Category QF32 Story

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 […]

“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 […]

Airbus Pilots’ Eyes Only: Better Searching of Airbus FOCT Manuals (Ver 2, July17)

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 […]

Keep Calm!

Version 11 – January 2016 Hello Captain Rich, My question is regarding the recent German-wings crash over the French alps. In an airline multi crew environment. How is it that the Captain can leave his fellow co-pilot all by himself in the cockpit alone to monitor, fly and manage the aircraft systems? Even if the […]

Four Years Later ….

Four Years Later . . . The thirteenth reprint of QF32 was released just after the 4th anniversary of the QF32 flight.   This latest reprint includes the following text at page 352  … My life has changed since the QF32 event. My greatest reward has been meeting the QF32 passengers worldwide. We share a […]

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 […]

It’s Time to be a Pirate!

Below is the Occasional Address that I delivered at the 2014 Graduation Ceremony for the Arts Faculty at Charles Sturt University (CSU) at the Wagga Wagga campus on 15 December 2014. Deputy Chancellor of Charles Sturt University – Peter Hayes, Vice-Chancellor and President – Andrew Vann, Graduates of the Faculty of Arts – you did […]

Motivating our Youngest Generation (ver 27, Feb 2018)

Motivation Great things happen when Motivation meets Capacity At QF32 page 23, I detailed how my father, rather than push me into any profession,  made opportunities available to me and nurtured my interests.  The results were profound.  After deciding as a 14 year old to join the RAAF, my marks improved from a (conceded) pass […]

My Next Book Announced

I am excited to announce my next commissioned book.  The book has a temporary “working title” of “Phoenix”. Phoenix will be available released in September 2018 “Phoenix” will explain my values and beliefs and perhaps gives insight into all the elements of survival and success we need to face change, disruptionand uncertainty ahead.  It will […]