Graham HuntHead of Asia
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Unversity
Professor Graham Hunt began his career in the New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) and was awarded a Defence Doctoral Scholarship to the US. He studied at the University of Pittsburgh and at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Human Factors laboratory), where he discovered aviation human factors and gained his Ph.D In 1990 he was appointed founding professor of Aviation Human Factors and Head of the School of Aviation at Massey University. In this position he led a research program for the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand (CAANZ) to design a competency-based Commercial Pilot License (CPL). This led to the implementation of the world’s first integrated academic and professional certification airline pilot degree - the Bachelor of Aviation Air Transport Pilot. This achievement was recognized by ICAO as an alternative means of compliance for the CPL. Later, he was invited to join ICAO’s Flight Crew Licensing and Training Panel (FCLTP) in Montreal which eventually produced the competency-based Multi-crew Pilot License (MPL).
Professor Hunt led a number of flight crew research projects with Asian airlines where senior aviation students flew as first officers across the airlines’ network. He has been significantly involved in instructional systems design especially the differentiation between online and face-to-face instructon.
In 2009 Professor Hunt joined Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) and was appointed Head of Asia based in Singapore. As well as his administrative role with ERAU, Professor Hunt continues to teach human factors and safety management courses. He is currently a member of the ICAO’s International Pilot Training Consortium (IPTC) Pilot Competencies Workstream. His passion for understanding how human competency can be identified, trained for and assessed remains a key focus of his professional interests.
Professor Hunt travels extensively throughout Asia, especially to Malaysia, China and Indonesia. He is the co-founder with Dr. Richard Jensen of the International Journal of Aviation Psychology, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a past president of the New Zealand Division.