From Sky River Helicopters’ locations at Sky Manor Airport and Cross Keys Airport, a fleet of Robinson helicopters thrums skyward while carrying flight-school pupils and sightseers. The team of flight-school instructors helps students to earn licenses as private or commercial pilots by showing them the ropes in the cockpits of R-22 or R-44 helicopters. During sightseeing tours, the Pocono Mountains, the New Jersey coastline, and the New York skyline sprawl out 1,500 feet below. Through the cockpit’s glassy bubble, the trees form impressionistic blurs, skyscrapers look like tiny spindles, and Godzilla’s underbite doesn’t seem that serious.
Star Career Academy is staffed by many instructors who work at the academy's eight campuses. Students can also learn from professional chefs, such as Francesco Martorella, who specializes in incorporating unique ingredients in ethnic dishes, and earned a nod as one of the city's best new chefs. Star Career's offers training under a variety of umbrellas, from the culinary arts to medical services, including training for medical assistants, paramedics, and dialysis technicians. Founded in 1979, the academy has evolved to offer other programs, too, such as cosmetology and hospitality management.
IndieFlix delivers festival-selected independent films to movie mavens via interactive DVD film-festival kits and an extensive online streaming library. Using the Deluxe Film Festival in a Box Movie Club Starter Kit, which was profiled in the New York Times, silver-screen buffs host their own private film festivals, where viewers can watch a series of short films and vote online in various categories, such as Best Movie, Best Performance, and the Jar Jar Binks Award for Best Supporting Actor. Every Deluxe package includes four individual genre-based games, each with four films. Viewers can choose between the Grown-up Edition, which features four games—Pottymouth Comedy, Zombie, Chillers, and Dark Comedy—and the Family Edition, also featuring four games—Fantastic, Comedy, Powered By Girls, and Love (both editions valued at $49.99).
Art instructors, wedding and fashion photographers, and the paparazzi of the avian world populate the staff at Imagination Digital Art School. Placing working photographers at the helm of every class, the school offers beginners and casual enthusiasts a glimpse at how the pros envision, set up, and carry out the perfect shot. Workshops send students through crash courses on lighting, composition, or the technical aspects of their cameras, and ventures in the field visit scenic locales such as Adventure Aquarium and Barnegat Lighthouse, which sailors have long loved for its flattering lighting.
Learning to read, solve math problems, or master any school subject relies on one thing: the brain. With this in mind, the coaches at LearningRx eschew traditional tutoring methods that focus on one subject at a time. Instead, they use brain-training games and other mind exercises designed to hone a child's overall cognitive skills. The coaches work with students of all abilities, including gifted children. They also specialize in helping those with ADHD, autism, and dyslexia. LearningRx's team also works with adults and seniors.