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, scientists, doctors, experts, lawyers and unions on the bleed air topic. She was awarded a top MSc academic award in 2017 for her work on how oil leaks past seals in turbine engines. She holds NEBOSH and COSHH qualifications in health and safety and the use of hazardous substances and is a member of IOSH and the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM).
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
ISABE - International Society of Air Breathing Engines International conference, Canberra, Australia (2019)
International Aircraft Cabin Air Conference, Imperial College London (2019)
Combustion and Aerosols Society conference, Cambridge University (2019)
Iceland Flight Safety Symposium, Reykjavik, Iceland (April, 2018)
SAE - AC9: Environmental Control Systems: Fort Walton Beach (2018)
International Fluids & Sealing Conference (2018)
International Conference on Occupational Health - ICOH/Accident prevention (2018)
International Aircraft Cabin Air Conference, Imperial College London (2017)
International Conference on Occupational Health - ICOH/Epidemiology (2016)
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)
Michaelis, S. (2010) "Health and Flight Safety Implications from Exposure to Contaminated Air in Aircraft", UNSW, Australia UNSW PhD
MSc (2016) Cranfield University Course Director’s top MSc student award, June 2017
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
Michaelis, S. (2011) PhD Thesis - "Health and Flight Safety Implications from Exposure to Contaminated Air in Aircraft ". ISBN: 978-0- 95-554377-7
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Michaelis, S. (2007) "Aviation Contaminated Air Reference Manual". ISBN 9780955567209
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Michaelis S (2019) Bearing chamber sealing and the use of aircraft bleed air. ISABE. International Air Breathing Engines Conference, Canberra, Australia. ISABE-2019-24043
Michaelis S, Morton J. (2019) Mechanisms and regulatory .implications of oil leakage into the cabin air supply. In Conference proceedings: 2017 International Aircraft Cabin Air Conference. Journal of Health and Pollution: December 2019, Vol. 9, No. 24, pp. S1-S142.
Michaelis S (2019) Case Study: BA 286 & BA 12. In Conference proceedings: 2017 International Aircraft Cabin Air Conference. Journal of Health and Pollution: December 2019, Vol. 9, No. 24, pp. S1-S142.
Watterson A, Michaelis S. (2019) Use of exposure standards in aviation. In Conference proceedings: 2017 International Aircraft Cabin Air Conference. Journal of Health and Pollution: December 2019, Vol. 9, No. 24, pp. S1-S142.
Watterson A, Michaelis S. (2019) Mind the gap? Identifying, managing and preventing some aircraft crew occupational health and safety / flight safety problems. In Conference proceedings: 2017 International Aircraft Cabin Air Conference. Journal of Health and Pollution: December 2019, Vol. 9, No. 24, pp. S1-S142.
Michaelis S (2019) EASA and FAA research findings and actions – Cabin air quality. In Conference proceedings: 2017 International Aircraft Cabin Air Conference. Journal of Health and Pollution: December 2019, Vol. 9, No. 24, pp. S1-S142.
Michaelis, S. (2018) Aircraft Clean Air Requirements Using Bleed Air Systems. Engineering, 10, 142-172.
Michaelis S. (2018) 1718c. Aerotoxic syndrome: a new occupational disease? Abstract: Presentation at ICOH- International Congress on Occupational health, Dublin, May 2018. Occup Environ Med 2018;75:A15
Michaelis, S. (2018) An update on aircraft oil bearing chamber sealing Sealing Technology, March 2018.
Michaelis S. (2018) Bearing chamber sealing and the use of aircraft bleed air. Published and Presented at BHR Group’s 24th International Conference on Fluid Sealing, 7 – 8 March 2018; Manchester, UK
Howard CV, Johnson DW, Morton J, Michaelis S, Supplee D, et al. (2018) Is a Cumulative Exposure to a Background Aerosol of Nanoparticles Part of the Causal Mechanism of Aerotoxic Syndrome? J Nanomed Nanosci: JNAN-139.
CV Howard, S Michaelis, A Watterson. (2017) The Aetiology of ‘Aerotoxic Syndrome’- A Toxico-Pathological Viewpoint. Open Acc J of Toxicol. 2017;1(5): 555575
Michaelis, S et al (2017) Aerotoxic Syndrome: A New Occupational Disease - Public Health Panorama, World Health Organization. Volume 3, Issue 2, June 2017
Michaelis, S., Burdon, J., Howard, CV (2016) Poster. Aerotoxic Syndrome: A New Occupational Disease?. Ramazzini Days, Carpi, October, 2016
Michaelis, S. (2016) O27-3. Aerotoxic syndrome – fact or fallacy? Abstract: Presentation: ICOH: Epidemiology. Barcelona, August 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)
Australia: The Saturday paper; The New Daily
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
France 2 Television; Zembla, Reuters; Al Jazerra; Zembla; Vrij Nederland; CNN; NRC Handelsblad; Rossia 2; New Zealand Herald; Teknisk Ukeblad; The Straits Times; Radio Europe Mediterraneo.
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)
MSc (2016) Cranfield University Course Director’s top MSc student award, June 2017
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
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.