Dr Yi Gao is an Associate Professor in the School of Aviation and Transportation Technology of Purdue University. He teaches Aviation Management related courses both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr Gao actively conducts applied and empirical research and publishes on a number of peer reviewed academic journals, covering a broad range of air transportation topics. He currently serves as the Editor for Collegiate Aviation Review International, a peer reviewed journal of the University Aviation Association (UAA). Before joining Purdue as a faculty member, Dr Gao was the Aviation Course Director for Swinburne University of Technology (Australia).
For more information about Dr Yi Gao, please visit his personal page.
Frederick N. Andrews Fellow, Purdue University, 2006 -2009
Selected Journal Articles
Gao, Y. (2022). Benchmarking the recovery of air travel demands for US airports during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives, 13, 100570, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trip.2022.100570
Gao, Y. (2020). A conceptual framework for valuating airline frequent flyer program miles. International Journal of Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace, 7(1). https://doi.org/10.15394/ijaaa.2020.1447
Gao, Y., & Choy, N. W. (2019). Brand awareness, purchase intention and price premium of international airlines operating between Australia and the United Kingdom. International Journal of Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace, 6(3). https://doi.org/10.15394/ijaaa.2019.1345
John H. Mott, Sarah M. Hubbard, Chien-Tsung Lu, Joseph B. Sobieralski, Yi Gao, Michael S. Nolan, Bhavana Kotla. (2019). Competency-based education: A framework for aviation management programs. Collegiate Aviation Review International, 37 (1), http://dx.doi.org/10.22488/okstate.19.100211
Gao, Y., Carrigg, M., Lewinski, R., Polderman, D., & Tkalcevic, P. (2018). The perceived value of frequent flyer program benefits among Australian travelers. International Journal of Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace, 5(3). https://doi.org/10.15394/ijaaa.2018.1249
Gao, Y & Rajendran, N. (2017). Safety Climate of Ab-Initio Flying Training Organizations: The Case of an Australian Tertiary (Collegiate) Aviation Program. Journal of Aviation Technology and Engineering. 7(1). https://doi.org/10.7771/2159-6670.1162
Gao, Y., & Kong, S. (2016). Personality types of pilot students: A study of an Australian collegiate aviation program. International Journal of Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace, 3(3). http://dx.doi.org/10.15394/ijaaa.2016.1130
Gao, Y. & Koo, T. T.R. (2014). Flying Australia–Europe via China: A qualitative analysis of the factors affecting travelers' choice of Chinese carriers using online comments data. Journal of Air Transport Management, 39, 23-29, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jairtraman.2014.03.006.
Chandra, Samuel; Chitgopeker, Chetan K.; Crawford, Ben; Dwyer, John; & Gao, Yi (2014) Establishing a benchmark of fuel efficiency for commercial airline operations, Journal of Aviation Technology and Engineering, 4 (1), http://dx.doi.org/10.7771/2159-6670.1097
Gao, Y., Bruce, P. J., Newman, D. G., & Zhang, C. B. (2013). Safety climate of commercial pilots: The effect of pilot ranks and employment experiences. Journal of Air Transport Management, 30, 17-24. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jairtraman.2013.04.001
Gao, Y., Au, K. T. S., Kwon, H. J., & Leong, E. W. (2013). Learning styles of Australian aviation students: An assessment of the impact of culture. Collegiate Aviation Review, 31(1), 17-26. http://dx.doi.org/10.22488/okstate.18.100435
Bruce, P. J., Gao, Y., & King, J. M. C. (2017). Airline Operations: A Practical Guide. United Kingdom: Routledge
Recent Conference Presentations (Since 2014)
Wang. S, Kong, N. & Gao, Y. (2022). The Use of mobility data in estimating airport catchment areas: A case study of a multiple airport region in Texas. Poster presented on the on the 2022 Applied Geography Conference (AGX).
Keller, J., Mendonca, F., Spence, T., Asunda, P. & Gao, Y. (2022). Development and evaluation of an online fatigue training course for collegiate aviation pilots. Paper presented on the National Training Aircraft Symposium (NTAS) 2022. Daytona Beach, FL.
Gao. Y., Liu, J., & Wang, S. (2022). Visualize Your Research Work. Workshop presented on the 2022 UAA Annual Collegiate Aviation Conference & Expo. Colorado Springs, CO.
Liu, J., Beck, C. & Gao, Y. (2022). Passengers' Perceptions of Airlines' Logo Design and Their Business Models. Paper presented on the 25th Air Transport Research Society Conference (Hybrid). Antwerp, Belgium.
Gao, Y. & Wang, S. (2021). Show me the data: An introduction of public datasets for empirical aviation studies. Workshop presented on the 2021 UAA Annual Collegiate Aviation Conference & Expo. Memphis, TN.
Wang, S. & Gao, Y. (2021). Can COVID-19 data be used to guide airline stock trading during the pandemic? Paper presented on the 24th Air Transport Research Society Conference. Sydney, Australia.
Gao, Y. (2019). Precision Mapping Airport Catchment Area. Paper presented on the Passenger Loyalty China Summit 2019 (PLCS2019). Shanghai, China.
Gao, Y. (2018). The possibility of transforming the loyalty arm of Airlines into a data company. Paper presented on the Passenger Loyalty China Summit 2018 (PLCS2018). Shanghai, China.
Gao, Y. & Kuang, J. (2018). Understanding social media in China. the 10th Annual Loyalty Conference (Loyalty2018). Bangkok, Thailand
Gao, Y. (2017). Are frequent flyer programs still loyalty programs for frequent flyers? Paper presented on the Passenger Loyalty China Summit 2017 (PLCS2017). Shanghai, China.
Gao, Y, & Lewinski, R.. (2017) The value of frequent flyer progammes: The gap between wishful thinking and reality. Paper presented on the 9th Annual Loyalty Conference (Loyalty2017). London, UK.
Chen, Y., Nguyen, K., Brincat, R., & Gao, Y. (2015). A comparison of the value of frequent flyer points/miles from the perspective of Australia travellers. Proceedings of the 2015 World Conference of Air Transport Research Society (ATRS). Singapore.
Winter, S., Gao, Y., Rudari, L., & Sperlak, L. (2014). Fostering diversity in collegiate aviation programs: Overcoming challenges and leveraging existing resources. Paper presented on the 2014 Fall Educational Conference of the University Aviation Association. Daytona Beach, Florida.
Gao, Y., & Wei, D. (2014) An Operational-Safety Oriented Optimization of Airport Gate Assignment. Paper presented on the 20th Conference of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS2014). Barcelona, Spain.
Gao, Y., KOO, T. T. R., & Qin, R. (2014). Fly from Australia to Europe via China? A qualitative analysis of Australian travelers’ choice of Chinese carriers on the Australia-Europe route. Proceedings of the 2014 World Conference of Air Transport Research Society (ATRS). Bordeaux, France.
Chandra, S., Chetan, K. C., Crawford, B., Dwyer, J., & Gao, Y. (2014). Establishing a benchmark of fuel efficiency for commercial airline operations. Proceedings of the 2014 World Conference of Air Transport Research Society (ATRS). Bordeaux, France.
Chair, Publication Committee, University Aviation Association (UAA)
Air Transport Research Society (ATRS)
The Airline Group of the Int’l Federation of Operational Research Societies (AGIFORS)
International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT)
AV050 - Standing Committee on Airport Terminals and Ground Access, Transportation Research Board (TRB)