With high-tech, modern flight simulators and a fleet of advanced aircraft at their disposal, the instructors of Empire Flight Academy lead a host of trainings in the invigorating art of airborne transit. Authorized as a Cirrus, Diamond, Cessna, and Garmin G1000 education facility, Empire Flight holds courses that shuttle would-be cloud kickers toward their Private Pilot Certificate and Instrument Ratings through combined training on the ground, in the cockpit, and careful study of footage from Airplane!. Additionally, Empire Flight Academy’s offshoots—Empire Airways and Skyline Tours—offer ride-along sight-seeing jaunts of New York, as well as privately chartered flights.
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.
When combined, the thunderous rolling of balls, clattering of pins, and whip-like clashing of high-fives form the soundtrack for Maple Family Centers' string of family-owned alleys. Open seven days per week, each emporium's array of slicked lanes host everything from youth programs and leagues to birthday parties as competitors of all ages duel with or without bumpers. During cosmic bowling on weekend nights, Maple Family Centers honors the sport's discothèque origins with glowing lanes and thumping tunes. A full menu of pub fare re-energizes fatigued fingers, and on-site pro shops help improve players' games by providing the latest equipment or fitting older balls with new prescription glasses.
Farmingdale Lanes's smooth, polished lanes are always ready for a good time. Set among a lively atmosphere?with painted murals on the walls and computers keeping score?they make for an apt location for a family outing, a night with friends, or a birthday party. They also go dark for cosmic bowling, which includes laser lights, Top 40 music videos, and trivia.