Aviation Science Department
Faculty and Staff
Associate Dean of Aviation, School of Business
former Dean of Aviation Sciences at Daniel Webster College in New
Hampshire. As an enthusiastic aviation educator for nearly 20 years,
David joined Bridgewater State University's program in the summer of
2010 as the Associate Dean for Aviation. David is a graduate of Daniel
Webster College with a B.S. in Aviation Management as well as an MBA.
Upon graduation from DWC, David worked for several years as a corporate pilot and Certified Flight Instructor before realizing that he had a true passion for teaching aviation.
David hosted a television program called "Take Off" which inspired him to teach Physics and AP Physics in southern New Hampshire. David came back to college academia in 2005 where his specialty is teaching Private Pilot concepts. David is a certified Advanced Ground Instructor and was honored at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics as the 2006 teacher of the Year as well as the Federal Aviation Administration's 2006 Teacher of the Year.
David is the past President of the Massachusetts Aviation and Space Education Council (MASEC) as well as a founding officer of the New Hampshire Aviation and Space Education Council (NHASEC). During the summer months, David directs Aviation Career Education (ACE) Camps for the Federal Aviation Administration throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire and is an active member of the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI).
During his spare time, David can be seen performing as the Master of Ceremonies for F.I.R.S.T. robotics competitions in New England and at the world championships held each year in St. Louis.
Mike Farley has been a BSC 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.
There were a few short side roads ....a managerial role with an International Corporation; R&D work at the Boeing Aircraft Company, B-767, etcetera.....but, overall, in the 25-plus years since Prof. Abers first received his Commercial Pilot's License, his time has been rather equally spent between professional flying and lecturing at the college level. The bulk of his flight time is logged under his Airline Transport Pilot rating; whereas his teaching experience ranges from a small private aviation college -where he also served administratively as Dean- to large university settings (such as The Center for Aerospace Sciences at UND). In addition to his tenure at our BSC School of Business, Professor Abers has taught Computer Technology at two of our other Commonwealth State Colleges and Universities. Reflecting on his eleven years of teaching, plus an equal amount of professional flying time, he has often been heard to say that the best of all his "many years" have been the last eight....at Bridgewater State College.
|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 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.|
What do you get when you cross an Air Force cartographer with an Instrument Flight Instructor? Answer: Professor Michael Sloan, a teacher who knows where he's going.
In 40 years of flying, Sloan -- who trained for his initial issuance at a military airfield -- has been a renter-pilot, a member of three flying clubs, and an aircraft owner. As a CFII for 25 years, in a variety of aircraft, he has accumulated over 5,000 hours aloft.
Here at BSU, he brings to his classes, not only his extensive aeronautical experience, but insights gained from working as a Court Reporter with the NTSB, Justice Department and the SEC. Beyond regularly professing at Bridgewater State, Sloan teaches FAA-approved Flight Instructor Refresher Clinics and weekend test-prep seminars. He has provided ground and test-prep instruction for the Mass DOT/Aeronautics Division and the Massachusetts State Police air wing.
He is a published author whose articles have appeared in a variety of aviation-related magazines and newspapers. His latest novel, "Cone of Silence," is available online and at undiscriminating bookstores.
During intersession, Sloan likes to travel dressed in shabby clothes and enjoys getting into trouble. "Find a traveling companion, " he advises, "who won't complain about you." From the accompanying photo, it's obvious he preaches what he practices.
Administrative Assistant: Lisa Shaw
Lisa has been a long time resident of Bridgewater State College community and is familiar with college policies and procedures. She has been part of the BSC family since she official 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".
Aviation Program Manager: Greg Bongiorno
Greg joined BSU Aviation in September of 2008 as the Aviation Program Manager. He is also a graduate of the BSU Aviation Program.
Greg has accumulated over 11,000 hours of flight time since graduating from BSU. He 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 BSU Aviation Greg is involved with domestic and international aviation industry relations, professional development, marketing, recruiting, aviation technical advisor and internship development. Greg also serves as Safety Officer and as the Assistant Chief Pilot for BSU's FAA approved 141 flight school.
Last Modified: September 19, 2012