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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”. […]

Flight – 100 Years Ago Today

For the aviation evangelists I recommend the issue of Flight dated 7th March 1914, published by the Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom.   The list Committee members then included aviation notables such as T. Sopwith and J Moore-Brabazon. Frank Van Haste emailed me today: Captain, I note that 100 years ago today (4 Mar 1914), among those […]

Passion, Courage, Compassion & Determination – Peter Ford

STOP PRESS November 2013 – Peter Ford recognised as the National Finalist Senior Australian of the Year 2014. Peter will now go join into the list of other states winners to be considered for the one overall Australian Of the Year, that will be announced at Government House Canberra on Australia Day, 26th January 2014. Click […]

Resilience and Teamwork at the IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup

Re·sil·ience Webster definition:  the ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change Richard’s definition:   The synergy of human confidence, passion, courage and intrepid determination needed to survive and to conquer adversity IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup In my roll as the Patron of Disabled Wintersport Australia,  it was my (and Coral’s) pleasure on […]

QF32 and the Golden Circle

In relation to the actions of the pilots and cabin crew, the final ATSB report provides excellent detail about most of WHAT happened.  The critical “HOW they happened” and even more important “WHY they happened” were not included in the report as the outcome was already known and the investigators believed that these analyses would […]

ATSB Final Report on QF32

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has released the final report of its investigation into the QF32 flight of 4 November 2010. Taking 966 days to produce, the 305 page QF32 report is the largest investigation the ATSB has ever conducted using resources from over 10 organisations spanning at least seven countries.   The QF32 repairs […]

A350 – First (High) Flight

Update – 12 April 2013 In the spirit of under-promising and over-delivering, my recent article of the 4th June forecast the A350 to be airborne within a month. So it is EXCELLENT NEWS TODAY that Airbus confirmed that the A350 XWB first flight is planned for this Friday, 14th June. Conditions permitting, the A350 XWB […]

QF32 Wins “Non-Fiction Book of the Year”

Other QF32 Awards QF32 was voted the “Non- Fiction Book of the Year – 2013” at last night’s Australian Book Industry Association Awards  at the 4 Seasons Hotel in Circular Quay, Sydney. Similar to the Academy Awards for the film industry, the ABIA Awards recognises publishers, authors and book stores.  Over 300 guests attended the gala […]

Fear of Flying – Part 3 of 3 (The Cure – Annabelle Brayley)

Fear of Flying – Part 3 of 3 (The Cure – Annabelle Brayley) by Annabelle Brayley When I was growing up, I’d had occasions to fly in the old DC8 and Fokker Friendship as well as several smaller planes so it was a complete shock to me, to discover in 1987 that I hated flying in […]

Backstory – Annual General Meeting of the Australian Women Pilots’ Association (AWPA)

Coral and I had the pleasure to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Australian Women Pilots’ Association (AWPA) in Hervey Bay last week end. In this fast and competitive world, it’s getting harder to find the time for aviators to meet, network, help and mentor the youger entrants in this field.   So it […]