Category Richard de Crespigny

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 […]

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 […]

Back-story QF32 p 023 – Motivating our Youngest Generation

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 […]

My Next Book Announced

I am excited to announce my next commissioned book.  The book has a temporary “working title” of “Phoenix”. “Phoenix” is just another stepping stone along that path. “Phoenix” will explain my values and beliefs and perhaps gives insight into leadership, marketing, management and PR as described by Tony Hughes in this excellent essay. Click here […]

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 November 2014 – London Heathrow Updated October 2014 – Bloodhound wheels and Euro Fighter Engine Updated September 2014 – A380-800 Neo, World’s longest flights Updated January 2015 – A380-800 Neo A380s, Storm Petrels & Super Sonic Cars I forecast that the A380 neo will be built and that the A380 will be the largest operating passenger […]

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 Jan 2015 The Empirical Skeptic Viewers of last night’s (March 2014) 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 […]

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