Wonder  (Painting by my friend Coplu (Coplu.Com))

With my suggestions for the Industry Jaanus Torp writes: Hello Richard, I just finished your book and I might say that it is not suitable for before bed reading.  Even though I had read the final report and knew the outcome, I was still quite wired by the masterfully written gripping drama. I have a […]

Your highness Ms Universe by Coplu (Coplu.Com)

Mike asks: Hi Richard, Having read your book QF32 and a number of resources available online, please let me ask one question regarding  your video interview on youtube. During the interview, you talk about the decision whether to follow the ECAM instructions to switch off the ENG 4 hydraulic pumps (“5 and 6″), and how you […]

(Painting Jaak de Koninck  www.jaakdekoninck.be)

“Please help me!” Dear Richard, I am currently undertaking my private pilots licence with the intentions of hopefully becoming an airline pilot in future.  I am just wondering if you could possibly take a short amount of time to give me some tips with regards to flying and the best approach for me. I have […]

"In Search of Excellence "
Painting by Coplu (Coplu.Com)

Report on Resilience “Resilience – Recovering pilots’ lost flying skills” The Royal Aeronautical Society, London has published the report that I produced after I opened the Flight Simulation Conference at the RAeS in London in November 2014. My report studies the flight safety statistics from 1942 until 2014 and the implications for flight simulation industry. The future […]

2015 07 Jul -1 041 (439x386)

I enjoyed being interviewed by Mark Bouris this week about “Resilience at the edge of chaos”.   We discussed issues ranging from the neuroscience of leadership to survive ‘Black Swan events’, to future technologies  and how robots will impact business and employment.  markbouris.com.au/episode-14-mark-bouris-podcast Mark’s Podcasts Mark’s fascinating podcasts are downloaded by about 275,000 listeners every […]

London Heathrow

A380s, “Sweet Spots” and Storm Petrels I forecast that the A380 neo will be built and that the A380 will be the largest operating passenger aircraft for decades to come. The aviation industry continues to  evolve.   The changing political, economic, cultural, technological and communication landscape is forcing continued consolidation of airlines, routes and aircraft types.  It’s […]

First stop on Jossie Harris' honeymoon - the A380 cockpit (VH-OQD) (26Aug15)

Nerd Alert! I compiled this blog for Airbus pilots and ground staff who need to access the Airbus FOCT manuals.   It is written for those who wish to learn more about how to make full use of the impressive (but undocumented) search features in the Airbus FOCT. This blog has NO relevance for any other […]

2014 01 Jan QF11 2 003 (640x317)

Hello Captain Rich, My question is regarding the recent German-wings crash over the French alps. In an airline multi crew environment. How is it that the Captain can leave his fellow co-pilot all by himself in the cockpit alone to monitor, fly and manage the aircraft systems? Even if the pilot was locked out and […]

Four Years Later . . . The thirteenth reprint of QF32 was released just after the 4th anniversary of the QF32 flight.   This latest reprint includes the following text at page 352  … My life has changed since the QF32 event. My greatest reward has been meeting the QF32 passengers worldwide. We share a […]

(Photo: Lee Gatland)

Why am I a pilot?  It’s to give each passenger the safest and best experience possible on my aircraft – it’s to “Make Their Day” It’s not for the seven licence recertification tests that I must pass each year to continue in my profession. It’s not for the time and energy it takes to become […]


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