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Dowling College School of Aviation Reunites with Mid Island Air Service Corporation

Strategic Relationship Will Increase Flight Training Opportunities & Institute Savings for Aviation Student

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Oakdale, NY-Dowling College School of Aviation will re-establish its relationship with Mid Island Air Service, Inc. to provide extended services at its Brookhaven campus. In an announcement made today by incoming President Dr. Jeremy D. Brown, the college will offer increased opportunities for flight training on a broader range of aircraft at a direct lower cost to students.

"Dowling College looks to expand our flight training offerings and increase enrollment, while reducing flight training hourly costs by 30 percent-a direct savings for our students. By re-instituting a more than 23-year relationship with Mid Island Air Service and the Mancuso family, we will provide increased flight training opportunities with an expanded and diversified fleet of aircraft at a significant savings," said Brown. "The balance of aeronautics training with a liberal arts education empowers our graduates to pursue successful careers in the aviation industry," he added.

"This will be a seamless transition. Students in the flight training portion of the aviation program will continue to train within our state-of-the-art facility. In addition, they'll have the opportunity to receive first-hand experience on a greater variety of aircraft which will better prepare them to pursue a career in aviation," said Tom Daly, Dowling College School of Aviation, director of academic and flight training programs.

Mid Island Air Service is one of the oldest continuously operating flight schools in the United States. Former U.S. Army Air Corps Lieutenant Louis Mancuso, from Bethpage, founded the Deer Park Airport and established Mid Island Air Service at his airport in 1946.

The family tradition continues through his children, Louis Mancuso Jr., serving as president; Gail Mancuso Jensen as vice president; as well as grandson, Michael Mancuso, a former member of the prestigious Northern Lights Aerobatic Team; and Partner, Vincent Basile.

Louis Mancuso Jr., a 1992 MBA Graduate of Dowling College and a flight instructor at Mid Island Air Service, continues the family legacy. "I am excited to partner with Dowling College in the mission of teaching students to become knowledgeable, safe pilots," said Mancuso.

Dowling's aviation management and aerospace systems technology degree programs are geared toward providing students with the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to become leaders in tomorrow's wide array of job opportunities within the aviation industry. Students that are interested in pursuing flight training not only gain valuable knowledge from Dowling's management and technology majors, but they also gain in-depth flight related knowledge from progressively advancing courses outlined in Dowling's Professional Pilot and Executive Pilot minors. Flight students complement their talents by taking theory from the classroom into aircraft operated right outside the door of the Dowling College airport campus at Brookhaven. For those that wish to continue their higher education and seek a competitive edge in the aviation field, Dowling College's graduate degree in aviation management attracts industry leaders as well as Dowling graduates.

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