GoJet Crew Bases Offer Something for Everyone

Wondering what there is to do in your new crew base?  We’ve got you covered.  From ski slopes in Colorado, to nature trails in Raleigh, our crew base cities offer something for everyone.  Here’s a sampling of some of the top things to do in each of our domiciles.

St. Louis, Missouri

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Your visit to St. Louis isn’t complete without a trip to the top of the famous Gateway Arch.

A sports town to its core, St. Louis is home to both professional baseball (the St. Louis Cardinals) and hockey (the St. Louis Blues).  Catch a game at Busch Stadium, or get a bird’s eye view of the action on the field from 360, the rooftop bar and restaurant atop the St. Louis Hilton at the Ballpark.  While in St. Louis, a trip to the top of the iconic Gateway Arch is a must, as is a visit to Forest Park, named by Travel + Leisure as “one of America’s coolest city parks and one of the world’s most beautiful city parks.”

The Saint Louis Zoo, St. Louis Science Center,  and the St. Louis Art Museum offer stimulating fun for all ages – and they’re all free!  Spend a day perusing the countless unique shops and restaurants in the Delmar Loop, or take in a live performance – venues including The Muny, The Fabulous Fox, and the Peabody Opera House are not to be missed.  And you can’t go wrong with a tour of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery.

Chicago, Illinois

Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs
Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs

Not far from St. Louis is another Midwestern gem, Chicago, Illinois. A sports hub, Chicago is home to two Major League Baseball teams, including the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs, as well as to NHL, NFL, and NBA franchises.

With over 600 public parks, including local favorites Millennium Park and Grant Park, Chicago boasts plenty of avenues for outdoor recreation and entertainment. If you visit Grant Park between early May and mid-October, be sure to check out the water show at Buckingham Fountain, one of the largest fountains in the world. Evening shows are accompanied by a light and music display.

Michigan Avenue, or the “Magnificent Mile,” offers some of the best shopping in the country,  while the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Museum of Science and Industry, Field Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, and Shedd Aquarium all offer engaging educational fun.  After a century, Navy Pier continues to delight visitors with sights, sounds, tastes, and activities.  Navy Pier’s spectacular fireworks shows take place bi-weekly throughout the summer, and its famous Ferris wheel offers a view of the city like none other.

Denver, Colorado

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Red Rocks Amphitheater

The Mile High city has it all.  The famous Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater plays host to some of the world’s top musical acts, and offers an unforgettable live performance experience.  Captivating places to experience culture and history abound, including the United States Mint, the Denver Art Museum, the Museum of Nature and Science, and the Botanic Gardens.

Dine and shop at Larimer Square and the 16th Street Mall, or take a tour of the Coors Brewery.  If you’re a sports fan, the Colorado Rockies, Denver Broncos, Denver Nuggets and Denver Avalanche have got you covered.

With the Rocky Mountains in its backyard, it goes without saying that Denver is paradise for winter sports enthusiasts.  In addition to the action on the slopes, Denver is close to numerous national parks and historic sites.  Visit Rocky Mountain National Park and drive on Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuous highway in the world.

Detroit, Michigan

During your time in Detroit, be sure to pay homage to the Motor City’s stunning achievements in the automotive industry.  After you visit the birthplace of the Model T at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, watch the manufacturing process of a Ford F-150 truck from the elevated walkway overlooking the Dearborn Truck Plant’s final assembly line.

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Assembly Line at the Dearborn Truck Plant

Just as deeply rooted in Detroit’s history is music.  Launched in 1959, the Detroit-based Motown record label represented some of the most famous acts in music, including Marvin Gaye, Chubby Checker and Stevie Wonder.  Visit the Motown Museum, and stand in Studio A, where legends including the Supremes and the Temptations recorded some of their best-known hits. Spend some time exploring the District Detroit, 50 blocks of restaurants, bars and event destinations.  While you’re in the District, take in a show at one of Detroit’s many theatre venues, including the stunning Fox Theatre, as well as its smaller next door neighbor, City Theatre.

