The mission of the School of Aviation is to provide a liberal education leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in a variety of aviation disciplines. The degree programs prepare students for further research and study in management, technology, mathematics and for entry into commercial and military aviation, airports, air traffic control and other areas of the air transport and aerospace industry. Flight training courses lead to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Private and Commercial certificates, the Instrument and Multi-engine ratings, the Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) certificate and CFI Instrument and CFI Multi-engine ratings. Students planning to become professional pilots should enroll in the Professional Pilot Minor and start flight training in their first semester. Students interested in non-professional flying are encouraged to enroll in the Executive Pilot Minor which leads to the FAA Private Pilot certificate with the Instrument rating. Students in the other Schools of Dowling College are encouraged to enroll in the Executive Pilot Minor. The School of Aviation participates in the FAA Air Traffic Control Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI) program which is the primary source for hiring air traffic controllers.