Category Richard de Crespigny

(Painting Jaak de Koninck -

The Uiver: A Photographic History

Summary “The Uiver: A Photographic History” is the title of a forthcoming exhibition of photographs to be held from Saturday, 1st October to Sunday 13th November 2016 at the Albury Library – Museum, Albury, New South Wales, Australia. A .- L .-.. B -… U ..- R .-. Y -.- – The Flight of the Uiver is […]

(Painting Jaak de Koninck

Aviation Pathways for Aspiring Aviators (version 153 – October 2016)

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  Eric Melrose Winkle Brown (1919-2016)

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 […]

Touch (by Coplu,

Say it loud and clear. No regrets!

Today, Valentine’s Day, Coral (the wind beneath my wings) asks you to tell those close to you that you love them. It’s easy to dismiss Valentine’s Day as commercial hoo-haa.  There’s no doubt it’s a revenue earner for florists and chocolate manufacturers. Hopefully Valentine’s Day reminds us to take the time to tell those we […]

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Happy, Honoured & Surprised – Thank You!

I am happy, honoured and surprised to have been appointed as a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia, by the Governor-General His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) for “significant service to the aviation industry both nationally and internationally, particularly for flight safety, and to the community”. Five […]

Looking for Santa Clause (Photo RDC)

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 […]

Mark Bouris

“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. Mark’s Podcasts Mark’s fascinating podcasts are downloaded by about 275,000 listeners every […]

London Heathrow

A380s, “Sweet Spots” and Storm Petrels (ver 41, Jul 2016)

Global Traveler Survey 2015 Update December 2015 …. Readers of ‘Global Traveler’ recently voted the A380 as being the best passenger aircraft in the world.  This is a great accolade for an aircraft that has been flying for ten years, completed 8 years in service and that competes with newer aircraft types (B787 and A350). […]

Lost in Space (Painting Jaak de Koninck -

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 […]

(Photo: Lee Gatland)

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 […]