Professional

Dr. Susan Michaelis is a former Australian flight instructor and airline transport (ATPL) pilot with over 5000 flying hours, now recognised as a leading global aviation health and safety consultant and PhD researcher in the field of aircraft contaminated air supplies and hazardous substances. UK based Dr. Michaelis, holds an MSc in air safety and accident investigation and is a qualified air accident investigator and has widely briefed industry, governments, military, regulators, academics, experts, lawyers and unions on the bleed air topic. She holds NEBOSH and COSHH qualifications in health and safety and the use of hazardous substances and is a member of IOSH.

Education and Affiliations

  • PhD: Safety Science, UNSW, Australia - 'Health and Flight Safety Implications From Exposure to Contaminated Air in Aircraft' (2010)
  • MSc: Air Safety and Accident Investigation - Cranfield University, UK (2016)
  • Fundamentals of Accident Investigation: Applied Aircraft Accident Investigation, Cranfield University, UK (2011)
  • COSHH Assessor Training Course: (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) (2011)
  • NEBOSH: National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (2010)
  • B Bus (Marketing): Chisholm Institute of Technology, Victoria, Australia (1982)
  • Key presentations and public appearances

  • International Fluids & Sealing Conference (2013, 2016)
  • Electric and hybrid Aerospace Technology Symposium (2015)
  • VSP, Centre for Safety of Substances and Products, Holland (2014)
  • EU Commission: Occupational Diseases in the EU: New/Emerging Workplace Risks Conference (2013)
  • SAE: E 34 Propulsion Lubricants Committee (2013)
  • German Aerospace Society – DGLR/ HAW (2012)
  • NYF – Norwegian Occupation Hygienists Society Conference (2012)
  • Royal Aeronautical Society (2007, 2012)
  • ITCOBA: CAQ Workshop (2011)
  • German Bundestag: Expert witness (2011)
  • UK Air Safety Working Group/ PACTS (2011)
  • Aerospace Medical Association annual conference (2011)
  • Norwegian SAFE (Offshore Oil Workers Union) (2013, 2010, 2008)
  • OCCC – One World Alliance (2008)
  • CASA EPAAQ (2008)
  • IATA: Aviation Health Conference (2008)
  • ETF, GCAQE, Unions (2006 -2013)
  • ASD-STAN (2009, 2010)
  • Flight International: Crew Management Conference (2007)
  • PhD

  • Michaelis, S. (2010) "Health and Flight Safety Implications from Exposure to Contaminated Air in Aircraft", UNSW, Australia UNSW PHd
  • MSc

  • Michaelis, S. (2016) "Implementation Of The Requirements For The Provision Of Clean Air In Crew And Passenger Compartments Using The Aircraft Bleed Air System", Cranfield University, UK. Cranfield MSc Thesis
  • Books

  • Michaelis, S. (2011) PhD Thesis - "Health and Flight Safety Implications from Exposure to Contaminated Air in Aircraft ". ISBN: 978-0- 95-554377-7
    Available to purchase in hardback: (690 pages, 2kg) - £135 plus p&p - To request all inclusive quote email susan@susanmichaelis.com
  • Michaelis, S. (2007) "Aviation Contaminated Air Reference Manual". ISBN 9780955567209
    Available to purchase in hardback: (844 pages, 2kg) - £110 plus p&p - To request all inclusive quote email susan@susanmichaelis.com
  • Published papers:

