Dr Rob Hunter

Rob Hunter is a commercial pilot and specialist in aviation medicine. Since 2011, he has been BALPA’s Head of Flight Safety, overseeing a team of flight safety specialists, including rostering, human factors and bio-mathematical experts, all of whom work towards BALPA’s purpose of ‘making every flight a safe flight’.

Rob’s aviation background has seen him hold positions such as UK Transport Safety Commissioner and senior manager at the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). He is also a qualified pilot having flown Boeing 757 and 767 and Airbus A320 types. His medical experience includes his work as a general practitioner before applying this to the aviation field through his positions as Consultant Occupational Physician well as Aviation Medical Examiner for the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Transport Canada, and South African CAA.

Rob has a special interest in pilot fatigue, where he works closely with his team on various avenues of work looking at pilot rosters and lifestyle, as well as the science behind ‘how tired is too tired?’

Qualifications: MB BS BSc MSc (Radiation Biology) GP(T) MFOM DAvMed