Category Richard de Crespigny

Considerations – How to Flare and Land a Big Jet

Question Ricky recently asked me the following question on the QF32 web site: Good evening Richard, I read all your books and have been huge inspiration during my training to become a pilot. I read you have flown nearly all airplanes and in the book you also mention a technique used on Caribou airplane. Now […]

4 November 2019 – the 9th Anniversary of QF32

Today, the 4th November 2019 is the 9th Anniversary of Flight QF32, an event that changed my, Coral’s, our passengers’, crews’ and many others’ (Second Victims) lives. Nine years after QF32 event, I continue to fly the A380 to many destinations around the world. During each long-haul flight, it’s still my pleasure to walk the […]

Personal Resilience – Distractions Kill

  This is a challenging video.. WHY you must not text and drive This post is hosted at the FLY! web site.   When you are at the FLY! web site, please select the “Follow” button underneath and to the right of the page header to subscribe to posts in the FLY! website https://flythebookcom.wordpress.com/…/10/24/distractions-k…/  

FINALLY- FLY! IS AIRBORNE

I am pleased to announce that my next book called FLY! –  Life Lessons from the Cockpit of QF32 is available NOW in Australian book shops, just in time for Fathers’ Day. Purchase autographed paper copies of FLY! (with optional personal messages) world-wide from FLY-TheBook.com On Monday, FLY! will be also be available at: Paper:  Australian […]

Rest In Peace – Gene Cernan

I am very sad to hear of Gene Cernan‘s passing. Gene was the last of the (just) twelve humans that walked on the moon.. He was also a close friend of Neil Armstrong. Coral and I attended Neil Armstrong’s memorial service on 13 Sep 2012 at the National Cathedral in Washington where Gene presented Neil’s […]

Happy New Year

My last day of 2016 ended with a twenty four hour long tour of duty flying from Melbourne to Dubai International Airport on board my favorite Airbus A380 named “Nancy-Bird Walton“. Dubai International Airport became choked when visibility at three of the five available airports reduced to just 100 metres.  Scores of aircraft arriving from […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]