At Eagle Aviation's Cessna Pilot Center, potential pilots get the rare chance to learn the fundamentals of flying in a secure, well-maintained Cessna aircraft. The training begins with a pre-takeoff briefing on flight protocols and a thorough inspection of the plane. Aspiring aviators and an FAA-certified instructor then lift off in an up-to-date Cessna 172SP for some soaring, basic maneuvering, and taking in sweeping views of Lexington County from 3,500 feet. The entire experience from engine startup to shutdown is approximately 30 minutes long. After the student helps land and taxi the aircraft, a postflight briefing addresses questions and reviews lessons learned throughout the celestial jaunt. Each flight allows room for a friend to share the thrill and corroborate Pegasus sightings.
Side creeks, marshes, and tidal rivers wind through Charleston's coastal terrain, the same waterways where Sea Kayak Carolina launches its vessels. Atop watercraft from trusted manufactures such as P&H, the company’s guides take kayakers on expeditions in search of dolphins, turtles, and manmade sights such as Morris Island Lighthouse. The team schedules these tours daily, also planning custom trips into local areas such as barrier islands and uncharted fishbowls.
Additionally, a team of instructors can help paddlers fine tune the skills needed to unlock these aquatic adventures. Whether in the ocean or the controlled confines of a pool, the instructors teach safety and technical skills such as boat control, proper strokes, and how to roll a kayak without needing a dolphin to help push.
Park & Go keeps cars safe and sound while drivers take off from Charleston International Airport. Customers simply leave their car at the secured, video-monitored lot and head straight to the airport?located only 5?7 minutes away?aboard one of Park & Go?s complimentary shuttles. While drivers are away, cars can undergo any number of optional services, including exterior washes, full cleanings, and even oil changes. If necessary, Park & Go will also provide rides with complimentary jump-starts, tire inflations, as well as complimentary cold bottled water and coffee.
Nature Adventures Outfitters partners the Charleston area's breathtaking aquatic scenery with finely honed expertise and a staff of passionate naturalists. Climb into kayaks almost identical to those used by Columbus to cross the Atlantic and stuff your eyes with one-of-a-kind views of blackwater swamps, tidal waterways, saltwater bays, or other marine environments. Rub elbows with watery fauna such as dolphins and pelicans, often called the dolphins of the air, or taunt gators by using your arms as shoulder-mounted meat paddles.
At Airwolf Aviation, founder Michele Rash and her team of instructors keep one thought in mind when training students to become certified pilots: "Would I sit in the back seat while he or she flew me around?" This question guides them while they tailor training for each student and has resulted in a pass/fail rate of 97% over the past three years.
With three flight schools, a fleet of Cessna airplanes, and a multi-engine Piper Aztec E, the instructors lead courses that qualify students for private, instrument, commercial, and multi-engine pilot licenses. They also help professional pilots earn flight-instructor certifications. When they’re not teaching lessons, Airwolf's team introduces clients to aviation through discovery flights and city tours that fly to the governor's floating mansion.