Summer Fun Guide: Three if by Air

Three if by Air


Academy of Aviation, Pilots Haven, Farmindale (airplane lessons)
(631) 777-7772,
American Airman School, Holbrook
(631) 471-3550,
Brookhaven Airport, Shirley (airplane lessons)
(631) 281-5400,
Dangelone Aviation, Bayport (airplane lessons)
(631) 472-4747
Eastern Helicopters, Ronkonkoma (helicopter lessons)
(631) 467-2232,
Heritage Flight Academy, Ronkonkoma (airplane lessons)
(631) 471-3550,
Mid Island Air Service, Ronkonkoma (airplane lessons)
(631) 588-5400
New York Jet & Mid Island Air Service, Ronkonkoma (airplane lessons)
(631) 588-5400,
Sky Sailors Glider School, Westhampton Beach (glider lessons and sightseeing, hot air balloon rides, parachuting and airplane lessons)
(631) 288-5858,

By Lisa Melnick

Few sports compete with the thrill of skydiving. There is nothing like the feeling of freefall, when the wind is blowing around and you take in all of the scenery circling below. To experience the ultimate adrenaline rush with a fantastic view of Long Island, head over to one of the skydiving companies on the East End.
Reservations are suggested, especially for weekend jumps. Both companies require participants be at least 18 years of age with valid identification with a recommended age limit of 225 pounds. There is some flexibility for those who exceed the weight limit, provided that your height and weight are in proportion according to a doctor’s chart. Every new jumper is required to go tandem (harnessed to an instructor). If you dare to go solo, you will need to complete three tandem jumps before doing so.
Rates begin at $209. Capturing the moment on videotape is extra, but a must for first-time jumpers. For those concerned about safety, instructors are certified only after completing hundreds of jumps and parachutes always are packed with a reserve. Each company has a website with answers to frequently asked questions. Call for reservations.

Skydive Long Island Calverton
(631) 208-3900

Long Island Skydiving East Moriches
(631) 235-9968



Bay Fireworks

June 6 Brookhaven Fair, Farmingville
June 24&27 St. Anthony of Padua’s Family Feast and Festival, East Northport
July 3 Amityville Chamber of Commerce
July 3 Massapequa Park
July 3&5 North Sea Fire Department, Water Mill
July 4 East Hills
July 4 Asharoken
July 4 Wading River
July 10 Long Beach
July 11 Shelter Island
July 11 Southampton
July 15-17 Huntington Manor Fire Department, Huntington Station
August 2 Moriches Knights of Columbus, Center Moriches
August 8 Bethpage Chamber of Commerce, Bethpage

Grucci Fireworks

June 27 TD Bank Celebrates America, Eisenhower Park, Uniondale
July 2-4, August 8, Sept 7-8, 19 Long Island Ducks, Citibank Park, Central Islip
July 3 Point O’Woods Fire Department, Fire Island
July 3 Southampton Fresh Air Home Benefit, Shinnecock Bay
July 4 Brookhaven Star Spangled Blast, Bald Hill, Farmingville
July 4 Devon Yacht Club, East Hampton
July 4 Fund in the Sun Foundation, The Pines, Fire Island
July 4 Stars Over Montauk, Umbrella Beach, Montauk
July 5 East Islip Fire Department Carnival
July 15&18 Terryville Fire Department
July 18 Philharmonic Concert, Heckscher State Park, East Islip