Ron Carroll's fascination with helicopters began in Vietnam, when the aircraft transported him and his fellow infantry through the jungles to the front lines. Two Purple Hearts, nearly 20 years, and a stint in the publishing industry later, Carroll happened upon a copy of Flying magazine and his interest quickly rekindled. He continued with flying lessons, deepening his desire to become a helicopter pilot.
Today, Carroll possesses a Gold Seal CFI certification from the Federal Aviation Administration and helms a team of three pilots with more than 25,000 combined hours of flight experience. With a fleet comprising Robinson R22 and R44 helicopters—as well as a TruFlite H flight simulator that lets aspiring pilots practice operating a helicopter while singing and without leaving the ground—the team has trained throngs of airmen, including Governor Sonny Perdue.
ASE-certified technicians inhabit each America's Service Station, where vehicles can say goodbye to sludgy liquids and adopt up to 5 quarts of clean oil. Oil changes also present four-wheelers with fresh filters to protect the engine from speaking before thinking. The fall-maintenance package increases auto health to compensate for imminently excessive raw-scarecrow consumption. The bundle opens with an oil-and-filter change before a tire rotation aims to redistribute tread wear and lengthen wheels' lives. Additionally, technicians service the cooling system and refill up to one gallon of coolant, then perform a 27-point inspection—a visual examination wherein perceptive car scholars confirm that lights, brakes, and batteries haven't broken down or proclaimed themselves luddites.
Mirror Finish Auto Wash restores cars’ flashy finishes with automated cleaning methods that won’t scratch or damage paint. As cars move through the wash tunnels, a cleansing gauntlet of poly-flex material whips away caked-on grime or cake-shaped bumper stickers. Dirt-clad cars can also sink into a deluge of high-pressure water jets that scour away finish-dulling film, leaving behind a shine reminiscent of showroom heyday.
Most great things have humble beginnings, and Express Oil Change & Tune-Up Clinic is no exception. In its 31-year history it grew to more than 170 locations across 10 states. Within these auto havens, ASE-certified vehicle-maintenance professionals slake engine thirsts with their signature 10-minute express full-service oil change and a menu of other automotive procedures. Techs swap out old oil for shiny, new oil and a new filter, followed by a thorough inspection of the engine and inner workings that ensures cars can run for miles and won’t fail during drag races through mall parking lots. Their service centers also perform general maintenance such as brake and AC service, and more advanced services such as radiator maintenance and computer diagnostics.