In the years that it took him to achieve the national master title, Elliott Neff learned that chess is more than just a game. He found that math competency, critical thinking, spatial reasoning, and other essential skills are honed as one plays. So, when he sits down to give one of his students a lesson, he thinks of it not as a diversion but, as his company's motto puts it, as "teaching life skills through chess." To help him expand the reach of his philosophy, Elliott has assembled a team of more than 35 local and national chess champions. During group classes and private lessons, these coaches motivate students to exercise their mental agility while learning the correct way to outsmart kings.
Helicopters Northwest's squad of certified flight Instructors and commercial pilots mans a fleet of Robinson R22 and R44 helicopters for training sessions and tours. Teachers team up with students for individualized new-pilot preparation or add-on sessions for experienced pilots eager to acquire additional ratings in one of five areas, including private pilot and certified flight Instructor – instrument.
Individuals interested in taste-sampling the skies can stick out their tongues during introductory 30-minute flights and aerial-photography flights, designed for snapping shots of boats in motion or breathtaking scenery below. Said scenery is also accessible via Helicopters Northwest's three Seattle tour packages, which hoist guests 500–1,000 feet in the air for bird's-eye views of cherished Seattle landmarks such as Snoqualmie Falls.