Sports fans can rest assured that Detroit’s MLB, NHL and NFL teams will quench their competitive thirst and spirit, while the Campus Martius Park and Detroit Princess Riverboat both offer unique outdoor outings.  And as if this all wasn’t enough, the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Michigan Science Center will excite and stimulate your mind.

Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina

Raleigh offers endless opportunities for lovers of the great outdoors.  The area is home to two state parks, including the Falls Lake State Recreation Area and William B. Umstead State Park, and both are both are prime locations for swimming, boating, fishing and hiking.  The Neuse River Trail caters to cyclists and hikers, and is the longest greenway trail in North Carolina.  Take in the view from its two  suspension bridges, and keep an eye out for beavers, cranes, and Great Blue Herons.

Museum buffs, be sure to visit the North Carolina Museum of History.  The Wright Brothers’ first flight took place in 1903 in nearby Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, and the museum is home to a full-scale replica of the Wright Flyer.  The museum is also home to a cannon and other artifacts recovered from a shipwrecked pirate vessel, as well as to “The Story of North Carolina,” a permanent exhibit that traces 14,000 years of North Carolina history.  Young and old alike will also love the Museum of Natural Sciences, the Museum of Art, and Marbles Kids Museum.

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Raleigh’s City Market

Raleigh was named one of the top 10 “Tastiest Towns in the South” by Southern Living magazine, and the local restaurant scene lives up to the hype.  With over 1,200 local restaurants, and options ranging from sushi to Middle Eastern, there’s sure to be something for everyone.  Be sure to try Eastern North Carolina-style barbecue (made with vinegar, salt, and red and black pepper) at one of the city’s many barbeque joints, and check out the diverse flavors of Historic City Market, an eclectic area of restaurants, bars, galleries and boutiques.

Regardless of where you’re based, you’re certain to have a great time exploring your new domicile.  Each city is home to unique events and places, just waiting to be discovered.

Our Favorite Blog Posts of 2016 Revisited

With the year winding down, we thought that it would be the perfect time to put together a compilation of some of our favorite blog posts of 2016.  Here’s a sample of what our employees have been up to this year.

Piano Playing Pilot Delights Passengers at Chicago O’Hare

Captain Billy Hock isn’t just a talented pilot.  He’s also a musician and songwriter who spends layovers at O’hare playing the piano for passengers.

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GoJet Captain Billy Hock, meeting a fan after playing the piano at Chicago O’Hare

Pilot Recruiter James Douvier Explains What it Takes to Be a GoJet Pilot

In one of our most viewed posts of the year, pilot recruiter Captain James Douvier explains that there’s more to being a GoJet pilot than just being a great aviator.  James is looking for pilots who are going to come to GoJet and make a difference.

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Pilot Recruiter Captain James Douvier

Maintenance Control: The Unseen Face of Tech Ops

The majority of our passengers have most likely never heard the term “Maintenance Control.”  However, the safety and timeliness of our flights depends on this important group of GoJet employees.  This department is critical to keeping our airplanes safe, our flights on schedule, and our passengers happy.

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Maintenance Controller Steven Perez

Summer Interns Contribute to the Operation in Big Ways

During the summer of 2016, three talented young interns contributed to the operation in big ways.  Aviation students Morgan Hunlen, Jade Lubinski, and Alex Dupre all took full advantage of the opportunity to move their studies beyond the classroom, and had an abundance of new knowledge when they returned to school in the fall.

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Our summer interns getting a rare, behind-the-scenes tour of the control tower at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

GoJet Flight Attendant Wins First Runner Up in the Miss North Carolina Pageant

Our employees do some truly astounding things in their free time.  Take GoJet flight attendant Juanette Roache – when she’s not providing stellar customer service at 37,000 feet, she regularly volunteers at her local soup kitchen and homeless shelter, as well as mentors children through the Boys and Girls Club.  Her community service led to an opportunity this spring to compete in the 20160 Mrs. North Carolina pageant, where she was named the first runner up and received the People’s Choice Award.

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GoJet Flight Attendant Juannette Roache

We have no doubt that our employees will continue to impress us next year.  We can’t wait to see what 2017 brings.  Happy New Year!