Category A380

London Heathrow

A380s, “Sweet Spots” and Storm Petrels (ver 42, Feb 2017)

  The A380 is a passenger magnet! Update February 2017 Twin engined aircraft are encroaching more on what used to be the quad-engined aircraft’s domain.  The increased capabilities afforded by the expanding rules for Extended Range Operations for twin engine aircraft, means these long range twins can now fly over vast oceans, many hours from […]

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Australia Day 2016 – ICAO & RAeS – “Nancy-Bird Walton Lecture”

I was honoured to present the inaugural Nancy-Bird Walton Lecture on behalf of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)  at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Headquarters Assembly Hall, Montreal on Monday, 25th January, 2016. International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO)   ICAO was created in 1944 to provide administration and governance for 191 UN Member States and industry groups. ICAO is […]

Nancy-Bird walton (photo:  Sue Stafford.  Reproduced courtesy of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences)

Nancy-Bird Walton’s 100th Birthday Celebration

Update – December 2015 Many great airports are named after famous people. I propose that Sydney Badgerys Creek airport be named “Sydney Nancy-Bird Walton International Airport” in honour of Australia’s greatest aviatrix. Her airport would sit beside “Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport”, named after Australia’s greatest aviator. Click here to read more … Original Post […]

Wonder  (Painting by my friend Coplu (Coplu.Com))

Technical Lessons from QF32

With my suggestions for the Industry Jaanus Torp writes: Hello Richard, I just finished your book and I might say that it is not suitable for before bed reading.  Even though I had read the final report and knew the outcome, I was still quite wired by the masterfully written gripping drama. I have a […]

Your highness Ms Universe by Coplu (Coplu.Com)

Technical – QF32’s Hydraulics, Apollo 13 and the “Fog of War”

Mike asks: Hi Richard, Having read your book QF32 and a number of resources available online, please let me ask one question regarding  your video interview on youtube. During the interview, you talk about the decision whether to follow the ECAM instructions to switch off the ENG 4 hydraulic pumps (“5 and 6″), and how you […]

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 […]

First stop on Jossie Harris' honeymoon - the A380 cockpit (VH-OQD) (26Aug15)

Airbus Pilots’ Eyes Only: Better Searching of Airbus FOCT Manuals (ver 2)

Nerd Alert! I compiled this blog in early 2008 for Airbus pilots and ground staff who need to access the Airbus FOCT manuals.   It is written for those who wish to learn more about how to make full use of the impressive (but undocumented) search features in the Airbus FOCT. This blog has NO relevance […]

(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 […]

Armchair quarterbacks?  (Painting by Coplu Coplu.com)

The Empirical Skeptic and Hacker

Version 10 – July 2016 Viewers of  Air Crash Investigators program 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 MH370 incident? My answers centre around how I gather, judge, store and use data. Empirical Skeptic I am […]

Air Crash Investigation S13E10 – Qantas 32: Titanic In The Sky

There has been a lot of recent interest in the production entitled “Air Crash Investigation S13E10 – Qantas 32: Titanic In The Sky”.     This program has been broadcast on the National Geographic channel.  Closing Statement At the time of my interview, our story was planned to be the final episode (ever) in the Air […]