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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.

Faculty
Michael Farley
Associate Professor and Chairperson of Aviation Science
Harrington Hall, Room 111B
Tel:
508.531.2366
Email: mfarley@bridgew.edu

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

Degrees

BS, Bridgewater State College
MPA, San Diego State University

Richard Abers
Associate Professor of Aviation Science
Harrington Hall, Room 111C
Tel:
508.531.2394
Email: rabers@bridgew.edu

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 Bridgewater State University College of Business, Professor Abers has taught Computer Technology at two 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.

Degrees

BS, University of Illinois
MEd, University of New Hampshire

Veronica Cote
Associate Professor of Aviation Science
Harrington Hall, Room 111D
Tel:
508.531.2137
Email: v1cote@bridgew.edu

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.

Degrees

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

David G. Price
Associate Dean of Aviation
Harrington Hall, Room 104
Tel:
508.531.6151
Email: david.price@bridgew.edu

David G. Price was the 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.

Certified Flight Instructor
Brian Campbell
Aviation Training Center
Tel:
508.531.1445
Email: brian.campbell@bridgew.edu

Brian grew up in Milton and always wanted to become a pilot because his mother is a flight attendant for United Airlines and he was able to travel. He pursued his dream and went to Saint Louis University in the fall of 2006. He also worked as an instructor for six months in Saint Louis. Brian moved back to Milton in the summer of 2011 to start instructing at Bridgewater Aviation Training Center. His goal is to one day fly for FedEx.

Eric Drugge
CFII
Aviation Training Center
Tel:
508.531.1445
Email: eric.drugge@bridgew.edu

Eric Drugge began his career in aviation at Bridgewater State in 1986. After soloing at the Plymouth Airport in a Cessna 150, he was hooked. He earned his instructor's rating in 1989 and has been in and around aviation for more than 25 years. Life opportunities and a non-flying career took him south to Florida and South Carolina, but the simple enjoyment of teaching and a desire to live on the Cape has drawn him back here to Bridgewater to teach fulltime.

 

Sean Fitgerald
CFII
Aviation Training Center
Tel:
508.531.1445
Email: s1fitzgerald@bridgew.edu

Sean Fitzgerald has loved aviation since he was 3 years old. His grandfather was an airline pilot which always intrigued him. In 2004, he enrolled at Bridgewater State College for Aviation Science with a concentration in flight training. He completed most of his flight training with Delta Connection Academy. Sean graduated from Bridgewater in 2008 and was a flight instructor in Mansfield for three years. In 2011, he was hired by Cape Air as a pilot and flew all over New England and the Caribbean. He returned to Bridgewater State University in 2012 to work as a flight instructor, bringing his airline and prior CFI experience.

Dave Miller
Aviation Training Center
Tel:
508.531.1445
Email: david.miller@bridgew.edu

Dave grew up in Eldersburg, MD and has dreamed of flying since he was a child. He pursued his dreams and attended Daniel Webster College in 2008. He joined Bridgewater State University Aviation in 2012 and hopes to help others pursue their dreams of flying. Dave is a diehard Baltimore sports fan. His goal is to one day fly for Southwest Airlines.

Mike Northcutt
CFII MEI
Aviation Training Center
Tel:
508.531.1445
Email: mnorthcutt@bridgew.edu

Mike has been flight instructing for Bridgewater State University Aviation since February 2009. A graduate of Bridgewater Aviation, he has been an enlisted member of the United States Air Force since 2004. Originally from Lake Charles, LA, Mike came to the Boston area in 2005. 

Chris Smith
Aviation Training Center
Tel:
508.531.1445
Email: christopher.smith@bridgew.edu

Chris has spent his entire life around aviation. A third-generation pilot, he could not escape the flying bug. Chris has experience from working as a lineman for General Aviation FBO to being a customer service performance supervisor for Delta Airlines. In 2009, he graduated from Daniel Webster College with a Bachelor of Aviation Science degree and a minor in business management. In June 2012, he joined the Bridgewater Aviation team as a Certified Flight Instructor. He is passionate about aviation and shares that passion with his students. His goal is to use his skill to benefit society whether it be carrying passengers for the airlines or for corporate travel.

James Zimmerman
CFII
Aviation Training Center
Tel:
508.531.1445
Email: james.zimmerman@bridgew.edu

James grew up in Branford, CT, with dreams of flying. He attended college for Mechanical Engineering at the University of Connecticut, but tranferred to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2007 where he double-majored in aerospace studies and aeronautics with minors in business administration, unmanned aerial systems, air traffic control and flight. James started instructing at Bridgewater Aviation in January 2012 and would like to become an air traffic controller at Boston's Logan Airport.

Staff
Greg Bongiorno
Program Manager
Harrington Hall, Room 111E
Tel:
508.531.2654
Email: gbongiorno@bridgew.edu

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
Tel:
508.531.1445
Email: loren.herren@bridgew.edu


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
Tel:
508.531.1445
Email: margarita.rivera@bridgew.edu

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.

Rachel Schelhorn
Dispatcher
Aviation Training Center
Tel:
508.531.1476
Email: rachel.schelhorn@bridgew.edu


Rachel grew up in Lebanon, CT and has had a passion for aviation for as long as she can remember. She began flight training out of Hartford/Brainard Airport in January of 2006 and received her private pilot certificate in August 2006. She attended Daniel Webster College in Nashua, NH and graduated in May 2010 with a Bachelors of Science in Aviation/Air Traffic Management. While in College, Rachel was a member and captain of the Division III NCAA Women's Soccer Team. Rachel is also a huge Boston Bruins and Red Sox fan. Eventually, Rachel will become an Air Traffic Controller for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Lisa Shaw
Administrative Assistant I
Harrington Hall, Room 111
Tel:
508.531.1779
Email: l1shaw@bridgew.edu

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
Tel:
508.531.2366
Administrative Assistant
Lisa Shaw
Tel:
508.531.1779
Associate Dean of Aviation
David G. Price
Tel:
508.531.6151
Program Manager
Greg Bongiorno
Tel:
508.531.2654
Administrative Assistant-Aviation Training Center
Margie Rivera
Tel:
508.531.1445

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
508.531.1779

Aviation Training Center
1852 Shawmut Avenue
North Dartmouth, MA 02747
Dispatch desk: 508.531.1476