Category Richard de Crespigny

Join us (win 2 seats) at the “Life Ball”

“Life is short, break the rules” Coral and I invite you and your partner to be our guests at the St Vincent’s Hospital “Life Ball” tomorrow (Friday 10th October) night next to Sydney Harbour.    No tricks.   No charges.   Let me explain …. Yes Man Plan Coral and I believe in the “Yes Man Plan”. […]

A380s, Storm Petrels & Super Sonic Cars

Updated October 2014 – Bloodhound wheels and Euro Fighter Engine Updated September 2014 – A380-800 Neo, World’s longest flights A380s, Storm Petrels & Super Sonic Cars 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 a case […]

A Night at the Zoo

Update – Post Zoo Report The Dinner at the Sanctuary Adelaide Zoo, Adelaide, South Australia was a great success. Everyone enjoyed close encounters with panda bears, meeting Paralympic medalists, hearing stories of resilience and supporting two excellent charities. Peter Eaton collected us from Adelaide’s brand new airport in his 1927 & 1929 Whippet cars. These […]

The Empirical Skeptic

Update IFALPA says “Stop speculating about MH370“ The Empirical Skeptic Viewers of last night’s Air Crash Investigators program (Australia on Channel 7) have asked me many questions including: Why didn’t we evacuate the A380 immediately after stopping on the runway in Singapore? What are my views about the Malaysian incident? My answers centre around how I gather, […]

Torches

Flying IS the sport of kings.   Guiding 500 passengers and manipulating $400m worth of the highest technology through congested airspace to the other side of the planet is a privilege that few experience. I’ve just returned from a great flight over the weekend from Sydney to Los Angeles.   I took the photo above […]

Physics for the Coffee Table – Quiz # 7 – Seven Winners!

Situation I had the privilege last week to address a large audience at the Royal Aeronautical Society at the Engineering School at Cambridge University in the UK.   (click here for more information). The next morning Dr Hugh Hunt (Department of Engineering) showed my son Alexander and I around the Trinity College and the Trinity Clock Tower. We […]

PHYSICS FOR THE COFFEE TABLE -QUIZ # 7

Put your thinking caps on again. The Physics for the Coffee Table (PFTCT) Quiz number Seven will be broadcast on Wednesday 4th December at: 7 am-  New York 4 am – Los Angeles noon – London 1 pm – Paris 8 pm – Singapore 11 pm – Sydney Good luck!

Royal Aeronautical Society

Stop Press – Thursday 28 November The evening was a great success with my son Alexander and I meeting over 120 engineering students and 180 RAeS members. Everyone was especially pleased to met and hear Carolyn and Derwyn Jones, passengers on the QF32 flight who also addressed the audience.   Their daughter Nia Jones joined […]

Bio-Mimicry of Shaking Dogs (version 2)

See also QF32 Biomimicry Richard Hammond’s Miracles Of Nature Biomimicry You don’t have to be a dog lover to be awe struck by this fantastic video of dogs shaking themselves dry.   Their seemingly simply movements generate up to 70 G accelerations that “centrifuge” the hair 70% dry in just a few seconds. Why is the […]

Aviation Pathways for Aspiring Pilots (version 32 – October 2014)

“Science, Freedom, Beauty, Adventure… aviation offers it all!”  (Charles A. Lindberg) Help! “Please help me!”   writes Emily Redmond. “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 […]

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