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Department of Aviation Science

Ever dream you could fly? At Bridgewater, you can. If your fascination with flight is stronger than ever, BSU Aviation will help you make that dream come true.

Our FAA and internationally accredited program offers rigorous academics and excellent in-flight training in every kind of airspace – and we’re one of the most affordable programs in the country. Whether you choose to fly or pursue an on-the-ground career, your experience at BSU Aviation will set you apart.

A globally accredited aviation program

BSU Aviation is accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International (ABBI), which assures students and prospective employers that an educational degree program has met stringent industry standards of quality. It ensures that graduates have received quality training and education and are capable of performing a broad range of professional responsibilities.

Accreditation has three fundamental purposes:

  • Ensure the quality of the institution or programs.
  • Assist in the improvement of the institution or program.
  • Maintain relevance of education with the industry it serves.

AABI, like other specialized organizations accrediting national programs that prepare students for a profession or occupation, is closely tied to its industry leaders and professional association.

The mission of AABI is to advance quality education worldwide through accreditation and leadership. In accordance with its mission statement, ABBI is committed to its role as the world’s leader in the advancement of aviation accreditation. This commitment is integral to all of ABBI’s organizational activities.

ABBI’s goals for collegiate aviation accreditation are as follows:

  • Stimulate collegiate aviation program excellence​ and self-improvement.
  • Establish uniform minimum educational quality standards.
  • Increase the credibility, integrity, and acceptance of collegiate aviation programs within institutions of higher education and all aspects of the aviation community, to include industry, government, and the public-at-large.

Additional information:

Flight Training Q&A

How much does flight training cost?

The fees for flight training are in addition to tuition and fees. The flight training cost can be broken down into sections over four years. Please note that these are estimated cost based on past average flight times required for each rating or license. These average training times are from the FAA data base. Some students may require additional training.

Estimated Non-Tuition Cost for Flight Courses

FAA Knowledge Exams and Practical Tests require an additional fee.

CFII is offered but not a requirement for graduation: $3,400

How can I get the most value from my flight training experience?

Manage your time effectively and devote time to study and practice. Fly as frequently as possible and avoid pauses in your training whenever possible. An aggressive and continuous flight training schedule will save you time and money. Students learn quickly – especially in flight training – they get out of it what they put into it.

Will financial aid be available and does it cover all flight training fees?

Financial aid is available for students who qualify and covers most of not all flight training fees (excepting costs for supplies and FAA exams). If you qualify for financial aid, a separate account will be established to pay for flight training. Please contact the BSU Office of Financial Aid for detailed information.

How frequently should I expect to fly?

Students are expected to commit to flying not fewer than three times each week, and additional flying is encouraged as resources and student schedules permit. Flying more frequently increases proficiency, which results in faster training progress in less time and at less cost. The Aviation Training Center is open throughout the year.

Where will I be flying?

BSU’s Aviation Training Center is located at the New Bedford Regional Airport, approximately half an hour’s drive from campus. Due to the driving distance, first-year Aviation students are the only freshmen allowed to have vehicles on campus.

What if I don't own a vehicle? Does BSU provide a shuttle to the airport?

BSU does not operate transportation service to the airport. Aviation students often contact each other for possible ride sharing.

What are the FAA requirements before I can begin flying?

Prior to their first flight lessons all BSU Aviation students must obtain an FAA Medical Certificate. Visit a local FAA designated Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) nearest you, and be sure to indicate that you need both a medical certificate and a Student Pilot Certificate (SPC).

Does BSU coordinate with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to provide flight training?

All BSU Aviation students who receive training must comply with current TSA policy and procedures. Compliance requirements depend on citizenship status.

International students should visit

Click on the “Create New Student Account” link and follow the directions. For additional information, visit

What separates FAA Part 61 and Part 141 flight training?

