Welcome from the Head of School

Head of School

It is an absolute pleasure to welcome you to the School of Aviation. Aviation is a unique, exciting and rapidly changing industry that faces many different challenges on a day-to-day basis. These challenges come from various factors such as natural, economic, technical, organizational and human factors. The key to aviation’s sustainability and success is to be able to understand these challenges and develop solutions accordingly.

Here at the School of Aviation we offer a selection of degree programs and research capabilities to serve the aviation industry. We also provide consultancy and short courses in aviation related topics. Degree programs range from the Bachelor of Aviation in Flying or Management, to our postgraduate Aviation Management programs and Masters and Doctorate research programs. We deliver our own flying training under Civil Aviation Safety Regulation certification (CASR Parts 141/142) with single engine Diamond DA-40CS and twin engine Piper PA44 airplanes. In addition we operate three flight simulators. Flying training and airborne research is conducted from our Flying Operations Unit at Bankstown Airport. Our programs are designed with industry input to ensure industry relevance.

At the School of Aviation we have a strong and knowledgeable teaching and research team who are dedicated to providing the aviation industry with graduates of the highest caliber, and with relevant and current research. Our qualifications are recognized throughout the world as being of superior academic quality and industry relevance. Our team is made up from an impressive range of backgrounds, encompassing academics that are both current and recently-retired industry experts. In addition to their teaching and research duties, our staff hold and have held senior industry positions including Senior Management positions with Qantas, Airservices Australia, CASA, ATSB and the Federal Airports Corporation. The School of Aviation is committed to the high standards essential to the future of the aviation industry in Australia and throughout the world.

I highly recommend our programs and hope to be able to welcome you personally to the School of Aviation soon. I wish you every possible success in the program of your choice and for your future in the aviation industry.

Professor Gabriel Lodewijks
Head, School of Aviation
UNSW, Sydney