Tahlia Fisher

Background

Tahlia graduated from the School of Aviation with a Bachelor of Aviation (Air Transport Pilot) and more recently with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Aviation. She currently works for Air New Zealand as a Senior Safety Specialist for Airline Operations and Safety.

Thesis Title

Cleared to Disconnect?  An Exploratory Study of the Interaction between Airline Pilots and Maintenance Engineers: Identification of barriers to Effective Interpersonal Communication and the Associated Impact on Airline Operations.

Supervisors

Research Interests/Area of Thesis

This study focuses on the relatively unexplored relationship between pilots and engineers. Historically, research has focused on intra-group communication between flight crew i.e. captain and first officer CRM, and inter-group communication studies tend to be conducted between pilots/cabin crew or pilots/ATC. This thesis utilises both qualitative and quantitative methods to analyze communication as well as wider social-psychological barriers between airline pilots and line maintenance engineers.

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