There's a big difference between a pilot and an aviator. One is a technician; the other is an artist in love with flight. (Capt. E.B. Jeppesen)
Photos – Gallery
A380 Fuel CG vectors for the 11 tanks
Cold Outer Tank Fuel (-35 deg C) being transferred from the outer tanks to the inner tanks (Courtesy Richard de Crespigny)
Waltz of the Ailerons (VDA) Courtesy Richard de Crespigny)
A380 at Sydney International Terminal (Photo: Richard de Crespigny)
A380 landing at Sydney airport
The Multi Function Display (MFD) (located on the centrel pedestal beside each pilot) displaying the CPDLC log. The MFD interfaces to the following systems: Flight Managemenet Systems, Auto Flight System, Controller Pilot Data Link Communications, SURVeillance ( Ground Proximity Warning System, Traffic Collision and Avoidance System), and the Flight Control Unit (backup)
L/G GRVTY sw (Landing Gear Gravity extension switch). Lift the yellow cover, unlatch the two safety locks, then push the big bar down – then cross fingers!. This switch operates electrical release latches to release the 18 tonne landing gear complete with 22 tires. Gravity should pull down the five structs within two minutes. (Photo Curtesy Richard de Crespigny)
Over France in Airbus A380 MSN 1 with the Head Up Display. Courtesy Richard de Crespigny)
A380 MSN 4. Upper deck with water ballast tanks. “V8 rule” says many small aircon pipes makes for a quiet cabin. (Courtesy Richard de Crespigny)
Alex de Crespigny in the A380 Cockpit
Nancy Bird Walton (A380-OQA) (Photo: Richard de Crespigny)
NItrogen cart at London (Heathrow) Airport (Courtesy Richard de Crespigny)
Sully Sullenberger (stress tested and case hardened skeptic) and me.
QF2 – Flying east over northern Europe in September 2012..
RIP the world’s best friend – Neil Armstrong who said “expect the unexpected” (RDC)
Delivery team for VH-OQD “Fergus McMaster” (QF founder & first Chairman) delivered SIN-SYD 24 Aug 2009.