Today, the 4th November 2019 is the 9th Anniversary of Flight QF32, an event that changed my, Coral’s, our passengers’, crews’ and many others’ (Second Victims) lives.
Nine years after QF32 event, I continue to fly the A380 to many destinations around the world. During each long-haul flight, it’s still my pleasure to walk the aisles and meet passengers who share my passion for aviation. Meeting these people and forging long lasting relationships continues to be a highlight of my life.
A lot of water has passed under the bridge since that fateful day. We’ve certainly learned that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and there can definitely be growth from trauma. We’ve had the the opportunity to present to and meet amazing individuals and leaders all over the world.
Completing my two books: QF23 and FLY! were milestones of which I am very proud. I am pleased to report both books continue to be stocked by good bookstores! Being the Patron of Disabled Winter Sport Australia, The Quality and Safety Ambassador for St Vincent’s Hospital. Co-Patron of the Uiver DC2 Memorial Community Trust, and Visiting Lecturer at the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security has enriched our lives beyond belief..
The only downside with the passing of the years has been that my hair has gone white, I have had to give up running to protect my knees and I have only two years of international flying left as I must retire from being an international pilot when I turn 65.
Many challenges lie ahead and I will disrupt myself and move into robotics. I want to build sentient robots that will be companions for the elderly and prevent them getting lonely. Mechatronics and robots offer me today the same challenges, thrills, opportunities and rewards that aviation did when I joined the Air Force at seventeen years of age.
I will finish the “Big Jets” book in 2020 (interrupted by QF32) and then will start on the “Physics for the Coffee Table” book the next year.
To all the people who have been involved in the QF32 event, Coral and I often think about you, and we wish you the best health and happiness life can deliver.