I just graduated from Dowling College in May 2009 with a degree in Aeronautics. I also completed the flight training and CTI program there. I am currently in the MBA program at Dowling for Aviation Management. I would have to comment on the previous post and say that in the past there have been flight school management issues, but I can say with a great deal of accuracy that it has changed alot since 2007 for the better. I enjoyed my time at the school and am grateful for the opportunities I were given.
The ATC simulation lab is, to say the least, insane. It is a fantastic tool that the school has. It is a multi-million dollar virtual simulation built in whole by Raytheon Corporation and has all of the main functions of the NAS including Center, Tracon, and Tower (which in include Flight Data and ground control). It also has a psuedo-pilot part where fellow classmates operate the aircraft that the Air traffic controller positions are handling. The lab is taught by three professors (two of which are retired controllers -JFK & SYC). I had a alot of fun in this lab and learned a about a career that I had never before considered.
Some personnel from the OKC Training Facility came to speak to some of our CTI candidates and when the saw the lab, they were very impressed.
It is a great place to train and I would recommend it to anyone. Just understand that the school is not without its problems, just like every other flight school. There is no perfect school. Flight school management is a problem at all schools. For one, retention of employees is low, because no one wants to be a career flight instructor. Once they "buy there time" they are off to the airlines. The cost of maintenance of aircraft plus high insurance costs make it difficult to operate. I can say this however, Dowling has the newest and cleanest fleet in the Northeast. The maintenance department at Dowling is top notch and they do an excellent job at keeping the aircraft flying safely. Dowling is one of the fastest growing flight schools.
Also, I have to say a congratulations to the recently resurrected Dowling College Flying Lions Flight Team that placed 1st overall (and 1st in Flight and Ground Events) in the 2009 Region VII SAFECON competition from NIFA!!!!
Overall I had a great time there and would recommend Dowling to anyone.
I hope my review is helpful to those trying to decide.