  • Michaelis, S., Burdon, J., Howard, CV (2016) Poster. Aerotoxic Syndrome: A New Occupational Disease?. Ramazzini Days, Carpi, October, 2016
  • Michaelis, S. (2016) Oil bearing seals and aircraft cabin air contamination Sealing Technology. April 2016
  • Michaelis, S. (2014) Is it time to act? Journal of Biological Physics and Chemistry. 14 (2014) 133–135
  • Michaelis, S. (2012) Contaminated aircraft cabin air. Journal of Biological Physics and Chemistry. Vol. 11 No 4 12/2011. pp 132-145
  • Murawski, J., Michaelis, S. (2011) A critique of recent air sampling data collected on aircraft: how much exposure to neurotoxic fumes is acceptable? Journal of Biological Physics and Chemistry. Vol. 11 No 4 12/2011. pp 147-151
  • Michaelis, S., Winder, C. et al. (2008) Critique of the UK committee on toxicity report on exposure to oil contaminated air on commercial aircraft and pilot ill health.
  • Michaelis, S., Loraine, T. (2005) Aircraft cabin filtration and related technologies: Requirements, present practice and prospects. In: Hocking, M., editor, Air Quality in Airplane Cabins and Similar Enclosed Spaces. Handbook of Environmental Chemistry 4: 267-289
  • Best, R., Michaelis, S. (2005) Aircraft air quality malfunction incidents: Design frequency and severity of toxic effects. In: Hocking, M., editor, Air Quality in Airplane Cabins and Similar Enclosed Spaces. Handbook of Environmental Chemistry 4: 249-266
  • Winder, C., Michaelis, S. (2005) Crew effects from toxic exposures on Aircraft. In: Hocking, M., editor, Air quality in airplane cabins and similar enclosed spaces. Handbook of Environmental Chemistry 4: 229-248
  • Winder, C., Michaelis, S. (2005) Aircraft air quality malfunction incidents: Causation, regulatory, reporting and rates. In: Hocking, M., editor, Air quality in airplane cabins and similar enclosed spaces. Handbook of Environmental Chemistry 4: 211-228
  • Michaelis, S. (2003) A survey of health symptoms in BALPA Boeing 757 pilots. The Journal of Occupational Health and Safety; Australia and New Zealand 19: 253-261
  • Cox, L., Michaelis, S. (2002) A survey of health symptoms in BAe 146 pilots. The Journal of Occupational Health and Safety; Australia and New Zealand 18: 305-312
  • Michaelis, S. (2002) Editorial Aircraft cabin fumes : An aviation safety issue, Journal of Occupational Health & Safety, Australia & New Zealand, Vol 18, Number 4 ,August 2002
  • Aviation Media Interviews (limited selection)

  • ABC News/ Radio, 7.30 report; SBS News; Sky News; Sunday; Sunday Night; 60 Minutes; Sun Herald; Daily Telegraph; The Australian; The Age; SMH – Australia
  • Daily/Sunday Mail; Daily/Sunday Express; Daily/Sunday Telegraph; BBC Breakfast; BBC News; ITV News; Flight Global; Press Assoc; Private Eye; Business Traveller; Skyport; New Scientist; BBC World Service; Sky News; The Guardian
  • Die Welt; Der Spiegel; Focus; RTL German TV; Cicero; Aero TELEGRAPH; ZDF
  • Dagbladet; Stavanger Aftenblad; NRK
  • NY Times; MSNBC news; Aero Safety World; NBC News
  • Reuters; Al Jazerra; Zembla; Vrij Nederland; CNN; NRC Handelsblad; Rossia 2; New Zealand Herald; Teknisk Ukeblad; The Straits Times; Radio Europe Mediterraneo.
  • Aviation Employment

  • 2011 to Present: Aviation Health & Safety Consultant, Michaelis Aviation Consulting. Utilising Dr. Michaelis’s unique expertise, she has developed a global reputation as a leading expert in the field of aircraft contaminated air. Susan has undertaken consultancy and provided support for oil manufacturers, offshore oil industry operators, worker unions and associations, EU Commission, governments, NASA, military, airlines, manufacturers, suppliers, EASA, regulators, accident investigation bureaus, flight safety organisations, media, legal, medical, scientists, academics and others.
  • 2007 – 2011: Aviation Contaminated Air Consultant
  • 2006 – 2016: Head of Research, GCAQE- Global Cabin Air Quality Executive – voluntary/ p/t (2013 – 2016)
  • 1989 – 1997: ATPL pilot, Australia (medically retired 1999)
  • Awards

  • CAA Sir Donald Anderson Memorial Trophy, 1988: Awarded by CAA (CASA) for academic merit towards gaining CPL.
  • Certificates and Ratings

  • Airline Transport Pilot: ATPL. Type Ratings: BAe 146: BA31

  • Mission

    After ceasing flying in 1997 on medical grounds and having undertaken almost 20 years research in advancing aviation safety, Susan has simply sought to stop the incidents becoming accidents.

    Susan’s commitment to really advancing aviation safety is based upon listening to the people and reviewing the evidence factually to look at the small but important issues that all too often are overlooked.

    It has been this two decade quest to improve flight safety that has demonstrated Susan’s commitment to the highest flight safety standards on a global scale.