A strong passion and an interest in aviation led Busyairah to undertake a PhD in Air Traffic Management (ATM), which she completed at the Centre for Transport Studies, Imperial College London, United Kingdom. She has investigated the limitations of radar that led to aircraft incidents and has developed a safety assessment framework for Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) and assessed its impact on air traffic management operations.
She has outstanding expertise (18 years in aviation), gained through studies in Air Traffic Management as well as her work experience as Operations & Maintenance Engineer for Air Traffic Control Systems (ATCS) with the Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia (2003-2007) and, throughout the course of her PhD, exposure to the operations of NATS UK, Avinor Norway, EUROCONTROL and easyJet. She joined the academia in 2009 as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Malaya. In 2015, she was appointed as a Consultant by the Ministry of Transport Malaysia for the Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia particularly for Aircraft Surveillance Systems and representing the country at International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) meetings on Surveillance Systems for Air Traffic Control (ATC). In 2018, she joined the Aerospace Engineering & Aviation discipline at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia as a Senior Lecturer in Aviation.