It doesn't matter how many times you've watched the Dolphins play at Sun Life Stadium or walked along the golden sands of Hallandale Beach—Miami looks completely different when you're thousands of feet up in the air. Miami Jet Helicopter Tour's pilots make it their mission to reveal that unique perspective, welcoming passengers into the comfy cabins of Bell 206 Jet Helicopters for birds-eye tours of the city.
The aircrafts set up ideal photo ops of sights both manmade and natural. Their rotors whir over the towering luxury condominiums of downtown's Brickell neighborhood, above the Spanish-style mansions of Fisher Island, and past the lush mangrove forests that stretch over Oleta River State Park. To thrill as many passengers as possible, Miami Jet's pilots fly tours of three different lengths. The company also provides free shuttle service to and from nearby hotels, as well as helicopter pick-up from levitating fortresses.
Having logged cumulatively thousands of hours in the cockpit, the FAA-certified instructors at Concord Aviation easily pass their flying expertise onto their students. They introduce newbies to their fleet of small aircraft through discovery flights—30-minute rides that allow passengers to take the controls for a short time. Those who want to further their flying education can work toward goals such as instrument ratings, private pilot licenses, or commercial licenses.
Since 2008, the experienced flight trainers at Above Flight Training have guided and mentored students soaring toward private- or commercial-pilot licenses and instrument ratings. The outfit’s planes fly loop de loops out of Opa-locka Executive Airport and give students ample opportunity to practice aerial maneuvers and gently nudge away rain clouds that threaten to ruin a good flying day.
More than just a creative outlet, art teaches students how to solve problems, set goals, communicate, and challenge themselves. The art instructors at Priscilla & Tiffany’s Art Corp. incorporate these lessons into each activity, whether students are using charcoal to sketch a winter scene or constructing a collage representing the report card they'd like to receive. As kids and adults work at easels or across large tables, the spacious studios are filled with carefully designed lighting and soft classical music.
We spoke with Jack Macaluso—Regional Social Media and Web Coordinator at Beauty Schools of America—about how the academies prepare students for careers in the real world and why it's important for the schools to give back to their communities.
On the schools' mission
Above all else, Jack says that the schools "try to focus and harness the students' creativity," while giving them all of the experience and practical skills they need not simply to be prepared to enter the work force, but to succeed and thrive. The relatively lengthy training programs ensure that aspiring stylists, cosmetologists, makeup artists, barbers, and massage therapists fully understand the intricacies of their chosen specialty, as well as what they need to do to continue advancing their future career according to Jack.
On the role of the instructors
With a roster of instructors that includes industry professionals with international spa and salon experience, Beauty Schools of America strives to give attendees a broad view of the numerous options open to them. Jack is also clear that the teachers' guidance isn't limited to classroom environments. When the advanced-level students are allowed hone their talents by performing treatments for actual clients, "an instructor or two will always be there to assist and answer questions," he says.
On the products that the students use during treatments
Students use brand name products like Moroccanoil, Sojourn, Nioxin, and others. Working alongside their instructors at modern service stations, these stylists use these products to craft en vogue cuts, color, styling and therapeutic practices.
On the schools' charitable involvement
Beauty Schools of America embraces opportunities to give back to its communities while providing real-world experience for students at the same time. Jack goes on to describe events where the schools' aspiring barbers and cosmetologists performed complimentary services for underprivileged residents, and he mentions one specific occasion when massage students provided free treatments for community members who participated in a bike ride dedicated to raising awareness about multiple sclerosis.