The thump of the rotors. The sound of the wind. The view of the landing pad receding into the distance below. With a versatile range of motion and wraparound windows that cast the surrounding skies in a stunning panorama, the helicopter isn't merely a vehicle: it's a window into unseen worlds. The flight instructors at Flying Helicopters Made Easy want everyone to experience the wonders of flight; that's why they spend their days teaching students how to become better and safer helicopter pilots. Inside Robinson Helicopter Company’s choppers, instructors lead flights that include introductory flights, private- and commercial-pilot certification flights, and training flights for licensing. They also operate scenic flights, which allow visitors to enjoy the skies surrounding New York City while drinking in 360-degree views of the metropolis and surrounding coastline.
Catering to the thrill-seeking mentalities of automotive enthusiasts, Velocity Driving allows visitors to slip behind the wheel of an exotic luxury car and personally experience its horsepower and handling. The company's fleet of high-end vehicles includes numerous treasures, including a Nissan GTR, a Lamborghini Gallardo, an Aston Martin DB9, a C7 Corvette Stingray, and a Maserati GranTurismo S. Every car comes equipped with an F1 paddle-shift transmission, which means that drivers don't have to bother with a clutch pedal or manual transmission. Throughout each outing, a driving instructor will ride shotgun and offer valuable guidance as guests perform multiple laps around a professionally designed race track and get a feel for the vehicle's high-end performance.
The licensed aviators at Positive Rate Gear Up command a trio of Piper aircraft, which they use during flying lessons and their own aerial jaunts. The squad includes seasoned veterans ranging from commercial airline pilots to recreational fliers, and takes on students who are working toward wings of their own. The club's nest at Republic Airport exposes trainees to a busy Class D airspace, allowing them to become accustomed to sharing the air and negotiating heavy traffic caused by 10-cloud pileups. The team also teaches discovery flights aimed at beginners that help them understand cockpit instrumentation and controls as they try their hand at a few aerial maneuvers.
As licensed commercial pilots with a number of certifications, Nomis Flying Club’s instructors are no strangers to the rigors of flight school. Although they guide students through an intense curriculum, they still strive to foster a convivial, friendly atmosphere, tailoring classes to suit each student’s goals.
Additionally, in an effort to foster a flying community, Nomis Flying Club members gain access to fully fueled planes and an airport clubroom, where they can swap landing and windswept-hairstyling tips with other passionate aviators.
Nassau-Suffolk Dekhockey trades in skates for shoes, pucks for balls, and cross checks for high-fives. The organization has hosted friendly street-hockey matches, leagues and clinics since 1979. Players sign up with teams of 11–20 players or place their names on a free-agent list to be placed on a team or picked up by the NHL. The league is divided into young kids, older kids, teens, and adults, each of whose seasons last 10 games before the playoffs. Nassau-Suffolk Dekhockey's onsite equipment shop helps players keep elbows, knees, and faces protected.
New York Flight Academy welcomes students with open arms into the piloting profession. They offer training for beginners and more experience pilots alike, starting with Discovery flight lessons that introduce newbies to the joys of flight, and advancing toward private pilot licenses. They also offer lessons in instrument rating, commercial pilot licensing courses, and multi-engine landing. They even train pupils in helicopter piloting and instructing.