Researcher

Professor Jason Harry Falla Middleton

My Expertise

Aviation; meteorology; oceanography; environmental fluid dynamics, airborne remote sensing

Field of Research (FoR)

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Biography

ABOUT ME

 

Biography

Professor Middleton was appointed to the position of Head, School of Aviation in 1995, and was responsible for overall management and performance of the School until 2017. The School of Aviation is now the largest of its kind in Australia.

Jason also holds a Commercial Pilot License. While completing a PhD in environmental fluid dynamics, he worked as a charter pilot taking passengers and freight across Bass Strait from...view more

ABOUT ME

 

Biography

Professor Middleton was appointed to the position of Head, School of Aviation in 1995, and was responsible for overall management and performance of the School until 2017. The School of Aviation is now the largest of its kind in Australia.

Jason also holds a Commercial Pilot License. While completing a PhD in environmental fluid dynamics, he worked as a charter pilot taking passengers and freight across Bass Strait from Victoria to King Island. Later he flew in the United states and Canada. His principal expertise is in environmental fluid dynamics and he has published extensively in coastal oceanography and aviation meteorology. He continues to fly to obtain airborne data in support of local marine and terrestrial research. Jason’s area of consulting expertise is dispersion in environmental flows, coastal oceanography, aviation meteorology, aviation safety, and airborne remote sensing.

Education

  • BSc (Hons), PhD (Monash)

 

RESEARCH

 

Research Goals

Professor Middleton has continued research as an oceanographer and simultaneously developed research in aviation meteorology, seabreezes and now airborne remote sensing.

Research in Detail

Jason Middleton's area of interest is in environmental fluid dynamics, including coastal oceanography and aviation meteorology. In the past Professor Middleton has also undertaken research into sea-breezes, microbursts, wind gusts and iin wake flows arising from natural objects in wind and ocean current streams. In the Aviation context, wakes have been a significant contributory factor in a number of aircraft accidents. He is presently working on projects utilising airborne Lidar to create topographic images of the coastal zone in areas such as Lady Elliot Island and the beaches of NSW. The latter work is being undertaken in conjunction with coastal engineers and environmentalists.

Student Projects (PhD and Honours)

PhD Completed

  • Frames in the flight deck: a sociological approach to situation awareness - Capt./Dr Simon Henderson

The aim of this research is to develop an alternative, sociologically based approach, largely drawn from Erving Goffman's (1974) Frame Analysis, and assess whether it can be used to effectively describe, analyse and discuss SA. This work establishes that Goffman's (1974) frame analysis theoretically supports the major underlying concepts of the SA construct. SA is shown to be a meaningful and observable social phenomenon. Additionally, a method derived from frame analysis is used to examine and analyse the observed intersubjective SA processes. Lastly, practitioner based notions of SA are shown to be equivalent to that of "frame".

  • Observations of cosmic ray exposure levels in the higher southern latitudes and validation of predictive computer models - Capt./Dr Ian Getley

Aircrew and passengers are subject to cosmic rays which have a higher intensity at altitude than at the earth's surface. In the Southern hemisphere in the Australian sector, the proximity of the South Magnetic Pole means that cosmic ray intensity is higher than elsewhere around the world. This project aims to measure cosmic ray intensity during a number of southern hemisphere flights where data is non-existent, and to compare the data with predictive computer programs

 

PhD Current

  • Determining the value of airport weather forecasts to pilots - David Wilson
  • Investigating civil aviation safety in Indonesia - Agus Pramono

 

Honours

  • Unruly passenger behaviour onboard aircraft - Sarah McGuigan
  • A comparison of direct and indirect long-range air travel - Matthew Dunn

Supervision Opportunities/Areas

Contact Professor Middleton to find out more about supervision opportunities in his area

Advice for prospective students

Leadership skills need to encompass a wide range of issues. These include communication, team building within the organisation, visionary strategy at corporate governance level, intelligent and analytical strategic and tactical decision making at operational level, and day-to-day operational efficiency. You should choose an environment that has a focus on combining leading research, world-class facilities, practical teaching and partnerships with major carriers to ensure you are ready to take on global opportunities within the sector.

 

TEACHING & OUTREACH

 Professor Middleton is the coordinator of the postgraduate Course AVIA5020 Research Project, which is offered as a final element of the Master of Aviation Management.

 

Professional affiliations and service positions

Formerly: Head of School of Aviation.

The School of Aviation provides a range of services to support industry, ranging from short-term consultancy to longer-term contract research. The School is also able to provide tailored short-courses either specifically for an individual client's needs, or within the scope of the MScTech (Aviation) Program. 

 

Professor Middleton is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAeS), and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales (FRSN).

 

Professor Middleton was an Advisory Board Member of the Integrated Marine Observing System  (IMOS) from its inception in 2007 to 2014.

 

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Location

Room 205
Old Main Building
Lower Campus
UNSW
Anzac Parade, Kensington 2052

Contact

+61 2 9385 6747
+61 2 9385 6637

Publications

by Professor Jason Harry Falla Middleton