Category Books

A380s, “Sweet Spots” and Storm Petrels (ver 43, Mar 2017)

  The A380 is a passenger magnet! Update February 2017 Twin engined aircraft are encroaching more on what used to be the quad-engined aircraft’s domain.  The increased capabilities afforded by the expanding rules for Extended Range Operations for twin engine aircraft, means these long range twins can now fly over vast oceans, many hours from […]

“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 […]

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 […]

Christmas/Holiday Gift

Many people gift our book “QF32” to friends and families for birthdays, graduations, holidays and other special occasions. In keeping with the spirit of the coming holidays, we have reduced the price of the “Personalised Autographed” version of QF32 by AUD$10 to AUD$39.95 (plus delivery costs).  The book will be wrapped in Christmas/special paper with […]

My Next Book Announced

I am excited to announce my next commissioned book.  The book has a temporary “working title” of “Phoenix”. “Phoenix” is just another stepping stone along that path. “Phoenix” will explain my values and beliefs and perhaps gives insight into leadership, marketing, management and PR as described by Tony Hughes in this excellent essay. The timing […]

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 […]

Physics for the Coffee Table – Quiz # 7 – Seven Winners!

Situation I had the privilege last week to address a large audience at the Royal Aeronautical Society at the Engineering School at Cambridge University in the UK.   (click here for more information). The next morning Dr Hugh Hunt (Department of Engineering) showed my son Alexander and I around the Trinity College and the Trinity Clock Tower. We […]

PHYSICS FOR THE COFFEE TABLE -QUIZ # 7

Put your thinking caps on again. The Physics for the Coffee Table (PFTCT) Quiz number Seven will be broadcast on Wednesday 4th December at: 7 am-  New York 4 am – Los Angeles noon – London 1 pm – Paris 8 pm – Singapore 11 pm – Sydney Good luck!

Royal Aeronautical Society

Stop Press – Thursday 28 November The evening was a great success with my son Alexander and I meeting over 120 engineering students and 180 RAeS members. Everyone was especially pleased to met and hear Carolyn and Derwyn Jones, passengers on the QF32 flight who also addressed the audience.   Their daughter Nia Jones joined […]

Bio-Mimicry of Shaking Dogs (version 2)

See also QF32 Biomimicry Richard Hammond’s Miracles Of Nature Biomimicry You don’t have to be a dog lover to be awe struck by this fantastic video of dogs shaking themselves dry.   Their seemingly simply movements generate up to 70 G accelerations that “centrifuge” the hair 70% dry in just a few seconds. Why is the […]