The School of Aviation conducts and supervises research in many different areas of aviation. Our staff and postgraduate students present their findings at domestic and international conferences and publish articles in leading journals.

Research topics

Recent or current research topics include:

  • Decision-making
  • Low-cost flight training devices (including building one with a motion platform)
  • Mild-hypoxia
  • Industrial relations
  • Alternative aviation fuels
  • Modelling airport efficiency
  • Modelling performance of airline alliances
  • Investigating non-technical skills of pilots
  • iPads as electronic flight bags
  • Performance of NZ airports
  • Predicting airport reviews
  • Flight crew and engineer interactions during line maintenance and hand-overs
  • Employees' intentions to report safety concerns
  • Perceived invulnerability in pilots and air traffic controllers
  • Flight from VFR into IMC
  • Effect of caffeinated drinks on student pilots
  • Hypo-hydration in pilots and air traffic controllers.

Find out more about the specific research interests/publications/supervisory experience of individual staff members, and find their contact details.

Research degrees

The School of Aviation offers multiple options for research degrees at PhD level.


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