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Pitfield, David

Dr David Pitfield

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Educated at the University of Bristol and the University of Stirling. Employed by the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Edinburgh before joining Loughborough University as a Research Associate in 1974. Appointed Research Fellow 1975, Lecturer in 1978 and Senior Lecturer in 1990.

His research work in aircraft accidents has resulted in this work being chosen for that with the most proven impact with respect to the forthcoming REF from amongst all of his transport colleagues.

David Pitfield was invited to be witness in chief at the public enquiry on the expansion of London Ashford airport in May 2011. As a result, material was prepared for the inquiry: Aircraft Accident Modelling for Lydd Airport, Kent. Summary Proof of Evidence (LAAG/5/B), Ashford, May 2011. In addition an article was published in The Guardian, Risk of nuclear crash ‘higher than we think’, on Tuesday February 27th 2011, p.11, discussing Lydd Airport and quoting evidence to the public inquiry. (This can be found at http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/feb/21/nuclear-risk-plane-crashes).

Also arising from this work is an invited contribution to Significance, a magazine published on behalf of the Royal Statistical Society and the American Statistical Society, Dungeness airport expansion safety.March 2011.

More recently he was invited to be a member to the Technical Advisory Panel on Accidental Aircraft Crash Risk Assessment for the Office for Nuclear Regulation in the UK.

In addition a grant was obtained along with Mohammed Quddus to research the Estimation of a Risk Profile to Operatives and the Public from Motorway Hard Shoulder Incursions, EPSRC & Balfour Beatty, Capital, £124,528, October 2011- September 2015 as well as UK Highways Agency, Safety Strategy VI, with Mohammed Quddus, Monjur Mourshed and Julian Hill, Arup and URS, £120,000. May2012 -

Professional Affiliations

Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Member, Regional Science Association International
Associate Adviser, The British Council

External Activities

Executive Committee of British and Irish Section of Regional Science Association International 1981 - 2001.
Elected Representative, European Regional Science Association Council 1991 - 2001.
1986 - 1992 Secretary, European Regional Science Association, European Organising Committee of the European Regional Science Association and European Regional Science Association Council.
Consultant to the UK CAA, OECD, IATA and Ralph M. Parsons Inc.
External Examiner for theses at the University of Liverpool, the University of Kent and Cranfield University.
External examiner for PhD at UCD, Ireland.
External Advisor to Validation Panel for Aviation Management Degree at London Metropolitan University.
QAA - Specialist Subject Reviewer-Business and Management.
External Examiner Air Transport Programmes , City University 2007-11, London Metropolitan University 2008-12,  New Buckinghamshire University 2005-9.

Accreditation invitations include acting as an External Review Team Member for a proposed Bachelor Degree in Aviation Management for the Commission on Academic Accreditation, United Arab Emirates, 2011 as well as acting as External Assessor for the MBA Aviation Management degree for the British Institute of Technology & E-commerce (BITE), London with the University of Wales, 2011. David has also acted recently as an External Examiner to an M.Phil thesis at the University of Wales, Cardiff School of Management, 2010.

Broad Interests and Expertise

Air Transport
Econometric and Operational Research Methods
Transport Planning Models
Cost Benefit Analysis
Distribution and Discrete Choice Modelling
Safety and Risk Assessment at Airports
Ageing and Car Use

Research Interests

Air Transport Demand Forecasting and Competition Analysis.
Air Transport Ground Movement Simulation.
Discrete Choice Analysis
Freight Distribution Models
Trans Log Models of the Shipping Industry
Principal Investigator on Air Traffic Accident Research Programmes funded by EPSRC and ACRP, USA.

Previous Research Projects

EPSRC on air transport accidents from overruns, undershoots, veer-offs and take off and crash

Airport Co-operative Research Program, Project 4-01, US National Academies and Transportation Research Board. Aircraft Overrun and Undershoot Analysis for Runway Safety Areas.

Research project

Aircraft Accident Modelling focusing on the location and consequences.



Builds on previous EPSRC funded work to expand the database and improve the aspects of the models as well as on a grant from the US Airport Co-operative Research Program, Project 4-01, US National
Academies and Transportation Research Board (jointly with ARA, Maryland, USA). Aircraft Overrun and Undershoot Analysis for Runway Safety Areas.


Logistic Regression


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