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Academic staff

Name
Position
Contact
Location
Dr Tommy Cheung
Senior Lecturer; Aviation Postgraduate Course Director

+61 3 9214 8527 

tommycheung@swinburne.edu.au

 
Dr Matt Ebbatson
Senior Lecturer; Aviation Undergraduate Course Director

+61 3 9214 8508

mebbatson@swinburne.edu.au

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Professor Zheng Lei
Department Chair

+61 3 9214 3476

zlei@swinburne.edu.au

EN704
Dr Peter Renshaw Lecturer, Aviation prenshaw@swinburne.edu.au  
Yun Maung Lecturer, Aviation ymaung@swinburne.edu.au  

Course Advisory Committee

Name 
Title 
Organisation 
TBD (Chair) 
   
Mr Greg Fordham 
Director  
Airbiz Aviation Strategies  
Mr Peter Evans 
Senior Advisor  
Airservices Australia  
Mr Brent Hayward 
Managing Director  
Dedale Asia Pacific  
Dr Richard Batt  
Manager International  
Australian Transport Safety Bureau  
Mr Nigel Fanning  
Head of Commercial Australia and New Zealand  
Jetstar Airways  
Adrian Jakobovic 
Head of Operations Support 
Tiger Airways Australia  
Captain Adrian Young  
Head of Flying Operations and Chief Pilot 
Qantas Link Airways  
Ms Sarah Renner  
Executive General Manager-Aviation and Transport 
ISS Facility Services Australia 
Mr Darryl Gerlach 
Consultant & Advisor to Skytraders 
Skytraders  
Captain Steve Gist  
Manager Training and Checking, B737 
Qantas Airways  
Mr Mike Drinkall 
General Manager  
CAE Oxford Aviation Academy  
Captain Phil Elliot  
Director, Flight Operations  
AHK Air Hong Kong  
Captain Tegan Gray  
Chief Pilot and Head of Flying Operations 
Express Freighters Australia  
Mr Simon Gandy  
Chief of Aviation  
Melbourne Airport  
Mr Shane Carmody 
CEO and Director of Aviation Safety  
CASA  
Mr Paul Ferguson  
CEO Moorabbin Airport Corporation  
Australian Airports Association 

Latest news

    • Technology
    • Aviation

    Swinburne’s AIR Hub achieves hydrogen flight

    Swinburne University of Technology’s Aerostructures Innovation Research Hub (AIR Hub) has successfully completed the first flight of an Australian-developed hydrogen fuel cell electric powered VTOL drone. 

    Tuesday 24 October 2023
  • Man standing by prototype.
    • Aviation

    AIR Pass accelerating success for aerospace innovation

    Swinburne University’s AIR Pass program has accelerated Dovetail’s development and progressed its goal of accelerating decarbonisation in the aviation sector.

    Wednesday 16 August 2023
  • People working in the AIR Hub on the quad-copter
    • University
    • Aviation

    New AIR Hub partnership driving innovation and industry engagement

    Swinburne’s Aerostructures Innovation Research (AIR) Hub has partnered with the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute’s (ASMI’s) APR.Intern program to increase uptake in aerospace PhD internship projects by mid 2024. 

    Thursday 27 April 2023
  • Hydrogen-powered drone/quadcopter on display at the Avalon International Airshow
    • Technology
    • Aviation
    • Engineering

    Swinburne on show at Avalon

    Swinburne’s capabilities in astrophysics, aerospace, aviation, engineering, advanced manufacturing and artificial intelligence were on display at the 2023 Avalon International Airshow.

    Monday 06 March 2023
  • eight planes flying in formation with cloud backdrop
    • Aviation

    AIR Hub welcomes Victorian Government focus on advanced air mobility

    AIR Hub is committed to advancing AAM and realising the benefits for the community and industry in Victoria.

    Wednesday 01 March 2023

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