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 AABI 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.
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.
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. It is, however, closed when Bridgewater State University is closed and when the local school systems (Dartmouth and New Bedford) are closed.
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. Students will need to make an appointment with an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) nearest them and fill out an application on MedExpress. In addition to the medical certificate, new students will need to apply for a Student Pilot Certificate by completing an application through the FAA IACRA website and having it certified by a certified flight instructor or FAA representative from the local Flight Standards District Office.
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 https://www.flightschoolcandidates.gov/afsp2/afspindex.py.
Click on the “Create New Student Account” link and follow the directions. For additional information, visit http://www.aopa.org/tsa_rule/.
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.
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, an Elite G501 AATD and a Redbird LD 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 www.faa.gov. 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 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)
- 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)
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 "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
BA, Boston College
MAS, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
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.
BS, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
MEd, Fordham University Graduate School of Education at Lincoln Center
After receiving her Master’s in Secondary Education and teaching for 2 years in the public school system, Christi made a career change and enrolled at Spartan College of Aeronautics to pursue her dream of flying. After receiving her certificates (Commercial Multi- and single engine land, Certified Flight Instructor Airplane and Instrument), she began flight instructing for BSU and quickly upgraded her qualifications to include Stage Check Instructor and Multiengine Instructor. At BSU, she has served as a flight instructor, check pilot, part-time dispatcher, visiting lecturer, and staff assistant for both records and compliance and standards and evaluation. Currently, she is in charge of creating a “safety-first” culture as the safety officer and continuing to serve as the Assistant Chief Instructor for each of the courses offered.
Evan started flying at the age of 18 in 1987 out of Lawrence, MA. He has a Master's degree in Aviation Science. In the interim years, he has worked as a CFI in Lawrence and Beverly as well as in San Jose, California. He spent 15 years at Cape Air doing everything from flying the Cessna 402 to acting as Part 135 Director of Training and ATR-42 Fleet Manager. He also started the process of initiating Cape Air’s Safety Management System. He previously worked at BSU as Simulator Coordinator and Assistant Chief Pilot as well as a visiting lecturer. Prior to his most recent stint at BSU he was a first officer and then captain on the CRJ-900 for Endeavor Air. Teaching and mentoring pilots has always been his true passion.
Bradley attended Bridgewater State University and graduated in December 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Aviation. During his time in school, he worked as a flight instructor at Beverly Flight Center and at Bridgewater’s Aviation Training Center. Here he served as a check instructor and assisted with record auditing. After graduation, Bradley was given an opportunity to fly a Pilatus PC-12 for PlaneSense based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. PlaneSense operates a fractional ownership program and on-demand charter around the United States, Canada, and the Bahamas. Bradley started back at Bridgewater State University in the fall of 2017 as a staff assistant for standards and evaluation. His goal is to provide students with the safest and best possible career-oriented training. Bradley is also an Emergency Medical Technician and CPR instructor.
Bill has over 25 years of aviation related experience. His early experience was as a ground support equipment mechanic where he performed line operations and maintenance work on turbine generators, hydraulic support equipment and small engines. He then worked in the aviation supply and logistics career field. After a short tenure in Human Resources, Bill moved on to work in the operational support area where he stood up a brand new operations support section and oversaw the development of scheduling models and support to crew members. Finally, Bill served as a Director of Operations where he oversaw both support for mission crews as well as the transition to a new facility and advanced technology that expanded the operational capability of the organization.
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.
Stephanie Jesse joined the Flight Training Program as the Flight Training Coordinator in July 2017. Although new to the Flight Training Center, she is very familiar with the Aviation program from serving in the College of Business Dean's Office the last four years. Stephanie has been an invaluable member of Bridgewater State University since 1997 and continues to be an asset to the Aviation program.
Domenic LaFauci is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Daytona Beach Campus, where he received his Private and Commercial Certificates as well as his Instrument Rating. He has been with Bridgewater State University Aviation as a Flight Instructor since 2015, and he is now the Staff Assistant for Records and Compliance. He is also a Gold Seal Flight Instructor, a NAFI Master Flight Instructor, and was awarded the distinctions of "Outstanding Flight Instructor" and "Distinguished Flight Instructor" from the AOPA Flight Training Excellence Awards.
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 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".
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.
Aviation Training Center
1852 Shawmut Avenue
New Bedford, MA
Dispatch desk: 508.531.1476