Mr Jonathan Pugh

Job: Researcher in Aeronautics & Lecturer in Aviation Human Factors

Faculty: Computing, Engineering and Media

School/department: School of Engineering and Sustainable Development

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

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Personal profile

Experienced commercial airline captain (Airbus A330) with a background in Air and Space Law and Computational Physics. Currently contributing to a major international project, SafeMode, in which DMU is a critical academic partner. Providing consultancy on all aspects of flight operations to DMU to facilitate their role within the SafeMode project. This involves liaising with inter-disciplinary teams comprising, engineers, physicists, psychologists, air traffic controllers, pilots and regulators.

Part-time lecturer in Human Factors and Flight Safety on the BEng/MEng in Aeronautical Engineering.

Research interests/expertise

Investigation and prevention of Loss of Control Inflight (LOC-I). Combining operational experience as a commercial long-haul airline captain with academic experience in computational modelling. Adept at using simulation to design experimental trials of pilot procedures.

Areas of teaching

Aviation Human Factors and Flight Safety


  • MSc Astrophysics, Liverpool John Moores University
  • BSc (Hons) Physical Science, Open Universtiy
  • LL.M. Public International Law, University of Nottingham
  • LL.B. (Hons) Law, De Montfort University

Courses taught

BEng Aeronautical Engineering

Membership of external committees

  • Guest member of the Flight Operations Group of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Representing the views and interests of all those involved in flight operations.
  • Secretary of the Physics Communicators Group of the Institute of Physics (IOP). November 2019 to November 2023. Promoting science communication, leadership, diversity and inclusion within the physics community and through public outreach

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society (MRAeS)
  • Professional Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Member of the Institute of Physics (MInstP)
  • Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET)

Professional licences and certificates

Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL), United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority.


SafeMode wake vortex alerting in cruise phase of flight. European project lead by Eurocontrol. DMU are a major partner contributing in the area of non-linear flight dynamical models and flight operations.