Dowling College

Shirley, New York


The first lesson you will learn at Dowling’s School of Aviation is that there are many exciting careers in aviation besides flying planes. Our graduates are intensely recruited because employers know they have a balanced liberal arts background as well as experience with the industry’s most advanced equipment.

The Dowling College School of Aviation is situated at Brookhaven Airport, which enables extensive flying opportunities not present at other collegiate aviation programs. Three Frasca flight simulators are available 24-7, and we maintain our own fleet of Piper aircraft.

Dowling is one of only 36 approved colleges & universities in the U.S. that participates in the AT-CTI program, providing students an opportunity to become Air Traffic Controllers

History: Founded in 1955 as a Suffolk county expansion of Adelphi University, Dowling acquired the William Vanderbilt estate, Idle Hour, in Oakdale in 1962. In 1968 the College became independent of Adelphi and was renamed after its then principal benefactor, Robert Dowling, a noted city planner and aviator.

Location: The Rudolph Campus on the waterfront Vanderbilt estate in Oakdale is located on the South shore of Long Island just north of Fire Island and west of the Hamptons. Manhattan is accessible via the nearby Oakdale station of the Long Island railroad, a daily commuter stop. Dowling’s Brookhaven campus is 18 miles east on the William Floyd Parkway in Shirley. Free shuttle bus service between campuses. Selected courses are offered at the Melville Center.

Aviation Training Facilities


Flight School - Fixed WingAviation Degree ProgramsAir Traffic Control School

Programs & Courses

Private Pilot LicenseCommercial Pilot LicenseInstrument Rating (IR)Multi-Engine Rating
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Brookhaven Airport
Shirley, NY 11967
United States

+1 (631) 244-1314

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