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Michael  Canders - Farmingdale State College. Farmingdale, NY, US

Michael Canders Michael  Canders

Aviation Center Director, Associate Professor | Farmingdale State College

Farmingdale, NY, UNITED STATES

Dr. Canders is an airline transport pilot, commercial helicopter pilot, and drone pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours experience.



A decorated combat veteran, Dr. Canders combines a degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, 7 1/2 years as a Naval Officer and helicopter rescue pilot and another 8 1/2 years in Air Force service after 9/11, with both an MBA and PhD (in Applied Management and Decision Sciences) and more than 20 years as a business leader in senior leadership positions in high-technology corporations on Long Island.

Shortly after the September 11 attacks, Dr. Canders left a position as a vice president at global electronics manufacturer Telephonics Corporation to return to full-time service in the U.S. military, first as Wing Commander of the 106th Rescue Wing of the NY Air National Guard in Westhampton, NY, and then as Base Commander and top leader of U.S. Air Force 447th Expeditionary Group in Baghdad, Iraq.

Before his return to full-time military service, Dr. Canders spent 17 years in senior leadership positions in electronics manufacturing on Long Island. After his return to civilian life, Dr. Canders returned to Telephonics as President of the $221M Communications and Electronics Systems Division. He left his corporate career for teaching positions, first at St. Joseph's College and now at Farmingdale. Among other achievements, he served as a technical consultant and flew in the film, "The Perfect Storm."

Dr. Canders is an FAA-certified airline transport pilot (ATP), commercial helicopter pilot, remote (drone) pilot and airplane multiengine flight instructor (MEI). He is a former military instructor pilot and flight examiner, with 47 lives saved as a rescue pilot. He has been awarded the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Air Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and 19 other decorations. He is on the Board of Directors of the School Business Partnership of Long Island and serves on a Military Advisory Committee for First Data Corporation.





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Michael Canders, Colonel (ret.) USAF, discusses Bin Laden Mission


Areas of Expertise (5)

domestic and overseas military service

top-level organizational leadership

Airlines/aviation Business

Avionics Design and Manufacturing

Manned and Unmanned Aircraft Pilot

Industry Expertise (7)



Airport Services





Education (3)

Walden University : PhD, Applied Management and Decision Sciences

Hofstra University: MBA, Finance

Activities and Societies: Beta Gamma Sigma

United States Naval Academy: BS, Sciences

Activities and Societies: Varsity Lacrosse: Tied 6th, Navy's All-Time NCAA


Languages (1)

  • English



  • Keynote
  • Moderator
  • Panelist

Media Appearances (6)

New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing Welcomes New Commander

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Colonel Canders, a former naval aviator before leaving the Navy for service in the Air Force Reserve and New York Air National Guard, served in the Persian Gulf and Turkey during the 1990s, and took part in combat search and rescue missions in Iraq in 2003. He left his civilian career in 2002 to become a full-time Guardsman and commander of the 106th. In 2005 he led the 106th Rescue Wing to New Orleans, where its crews rescued 161 stranded citizens following Hurricane Katrina. His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, the Aerial Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf cluster, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Southwest Asia Service Medal and the Kuwait Liberation Medal.Colonel Canders is a graduate of Hofstra University, where he earned an MBA, and from Walden University in Minnesota, where he earned a PhD in management. His next assignment will be command of the 447th Air Expeditionary Group, at Sather base outside of Baghdad, Iraq.

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174th Fighter Wing Veteran To Lead Long Island Air Wing

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HANCOCK FIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, NY (08/13/2009)-- Col. Thomas Owens II, vice commander of the New York Air National Guard's 174th Fighter Wing, has been selected as the new commander of the 106th Rescue Wing, based at Gabreski Airport Air National Guard Base on Long Island. He will replace Col. Michael Canders, who has commanded the wing since 2002.

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Crash that sent pilot to closed runway prompts FAA changes

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Crash that sent pilot to closed runway prompts FAA changes

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Pilot in 2015 fatal crash directed by obsolete map, NTSB says

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Pilot in 2015 fatal crash directed by obsolete map, NTSB says

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FAA to require weekly map checks after fatal LI plane crash

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FAA to require weekly map checks after fatal LI plane crash

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Series Of Small Plane Crashes Prompt Schumer To Arrange Safety Seminar

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Series Of Small Plane Crashes Prompt Schumer To Arrange Safety Seminar

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Courses (4)

AVN 320 - Air Carrier Flight Operations

A study of the operational considerations and procedures of air carrier flight operations. Flight Operations conducted under 14CFR121 (Part121 air carriers) are highlighted. Also included are 14CFR135 (Part135) Air Carriers, supplemental air carriers and Operators of Large Aircraft flight operations.

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AVN 447- Capstone Professional Pilot Seminar

The Capstone Pro Pilot Seminar will be the culminating Upper Division experience in flight education for the Professional Pilot program. The seminar will require students to examine key aviation concepts presented in the Pro Pilot track and connect key learning objectives associated with these concepts to the skills necessary for success in the aviation industry as a pilot. Selected subject areas will include but not be limited to aviation safety, aviation law, crew resource management, safety ethics, physiology of flight, and aviation meteorology and how these relate to the requirements to be a certificated instrument-rated commercial pilot and fly as a certified flight instructor or a multiengine airplane pilot. Students will be required to complete comprehensive case studies of aviation accidents, present results to the seminar participants and lead the case discussion.

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AVN 425- Safety of Flight

Safety of Flight is an essential course for students to understand the principles and regulatory practices of commercial aviation safety in the United States and worldwide community in the 21st century. It includes an examination of aircraft accidents, the respective roles of the FAA and NTSB, human factors in aviation safety, air traffic safety systems, and introduction to Safety Management Systems (SMS). The student will obtain the necessary safety of flight knowledge to be able to effectively work in the aviation industry.

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AVN 400- Aviation Law

Aviation Law develops the student's knowledge to the application level of learning by emphasis on real cases to demonstrate the legal, regulatory and government theory previously discussed in AVN 101and AVN 300. Emphasis will be on the FAA's roles in regulating aviation including the rule making process, certification of airmen, medical certification and enforcement.

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