Category Rolls-Royce

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 […]

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 […]

Happy 110th Birthday!

Happy Birthday Powered Flight! Today, the 17th December 2013 marks the recognition of 110 remarkable years of revolutionary technology, intrepid exploration and inspirational leaders who (in Bert Hinkler’s words) have “flown the ships off the oceans”. It’s 110 years today since Wilbur Wright flew the Wright Flier for 12 seconds, flying just 36 metres (half the […]

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 Back Story – Rolls Royce Trent 900 – Request for Questions

I have been researching Rolls-Royce engines for decades.     I have studied the engine’s “workshop manuals”.   I visited the Rolls-Royce production and engineering facilities in Derby, UK just two weeks before my QF32 event. Yesterday I toured the Sin$700 m Rolls-Royce Seletar Campus in Singapore.   This is the first production facility for […]

Welcome to the Big Jets Book discussion

I am writing a book about big jets My definition of the big jets are those bigger than the Boeing 737 or Airbus A320.  Large corporate jets (Gulfstream and Cessna) are also included. For aspiring aviators who are pursuing a career flying Big Jets and for commercial aviation pilots, The Big Jets book provides an […]

Richard’s (future) big jets book

I am producing a technical book about Big Jets (jets bigger than A320s and B737s right up to and including the A380). For aspiring aviators who are pursuing a career flying Big Jets and for commercial aviation pilots, the big jets book will provide an in-depth and technical explanation for aircraft designs and aircraft operations. […]