Visiting professor, Cranfield University

Guy Gratton is a chartered aeronautical and mechanical engineer, with extensive experience across aircraft design, certification, operations and testing. He also holds a Commercial Pilots Licence, with test pilot and instructor qualifications.

With a main role as Head of Airborne Science and Technology to the National Centre for Atmospheric Science, Guy is a also visiting professor at Cranfield University, and a visiting senior research fellow at Brunel University; at both he engages in research aimed to improve aviation safety in particular, and in media work to help the public understand news stories related to aviation safety.

He has particular expertise in departures from controlled flight, flight test technique development, and airborne research practices.

Building on an early professional career in military flight testing, then light and microlight aeroplane testing and certification, his PhD was in the development of flight test techniques.

Subsequently, research has covered a breadth of safety related issues, particularly: departures from controlled flight, development of flight test techniques, analysis of significant accidents, and some aspects of aircraft operational management, mainly from the perspectives of airborne research, or safety.


  • –present
    Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Brunel University London