Category Richard de Crespigny

Painting by Coplu (Coplu.com)

Happy, Honoured & Surprised – Thank You!

I am happy, honoured and surprised to have been appointed as a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia, by the Governor-General His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) for “significant service to the aviation industry both nationally and internationally, particularly for flight safety, and to the community”. Five […]

Looking for Santa Clause (Photo RDC)

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays / Happy Days where ever you are … Enjoy these two  photos taken from my office.  Here is a photos from the flight today over Turkey,     The world is indeed a small place when at just 40,000 feet we fly above 75% of the Earth’s atmosphere.  At a […]

(Painting Jaak de Koninck  www.jaakdekoninck.be)

Aviation Pathways for Aspiring Aviators (version 128 – Feb 2016)

I urge not just aspiring pilots, but all people working towards a dream to read this article (Brandon Bullhorn)   This is gold dust.  I’m a PhD and past senior Lecturer in Computer Science / STEM topics, work in system design for investment banking / trading now – how relevant everything in this writing is […]

Mark Bouris

“Resilience at the edge of chaos” (My interview with Mark Bouris)

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 (ver 35, Feb 2016)

Global Traveler Survey 2015 Update December 2015 …. Readers of ‘Global Traveler’ recently voted the A380 as being the best passenger aircraft in the world.  This is a great accolade for an aircraft that has been flying for ten years, completed 8 years in service and that competes with newer aircraft types (B787 and A350). […]

Lost in Space (Painting Jaak de Koninck - www.jaakdekoninck.be)

Four Years Later ….

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 I am a Pilot

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 […]

(photo: Richard de Crespigny)

It’s Time to be a Pirate!

Below is the Occasional Address that I delivered at the 2014 Graduation Ceremony for the Arts Faculty at Charles Sturt University (CSU) at the Wagga Wagga campus on 15 December 2014. Deputy Chancellor of Charles Sturt University – Peter Hayes, Vice-Chancellor and President – Andrew Vann, Graduates of the Faculty of Arts – you did […]

Christmas/Holiday Gift

Many people gift our book “QF32” to friends and families for birthdays, graduations, holidays and other special occasions. In keeping with the spirit of the coming holidays, we have reduced the price of the “Personalised Autographed” version of QF32 by AUD$10 to AUD$39.95 (plus delivery costs).  The book will be wrapped in Christmas/special paper with […]

Motivating our Youngest Generation (v21, Jan 2016)

Motivation Great things happen when Motivation meets Capacity At QF32 page 23, I detailed how my father, rather than push me into any profession,  made opportunities available to me and nurtured my interests.  The results were profound.  After deciding as a 14 year old to join the RAAF, my marks improved from a (conceded) pass […]

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