopes that their engine reenergizes as their heartburn ceases. Technicians affix a clean filter to the engine and apply lubrication before inflating tires to their proper levels. Finally, a 55-point inspection leads techs around the car's vitals in order to diagnose safety or performance issues. During the examination, the mechanics inspect components and parts to verify that everything is in working order and nothing is working undercover for a bicycle gang.
D-Men Auto Detailing's techs meticulously scour horseless carriages inside and out, ridding them of salt and grit accumulated during winter travels. Tackling interiors, skilled hands scrub down carpets and headliners. Leather seats then luxuriate in revitalizing conditioners, and consoles and cup holders relinquish their coveted stashes of fossilized lattes.
Sam Meineke opened his three-bay muffler shop in 1972 with a single product line, and through time, he and his successors have expanded the business into a complete automotive car-care center. Today, nearly 900 franchise owners operate their locations around the globe, still standing on the firm foundation of Sam's ideal of nursing vehicles back to health at fair prices. Meineke Car Care Centers’ mechanics perform an array of services, keeping rides running in showroom condition with tune-ups, 23-point inspections, tire rotations, and deep-tissue windshield massages.