Category Personal

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]

Motivating our Youngest Generation (ver 25, July 2016)

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” 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 […]