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Aviation Department

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Farmingdale State College, State University of New York 
Lupton Hall, 2350 Broad Hollow Road, Farmingdale, NY 11735 

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Aviation Department

Farmingdale State College's Department of Aviation offers the premier collegiate aviation program on Long Island and in the region. The faculty and professional staff are fully committed to providing students with the personal and professional skills that will enable them to enter and succeed in the exciting field of aviation.

The Professional Pilot program provides training for entry-level pilot positions within the air transportation industry. Typically, one becomes a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) while earning advanced pilot ratings, and building flight hours in complex and twin engine aircraft. Presently, regional carriers are seeking candidates with 400 to 600 hours of Pilot in Command and a Multi-Engine rating, and the bachelor’s degree. The second program the department oversees is the BS in Aviation Administration that supplies the region with qualified administrators, offering concentrations in Airport Management and Air Cargo Management.

We are the largest collegiate Flight School in the Northeast Region and the only SUNY School to offer a 4 Year Degree Program in Aeronautical Science. The Aviation Center averages 5,800 Flight Hours a Year in Solo and Dual Flight Instruction. We average over 5 FAA Certification Rides per month and over 20 Student Progression/Stage Checks per month.

General Admissions Requirements


Assessment Plan


Aviation Center

Welcome to the Aviation Center at Farmingdale State College which is located at Republic Airport.  The 22,000 sq ft. Aerospace Facility was built in 1990 and is the primary hub for flight training at Farmingdale State College. The facility is ideally located to accommodate students from the tri state area. The facility is less than 2 miles from the main campus making it an easy commute, or the student can take public transportation from the main campus. There is public transportation to/from the LIRR and is a few miles from all major highways.

Typical Employment Opportunities

Our programs are not limited to finding just one job. They will give you a solid undergraduate education with a major in Aeronautical Science and are designed to open as many career doors as possible. Successful graduates have gone on to careers such as:

  • Certified Flight Instructor
  • Airline Pilot
  • Charter Pilot
  • Corporate Pilot
  • Banner Towplane Pilot
  • Armed Forces
  • Federal Aviation Administration
    Aviation Safety Inspector
  • Traffic Watch Pilot
  • Air Ambulance Pilot

Location, Contact Information & Directions to the Aviation Department

Main Campus
Farmingdale State College
2350 Broadhollow Road
Farmingdale, New York 11735-1021

Click here for a map of the Campus

Aviation Department Main Telephone 631-420-2308
email address engtech@farmingdale.edu

Location, Contact Information & Directions to the Aviation Center

Aviation Center
Farmingdale State College
885 Broadhollow Road
Farmingdale, New York 11735-1021

Aviation Center Main Telephone 631-420-2036
Aviation Center Fascimile 631-420-2533
Air-Boss / Flight Operations Desk 631-420-2522
email address aviationcenter@farmingdale.edu

Click here for a map to the Aviation Center

Via Automobile:

NORTHERN STATE PARKWAY - to Exit 40 (Route 110). Travel South on NY Route 110 for approximately 4 miles. Go under train trestle. Go through four traffic lights and make a U-Turn at Grumman Lane (after Marriott Hotel). SUNY Aerospace Building on Right hand side.

SOUTHERN STATE PARKWAY - to Exit 32 - Route 110. Travel north on Route 110, approximately 2 miles. SUNY Aerospace Building on Right hand side after Marriot Hotel.

LONG ISLAND EXPRESSWAY to Exit 49 South (NY Route 110) - Travel South on NY Route 110 for approximately 4 miles. Go under train trestle. Go through four traffic lights and make U-Turn at Grumman Lane (after Marriott Hotel). SUNY Aerospace Building on Right hand side after Marriot Hotel

Via Train:

LONG ISLAND RAILROAD - Pennsylvania Station. Take the Ronkonkoma line to the Farmingdale station. Check with the Conductor for any necessary changes. Take a taxi from the Farmingdale Station to the SUNY Aerospace Building.

Via Plane:

The Aviation Center is located at KFRG -Republic Airport, a Class Delta airport underlying the New York Class Bravo Airspace. Click here for pilot information found in the Airport Facility Directory. Please review the noise abatement procedures for Republic Airport prior to flight. Upon landing, request taxi to the Echo Ramp. Click here for a taxi diagram. We are located in the large blue hangar & building on the western edge of the Echo Ramp. If you intend to park on our ramp please call 24 hours in advance for clearance and self announce your arrival on our "STATE OPS" frequency (123.5MHz) as you enter the ramp for parking & tie down assignment. Alternatively, we recommend that you ramp at either of the FBO's on the field or at the main terminal.

Useful Frequencies:

Aviation Department Faculty & Staff

Title Name
Phone Number
 Chairperson Dr. Jeanne Radigan
Assistant Professor Dr. Ramón-Osvaldo González
Associate Professor Louis Scala
Assistant Professor Kevin O'Donnell
Associate Professor Dr. Michael F. Canders
Assistant Professor Dr. Meron Lindenfeld (Ron)
Adjunct Faculty Michael Trzaska
Administrative Assistant Linda Webel

Aviation Center Staff

Title Name
Phone Number
Aviation Center Director Dr. Michael F. Canders
Chief Flight Instructor Michael Trzaska
Acting Aviation Center Safety Officer Kevin Roberts
Administrative Coordinator Lynette Tiger
Assistant Chief Flight Instructor

Abraham Im

Jonathan Miranda

Administrative Assistant Mike Karpinski 631-420-2592
 Director of Maintenance Daniel Franco
Assistant Director of Maintenance Zhi Shum
Acting Aviation Parts Manager Brandon Cantwell
Dispatch Coordinator Anne Marie Sollazzo 631-420-2036

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