Dr Mike Bromfield

Mike Bromfield is a Flight Safety Researcher within the Centre for Mobility & Transport, a Senior Lecturer in Aerospace in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace & Automotive Engineering and a Fellow of The Royal Aeronautical Society and Member of The American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics and The Society of Flight Test Engineers. Mike currently divides his time between research, consultancy activities and teaching (aviation safety, flight dynamics and flight test at undergraduate and post-graduate levels). Mike is a Chartered Engineer and a trained flight test engineer. He is a Member of The Royal Aeronautical Society, The American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics and The Society of Flight Test Engineers. Mike was recently awarded the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Bronze Medal for a ‘Best Written Journal Paper’ in 2014. The same year he was also awarded the ‘Pete Clark Award’ by the UK Light Aircraft Association for his contribution to aviation safety. Mike is a private pilot and holds UK and Australian PPL (A) licences.

Mike’s current research activities involve the investigation of significant safety events such as In-flight Loss of Control (LoC-I) and the application of low cost technologies to support flight data monitoring  –  the proactive use of flight data for continuous safety improvement. In his work, he makes extensive use of flight testing, flight data monitoring and flight simulation/modelling.

Prior to joining Coventry University, Mike won a Thomas Gerald Gray Charitable Trust PhD Scholarship to study at Brunel University where he also became a part-time lecturer in Aerospace. He was active in LoC-I research with particular interests in pilot workload and performance related to aircraft flying qualities. Mike was involved in industry-driven collaborative research into stall/spin accidents. His teaching commitments included contributions to BEng. and MSc. programmes including aviation safety, flight testing and flight simulation.

Prior to joining Brunel University, Mike was principal of a flight simulation & training company in Australia. He has also held systems and technology roles working with Westland Helicopters, BAe Systems and other global multi-nationals.

  • Bromfield, M.A., and Dillman, B.G. (2015) 'The Effects of Angle of Attack on Pilot Performance & Workload’. Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE) Conference. Held 26-30 July 2015 in Las Vegas, USA.
  • Bromfield, M.A. (2015) 'The Effects of Stick Force Gradient on Pilot Mental Demand’. American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference. Held 5-9 January 2015 in Kissimmee, Florida, USA.
  • Bromfield, M.A. (2014) 'An Innovative Approach to Flight Testing Using Digital Multimedia'. Proceedings of the 25th European Symposium – Society of Flight Test Engineers. '25th European Symposium – Society of Flight Test Engineers'. Held 15-18 June 2014 in Lulea, Sweden.
  • Gratton, G.B., Hoff, R.I., Bromfield, M.A., and Williams, S. (2014) 'Evaluating a Set of Stall Recovery Actions for Single Engine Light Aeroplanes'. Aeronautical Journal 116 (1203), 461-484.
  • Bromfield, M.A., and Jones, C. (2013), 'An Innovative Approach to Flight Dynamics and Flight Test Education Using Digital Media Technologies'. Proceedings of the Flight Simulation Group Conference on the Digital Media Technologies, 'Flight Simulation Group Conference on the Digital Media Technologies'. Held 20 November 2013 in London, UK. New York: Curran Associates, 117-125.
  • Bromfield, M.A. (2013) 'Flight Testing in a University Environment- Challenges and Lessons Learned'. Proceedings of the 24th European Symposium – Society of Flight Test Engineers, '24th European Symposium – Society of Flight Test Engineers'. Held 11-13 June 2013 at the German Aerospace Center ( DLR ) in Braunschweig, Germany.
  • Bromfield, M.A., and Gratton, G.B. (2012) 'Factors Affecting the Apparent Longitudinal Stick-free Static Stability of a Typical High-wing Light Aeroplane'. Aeronautical Journal, 116 (1179), 467-499.
  • Bromfield, M.A., Gratton, G.B., and Young, M.S. (2011) 'Loss of Control of Light Aircraft- Using Flight Test to Unlock the Mystery?'. Proceedings of the 22nd European Symposium – Society of Flight Test Engineers, '22nd European Symposium – Society of Flight Test Engineers'. Held 14-16 June 2011 in Toulouse, France.
  • Bromfield, M.A., Gratton, G.B., and Young, M.S. (2011) 'Using Flight Simulation to Investigate Factors Affecting Loss of Control of Light Aircraft'. Proceedings of the Flight Simulation Group Conference on the Contribution of Flight Simulation to Aviation Safety, 'Flight Simulation Group Conference on the Contribution of Flight Simulation to Aviation Safety'. Held 9-10 November 2011 in London, UK.
  • Bromfield, M.A., Gratton, G.B., and Young, M.S. (2010) 'Investigating Loss of Control in the UK General Aviation'. Proceedings of the Flight Operations Group Safety Conference, 'Flight Operations Group Safety Conference'. Held 19 Oct 2010 in London, UK.
  • The Evaluation of COTS Flight Data Monitoring Solutions for Corporate Aviation (Phase 1). Worldwide fatal accident rates for the period 2003-2011 for corporate jets were nearly four times that for commercial passenger jets. Flight data monitoring or FDM (the collection of real-time flight data) is routinely used by commercial airlines to enhance flight safety however the take-up in corporate aviation has been limited due to the variation of aircraft in the fleet, cost & available technologies. Access to flight data assists in identifying causal and contributory factors leading to safety events. FDM facilitates the assurance of operational standards, traceable feedback into training & continuous improvement, supports safety management systems and a reporting culture to reduce risks.
  • Future Flight Deck. Project to develop innovative flight deck technologies and flight deck concepts for commercial aircraft.
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