BSU Aviation is an FAA-approved 14 CFR Part 141 flight training provider, certified to conduct both Part 141 and Part 61 training. Part 141 training allows students to complete most flight courses with less required flight time than a Part 61 applicant requires for the same certificate or rating. Part 141 providers follow FAA-approved course outlines, meet quality-of-training standards and undergo regular FAA audits, and have the flexibility to train applicants under Part 61 (Part 61 providers do not have the reverse option). BSU Aviation works closely with the FAA to ensure that we are providing top quality training. Students financing their training through the G.I. Bill must conduct Part 141 training.

As a BSU Aviation graduate, am I guaranteed a position as a BSU CFI?

Employment positions on the BSU Flight Instructor staff are earned, however all BSU Aviation students who complete the CFI certificate may be considered. Hiring is highly selective and based on staffing needs and applicant qualifications.

Aircraft Fleet

Cessna 172R Skyhawk
8 aircraft – Non-complex single-engine aircraft for Private, IR, Commercial, CFI and CFII training
4 seats, Garmin 430W GPS Navigation/Communication Unit

Piper PA28R Arrow
2 aircraft – Complex single-engine aircraft for Commercial and CFI training
4 seats, Garmin 430W GPS Navigation/Communication Unit

Piper PA34 Seneca
1 aircraft – Complex light twin-engine aircraft for Commercial Multi-Engine and MEI training
6 seats, Garmin 430W GPS Navigation/Communication Unit

Flight Simulator Lab

BSU Aviation incorporates FAA-approved Elite RC-1 AATDs and an Elite G501 AATD in training course delivery. Located at the Aviation Training Center at New Bedford Regional Airport, the Advanced Aviation Training Device platforms enhances the rapid development of aeronautical decision-making through the use of simulated weather conditions, air traffic control environments, and various flight conditions that would not otherwise be readily available or replicable in the aircraft.

Flight Training Equipment List

The following list represents more than the cost of textbooks for a single semester: It is the start of an investment in your long-term training and your aviation career.

Many of the required FAA publications are available online and free at BSU-specific training for your course of training are available for free download, as well.

Pilots are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the required publications and maintaining the requisite level of knowledge at all times. All students must acquire the following items before their first flight lesson.

Flight Gear

  • Flight Bag
  • Flight Headset
  • E6B Flight Computer (manual)
  • VFR Plotter (IFR if conducting Instrument or CFII training)
  • View Limiting Device (hood or “foggles”)
  • Flashlight (with spare batteries)
  • Kneeboard
  • Aircraft Checklists (Normal and Emergency)
  • Airport/Facility Directory (A/FD)
  • Terminal Area Chart (TAC)
  • Sectional Chart (New York)
  • IFR Low En Route*
  • Current Instrument Approach Procedure Charts*
  • Flight Logbook


  • BSU Flight Standards Manual (FSM) - Aircraft Specific
  • BSU Aviation Operations Manual
  • Aircraft Pilot's Operating Handbook
  • Applicable FAA Practical Test Standards
  • Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR)
  • Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM)
  • Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge (PHAK)
  • FAA Airplane Flying Handbook
  • FAA Aviation Weather
  • FAA Aviation Weather Services

*(If conducting Instrument or CFII training)

Michael Farley
Associate Professor and Chairperson of Aviation Science
Harrington Hall, Room 111B

Mike Farley has been a Bridgewater State University Aviation professor for ten years. He also graduated from the program with a double major. He has worked at seven different airports and is active in freshmen advising activities


BS, Bridgewater State College
MPA, San Diego State University

Veronica Cote
Associate Professor of Aviation Science
Harrington Hall, Room 111D

Veronica "Biz" (Bizinkauskas) Cote was bitten by the aviation bug in 1982 when she began flying as a Bridgewater State undergraduate. She quickly advanced through her certificates and ratings and began flight instruction her junior year. Veronica has over 1000 hours of dual given and trained many pilots who are now flying for the military and commercial aviation. She flew as a corporate pilot and later as a line captain and first officer for the commuter airlines during the rough and tumble years of early deregulation. She retired from the airlines and pursued her Master of Aeronautical Science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and worked as an assistant at the Center for Aviation and Aerospace Research studying aviation human factors issues. Veronica is delighted to share her love of the sky teaching the next generation of aviation professionals. Her areas of specialty are ground school courses, CFI instruction, aviation weather, airline operations, human factors, and aviation history.


