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Aviation Department

Contact Information

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

*State University of New York (SUNY) policy prohibits the Farmingdale State admissions application from inquiring into an applicant's prior criminal history. After acceptance, the College shall inquire if the student previously has been convicted of a felony if such individual seeks campus housing or participation in clinical or field experiences, internships or study abroad programs. The information required to be disclosed under SUNY policy regarding such felony convictions shall be reviewed by a standing campus committee consistent with the legal standards articulated in New York State Corrections Law.

Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions. Students who have concerns about such matters are advised to contact the dean's office of their intended academic program

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Aviation Department

Farmingdale State College's Department of Aviation offers the premier collegiate aviation programs 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 Aviation Administration program supplies the region with qualified administrators, offering concentrations in Airport Management and Air Cargo Management. Our recent graduates have successfully been employed with major and regional airlines, commercial and general aviation airports, FBOs, the FAA, the TSA and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

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. Through a letter of agreement with the FAA, our professional pilot degree program allows students to qualify for a restricted Airline Transport Pilot (R-ATP) at 1000 hours, rather than the standard 1500 hours.

Our flight program is not limited to finding just one job. It provides a solid undergraduate education with a major in Aeronautical Science and is designed to open as many career doors as possible.

We are the largest collegiate Flight School in the Northeast Region and the only SUNY School to offer Four-Year Degree Programs in Aviation. Both degree programs were fully accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) in February, 2018.

4 Year Degree Completion Plan

The objective of each accredited program


Student Achievements The Aviation Department is proud of its strong placement of students on both the President's and Dean's list. (Please select view by curriculum for easy access to aviation list of names)

Aviation students are also recipients of many Scholarships and Awards. The department supports student chapters of the Alpha Eta Rho and of the American Association of Airport Executives, which was recently cited as the campus Student Club of the year.


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.

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.


Location, Contact Information & Directions to the Aviation Department

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

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Aviation Department Main Telephone 934-420-2308
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 934-420-2036
Aviation Center Facsimile 934-420-2533
Air-Boss / Flight Operations Desk 934-420-2522
email address aviationcenter@farmingdale.edu

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. Here is the 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. Download the 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
Aviation Center Safety Officer Kevin Roberts
Administrative Coordinator Lynette Tiger
Assistant Chief Flight Instructor


Administrative Assistant Mike Karpinski 934-420-2592
Director of Maintenance Daniel Franco
Assistant Director of Maintenance Zhi Shum
Acting Aviation Parts Manager Brandon Cantwell
Acting Dispatch Coordinator  Juan Gonzalez 934-420-2036

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