Category QF32 Story

Review “Sully” Movie

Summary “Sully” is a story of personal and team resilience. Sully made a difference for his passengers, crew, company and their friends. The real Sully Sullenberger and Jeff Skiles are larger in life than their characters in the movie.  Their values, words and actions provide life lessons for us all. Islands of human resilience like the […]

Aviation Pathways for Aspiring Aviators (version 117 – December 2019)

I urge not just aspiring pilots, but all people working towards a dream to read this article (Brandon Bullhorn) Contents Aviation Pathways Constraints Training Options Employment Options Employment Tests & Interviews Career Development Alternate Career Aviation Industry Aircraft Life Plan Money Where From Here? Summary For more Information Answers to Questions Make a comment / […]

Vale one of the world’s greatest pilots

With a sad and heavy heart I learned that aviator and test pilot Captain Eric Melrose ‘Winkle’ Brown CBE DSC AFC HonFRAeS Royal Navy died on 21 February 2016. “Winkle” Brown was to British aviation what Chuck Yeager is to the USA aviation.  When you read his life story, it makes James Bond seem like a bit […]

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

Update – 4 March 2019 I feel both surprised and proud. Today it was announced that the $5.3 billion Western Sydney Airport will officially become the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport. The campaign to rename the airport started when I presented the inaugural Nancy-Bird Walton Lecture on behalf of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)  at the International […]

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays / Happy Days where ever you are … Enjoy these two  photos taken from my office.  Here is a photos from the flight today over Turkey,     The world is indeed a small place when at just 40,000 feet we fly above 75% of the Earth’s atmosphere.  At a […]

5th Anniversary – QF32

Today, 4th November 2015 marks the 5th Anniversary of the QF32 event. Good News QF32 is a story of team excellence, where eight teams pooled their knowledge, training, experience working in intrepid teams to overcome a black swan event. I again wish to thank the 8 teams of more than 1,000 people who helped deliver […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

3 Interviews on Black Swans, Resilience & Oshkosh “Theater in the Woods”

Report on Resilience “Resilience – Recovering pilots’ lost flying skills” The Royal Aeronautical Society, London has published the report that I produced after I opened the Flight Simulation Conference at the RAeS in London in November 2014. My report studies the flight safety statistics from 1942 until 2014 and the implications for flight simulation industry. The future […]