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Geoffrey Thomas

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Geoffrey is a world renowned multi award winning writer, author and commentator who has taken a holistic view of the aviation industry for more than 40 years.

Geoffrey has an outstanding reputation with the media, public, aviation personnel and government officials as the “go to” person on all matters related to aviation and airlines. He is an outspoken no nonsense but fair critic of many aspects of airline management, technological issues related to aviation and those related to safety and the environment.

Geoffrey retired as Chief Editor of the airline management journal Air Transport World in January 2012 to develop Airline Ratings.com. Geoffrey was previously SE-Asian Contributing Editor for Aviation Week and Space Technology.

In all, he has won 35 international and national aerospace awards for his work including being a four time winner of the prestigious Royal Aeronautical Society (RAS) Aerospace Journalist of the Year twice each in the ‘Systems and Technology’ and ‘Business’ categories. He was also crowned overall winner in 2009. Geoffrey has also been named the Australasian Aviation Journalist (AAJ) of the Year in 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2011. He now judges the competition.

Geoffrey is the Aviation Editor for The West Australian newspaper and Airlines Editor for Australian Aviation, a regular commentator on Australian and New Zealand TV and radio, including the aviation commentator on Channel 7’s top rating Sunrise program, Australia’s most watched national morning show. He is also heard on the BBC. He has been published in The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

Geoffrey has co-written seven books with Christine Forbes Smith and has delivered guest lectures at the University of Southern California and Curtin University in Western Australia.

Four of Geoffrey’s articles on airline safety have been described as seminal by the Professor of Engineering at the University of Southern California Najmedim Meshkati. Professor Meshkati teaches at the world’s longest running aviation course, the USC’s renowned 61-year old Aviation Safety Program.


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