School of Aviation

Capt/Dr Ian Getley

Mr. Ian Getley

MScTech (Aviation) (UNSW), PhD (UNSW)

Visiting Fellow

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 UNSW Aviation, The University of NSW, Sydney NSW 2052

Ian completed his Phd in 2007, graduating in May 2008. His research involves Space Weather measurements in Cosmic and Solar radiation events, with six published papers in internationally recognized science journals and a new paper about to be published.

Ian has over 38 years of experience in the Aviation industry beginning with the Royal Australian Air Force as a transport pilot and flying instructor after having graduated from the Royal Australian Airforce Academy ,1971, with a BSc (Phys).

Ian is currently a Boeing 747-400 captain with Qantas Airways with whom he has been employed for the last 29 years. He is also the current Regional Vice President for the International Pilots Association (IFALPA) attending International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) meetings on a regular basis.

He is currently assessing newly designed radiation monitors for use by aircrew and airlines and is actively working with the major airline manufacturers to incorporate such devices in to NextGen aircraft.

Ian was interviewed by Ernie Tretkoff of the American Geophysical Union. This interview titled Monitoring Radiation on Commercial Flights: An interview with Captain Ian Getley is published in Space Weather, Volume 7, S11001, doi:10.1029/2009SW000535 (20 November 2009).
In this interview, Ian describes his experience measuring cosmic and solar particle radiation on commercial aircraft and his recent work developing a new radiation monitor that will allow pilots to respond in flight to solar events.
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