Our research

The UNSW School of Aviation leads the industry in research and development.

Man in flight simulator cockpit talking to woman sitting next to him

Our research makes a real difference in aviation by bringing together the field’s best minds to innovate and collaborate on important issues such as safety, efficiency, policy and the rising need to address sustainability.

Together, this global community of researchers are solving some of the industry’s greatest challenges and building a brighter future.

Education focused

Educating the next generation of aviation researchers and industry leaders.

Industry connected

Unmatched industry relationships providing the best opportunities for our researchers and students.

World-class specialised equipment

We own and operate aviation specialised research equipment including drones, LiDAR aeroplanes, a car and multiple simulators.

Research strengths

Our research strengths cover sustainability, fatigue, ground operations, telemetry, baggage handling, safety and risk management, human factors, investigations, finance, aviation law and more.


Our experienced supervisors cover a broad range of subject areas across the field of aviation. Find a researcher to supervise your research. 



We bring together experts from complementary disciplines to tailor our consulting to individual client needs. Find out more about the range of services we provide to support industry, from short-term consultancy to longer-term contract research.


Our list of publications covers important research and analysis from current and former members of the school. Learn more about our history of publication and development.

TARS centre

Transport and Road Safety (TARS) Research capitalises on the strong research synergies in human factors and transport safety conducted between our research team and fellow researchers in aviation.
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