BS, Bridgewater State College
MAS, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, ATP, CF II

John Kreeft
Assistant Professor of Aviation Science
Harrington Hall
Michael Welch
Associate Professor of Aviation Science
Harrington Hall

Michael Welch received his master's degree in Education Administration from Fordham University at Lincoln Center. He teaches Introduction to Aviation Management (AVSC 305), Aviation Safety (AVSC 310), Aviation Regulatory Process (AVSC 320), Aviation Management (AVSC 471) and Air Carrier Operations (AVSC 307). Having been in the airline business for more than thirty-three years, he finds teaching future aviation leaders to be an excellent way to impart his knowledge and make a positive change in the future. His research continues to examine the business of today's carriers. He is an avid Boston sports fan and has been a railroad groupie since his childhood.

Greg Bongiorno
Program Manager
Harrington Hall, Room 111E

Greg joined Bridgewater State University Aviation in September of 2008 as the Aviation Program Manager. He is also a graduate of the Bridgewater Aviation Program. For the last 17 years Greg has flown for numerous part 135 air charter operations and served as Line Captain, Training Captain and Line Check Airman for a large part 121 regional airline. Greg still maintains his proficiency as a professional corporate pilot for a fortune 20 company flight department. Additional duties include management of the IS-BAO Stage III certification. At Bridgewater Aviation Greg is involved with domestic and international aviation industry relations, professional development, marketing, recruiting, technical advisor and internship development. Greg also serves as Safety Officer and as the Assistant Chief Pilot for Bridgewater's FAA approved 141 flight school.

Loren Herren
Chief Flight Instructor
Aviation Training Center

Loren earned a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Higher Education Administration before changing careers to follow his passion for aviation. He has been Bridgewater State University Aviation's Chief Instructor since the Part 141 program was certified in 2008, and is active with the FAA Safety Team conducting presentations and assisting with the general aviation awards program. He is currently working to build the relationship between Bridgewater Aviation and the Civil Air Patrol, and to develop outreach programs with local, regional and state high schools.

Margie Rivera
Administrative Assistant I
Aviation Training Center

Margie has worked at the Aviation Training Center since September 2008. She previously worked as a Social Worker for the Head Start Preschool Program. Prior to that she worked as a Marketing Information Administrator at the Commonwealth Electric Company (now NSTAR). She earned a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Emmanuel College.

Lisa Shaw
Administrative Assistant I
Harrington Hall, Room 111

Lisa is a long time resident of the Bridgewater State University community and is familiar with college policies and procedures. She has been part of the Bridgewater family since she officially began working for the college in 1992, then later joined the aviation science department in 2001. Enthusiastic, energetic, she aims to please, if you have any problems or questions do not hesitate to contact her. "Dream lofty dreams...future aviators".

Department Chair
Michael Farley
Administrative Assistant
Lisa Shaw
Program Manager
Greg Bongiorno
Administrative Assistant-Aviation Training Center
Margie Rivera

The department offers a BS degree in Aviation Science with a concentration in aviation management or flight training. We combine a liberal arts education with hands-on flight training that prepares students to fly in any kind of weather and over mountains, open water, urban areas and more. Our program has been active for more than 30 years, and our faculty represent more than a century of combined experience.

As the demand grows for experienced pilots and aviation managers, our aviation graduates pursue careers in the air and on the ground at major carriers and airports throughout the nation – as pilots, managers and other staff members, flight planners, systems engineers, flight instructors, and air traffic controllers.

Department of Aviation Science
Harrington Hall
Room 111

Aviation Training Center
1852 Shawmut Avenue
New Bedford, MA
Dispatch desk: 508.531.1476