In 1977, the O’Sullivan brothers set out to build a luxury transportation network stretching across New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Ever since, they’ve been transporting clients in a fleet of sophisticated Lincoln Town Cars, stylish Lincoln Navigators, and stretch limousines. To ensure safety, O’Sullivan Limousine requires that its chauffeurs complete intensive defensive-driving training and pass periodic drug and background checks.
Ocean Helicopter's fleet ferries passengers over congested highways to hundreds of airports and heliports in the tri-state area. Its Robinson R44 helicopters, which fly at 135 mph, carry up to three passengers through the skies on sightseeing tours over New York City, Point Pleasant, Seaside Heights, and Atlantic City. The helicopters can also be used during special events, such as marriage proposals, weddings, and Taco Tuesdays.
Detours. Construction crews. An unwavering gridlock of honking horns. None of these affect the team at Seastreak. They ease work commutes and transportation woes by taking a different road: the water. Seastreak's captains have five high-speed ferries at their disposal, four of which can transport more than 500 passengers at a time. Multiple ships means multiple destinations, and the captains regularly go between Manhattan and New Jersey or Manhattan and Sandy Hook Bay, among many other routes.
Each of the double-hulled catamarans has indoor and outdoor decks, which look out on panoramic views of the NYC skyline. The ships also go on formal sightseeing expeditions, cruising towards wonders such as the Hudson River's fall foliage, fireworks over the harbor, and buoys that look like rearing sea serpents if you squint.
With 7Bus, passengers travel between Manhattan and Long Island in comfy and spacious motorcoaches. Rather than battle traffic and trade barbs with GPS systems, riders can decompress in leather seats, plug into a personal power outlet, and tap into the free WiFi to watch videos of kids asking “Are we there yet?” Safety is as much a priority to 7Bus as comfort and promptness. The company trains its drivers on a simulator and uses MobileView camera technology, which allows operations to monitor drivers and thus ensure safe and responsible transit.
Though a student has to be 17 years old to get his or her pilot's license, the instructors at Crosswinds Flight School start flyers as young as 12 on the path toward becoming new pilots. On the runways of Cross Keys Airport in Williamstown, New Jersey, they train students in the basic operations, takeoff, and steering procedures of compact Cessna and Piper Cherokee aircraft. As instructors guide their students toward a private pilot's license or instrument rating, they field questions about specific cockpit controls, techniques of flight, and types of clouds that make the best cotton candy. They progressively fine-tune the skill sets of participants in each course through short solo flights and up to 150-mile cross-country voyages.
Core Helicopters launches students skyward during hands-on helicopter lessons with certified, experienced staff on high-performance R22 helicopters with heated or open cockpits at Linden Airport, only 14 miles from New York City. Fledgling flyers begin their sojourns on the ground, with 30 minutes of in-depth training in flight controls and safety. Next, the pilot and pupil air-kiss the tarmac adieu before they climb into the cockpit, where strapped-in students get hands-on chopper experience for 15 airborne minutes. Soaring past the atmosphere's cloud-shaped sheep, pupils take over the flight controls themselves, or sit back as the instructor pilot takes the helm. Each trainee leaves the lesson holding an FAA-authorized, bird-notarized certificate for proof of their flight training. The flight time also counts toward a future pilot's license, should the student choose to pursue it.
Additional options including extended flight times, flight instructors demonstrating high-performing, advanced maneuvers, and flight-of-two flights where two helicopters will fly side-by-side together, which allow air-to-air photos with friends, are available for an additional fee.