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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 […]

QF32 Shortlisted – Australian Book Industry Awards 2013!

We are honoured that QF32 has been placed in the Short List of six for the Australian Book Industry Awards “General Non-fiction Book of the Year 2013”! The shortlisted entries were chosen by expert panels and an academy of booksellers and publishers who voted online. The winners  will be announced at the Australian Book Industry Awards as part of this […]

QF32 WINS THE INDIE AWARD 2013 FOR NON FICTION

Other QF32 Awards <Editor:  Our congratulations to M.L. Stedman,  Toni Jordan, Rich and Margo Lanagan> Press Release: Sydney, Australia, Monday, 25 March 2013:  Tonight at Berkelouw Bookstore, Paddington, the independent booksellers of Australia announced The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman as their favourite Australian book from last year and the winner of The Indie Book of the […]

Back Story – QF32 page 355 – Peter Ford

Peter Ford is a life long friend. I’ve known Peter since his days as a reporter for an Australian news channel, through to his time as one of the first CNN anchors when Ted Turner cruised the corridors. Peter’s specialty was then everything that it is now – high tech including the Iraq War Mark […]

Mach 55 Meteorite

Note:  … this blog is being updated as more information comes to hand …. I have just returned home from a trip and am amazed to see the many remarkable car dashboard-cams of the meteorite that impacted near Chelyabinsk, Russia: Click here if you have not seen these videos  (the third is shocking) this video is […]