Category Richard de Crespigny

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Aviation Pathways for Aspiring Pilots (version 102 – Oct 2015)

“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 […]

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“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. Mark’s Podcasts Mark’s fascinating podcasts are downloaded by about 275,000 listeners every […]

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A380s, “Sweet Spots” and Storm Petrels (version 30 October 2015)

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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”. […]


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