Birmingham Flight Center’s skilled instructors equip pupils with aeronautical know-how through classroom, flight-simulator, and in-the-air training. Students blast off into the pixeled yonder in Redbird FMX simulators—equipped with 200-degree wraparound views, full-motion capabilities, and digital parachutes in case of lost dogfights—or pilot the center’s top-notch, genuine fleet. Offering levels of instruction from Learn to Fly private pilot-certification courses to FAR Part 141 expedited commercial training, the flight center prepares the pilots of tomorrow while maintaining its founders’ legacy of aeronautical excellence, which stretches back more than 70 years.
Though Darla Williamson grew up in a family that gravitated toward art and other hands-on trades—her mother is an artist, and her father is a woodworker and automobile restorer—she still found herself in the corporate world. Until, of course, she found a medium that spoke uniquely to her. She became very taken with Zentangle, a style of drawing that relaxes the mind by focusing on repetitive patterns, eventually becoming a certified instructor of the unique art form. Today, at Tangled Stones, she leads Zentangle classes of all levels and teaches students to add their designs to custom cards, clothing, and other items.
The licensed, bonded, and insured team behind Smart Choice Movers, LLC draws on eight years of experience to make moving as smooth and hassle-free as possible for clients. The seasoned movers exercise the same level of care whether customers are going through a long-distance relocation or simply need people to move heavy furniture from one room to another within the home. The company's staffers also perform other services, such as packing possessions and cleaning residences after owners have left.
Flashes flicker from coast to coast in StacksPhoto's classes. Photographers of all experience levels learn fundamental lessons on evocative composition, balancing light and dark, and capturing memorable shots without photographing National Geographic covers. Other lessons include how to make the most of a camera’s manual mode, understanding basic optics, and how lens choice can affect an image. Besides in-person classes, StacksPhoto also offers a DVD filled with such tips.
Alabama-born Cynthia Massey Parsons, who will be featured in the 32nd anniversary edition of Who’s Who in American Art, has built her artistic reputation on works in watercolor, acrylic, and graphite. During Paint-A-Long sessions, she leads budding artists through the brushwork of a single painting, helping students pick up sound technique without worrying about inventing a subject or baiting a muse. Her original designs range from modified classics—such as the sky in Van Gogh’s Starry Night transposed over a local skyline—to classic floral still lifes.
Chef and instructor Kelly Viall returned to her hometown of Birmingham after 15 years of whipping up fresh-fish dishes in Seattle and along the Gulf Coast. Now hundreds of miles from a coast, she still clings to her passion for ocean-fresh seafood and teaches students to master a variety of culinary techniques. She also offers catering options, giving food art lovers a chance to have a marine Louvre brought to them.