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Story # 2 – The Little Prince
Editor: The letter below is from Lieutenant-colonel Hervé de Saint-Exupéry. Please also note that:
- The Little Prince is a French (and one of the world’s best-selling) book first published in 1943 by aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Lieutenant-colonel Hervé de Saint-Exupéry is Antoine’s great great nephew.
- Click here to see the email from Lieutenant-colonel Hervé de Saint-Exupéry
- Click here to view Richard’s reply to Hervé
Quotes – Leadership
- One must command from each what each can perform (p 31)
Quotes – Personality
- It is much harder to judge yourself than to judge others (p 32)
Quotes – Knowledge
- The only things you learn are the things you tame (p 60)
- People haven’t the time to learn anything. They buy things ready-made in stores. (p 60)
Quotes – Commitment & Love
- If you want a friend, tame me (p 60)
- It’s the time you spend on your rose that makes your rose so important (p 64)
- You become responsible for what you’ve tamed. (p 64)
Quotes – Perception & Love
- One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes (p 63)\
- The stars are beautiful because of a flower – don’t you see .. (p 68)
- Whether it’s a house or the stars of the desert, what makes them beautiful is invisible (p 68)
Quotes – Expert, Perfection
- Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away
Dear Captain de Crespigny,
I’m very proud to have received an answer from you. What a wonderful picture with your dad flying a spitfire ! What a marvellous example for these young people ! Congratulations !
I dedicate my photos to all young people of the world who want to become pilots or who want to realize their dream jobs.
As a pilot, we have the big honor and even the obligation to lead and mentor others in their chosen careers – to improve their work, perseverance, wisdom and hope! And then, they will be able to accomplish their dreams.
Do you know how I could read your book QF32 ? I read it thanks to one of my friend, who is a A380 Captain for Air France. He asked me to keep his QF32 in my attaché case during a visiting of Orléans Air Force Base. The place where our A400M aircraft is based. And naturally, at the end of the visiting, I forgot to give him back his book. Arriving back at home, I decided to start the reading of that book in order to improve my english.
So, I read your book QF32 totally by chance! And in the process discovered a magnificent story of a real event that I had nearly never heard of! And then, I wrote to you…
I wish the best to you, to your wife, to your dad and to your family. If you fly to Paris with your A380, I’ll be really pleased to meet you.
Story # 1 -Engine Failure!
…. [QF32] taught me to seek out and to use everything I can learn about aviation, and enforced my point of view that no matter how small the plane is, checklists and teamwork are the best tools anyone can have. (Santiago de Larminat)
My name is Santiago de Larminat and I am a medevac pilot from Argentina flying a Metroliner. Eversince I noticed that QF32 was out I wanted to get my hands on it.
Luckily my sister Ines spent 3 months in Australia, between NSW and Queensland, working in farms and doing some diving in the corals. When she returned, she brought with her QF32 for me as a gift.
thank you very much again for writing QF32 with its lessons about leadership and motivation
I cannot thank her enough! It was a wonderful read, full of details we pilots like so much. I was particularly impressed about the Caribou, I am very fond of the bush piloting techniques, and i am sure you had a very enjoyable spell flying those airplanes.
The real matter for why I’m writing is because the next day I finished your book, I was on duty flying from my base at Rio Grande (SAWE) to Aeroparque (SABE) – Buenos Aires -, and back. On the return leg we had to perform an in-flight engine shutdown due to a faulty FCU (best guess). I have had a couple of engine failures before in my 1,000 hr career, but this one was special because there were no suitable airports for several miles and we were well off-shore. If you have ever flown the QF18 route you’d notice there aren’t many suitable airports along the Patagonian coast line. Well, the same applies to a Metro, airports are separated in a 100nm radius. Uh oh. [Ed: Rich understands Santiago, he flew Jumbos from Auckland (New Zealand) to Buenos Aires (Argentina). The minimum air distance route often had the jet following the Antarctic coastline, up to 2,500 nautical miles (five hours flying time) from the nearest emergency airfield!]
Compounding our problems, there were strong 40kt headwinds blowing us further out to sea and away from South America. Long story short, we ended up landing without anymore setbacks at Rio Grande with altitude to spare, although we had flown with an engine out for 54 minutes.
It was very important for me to have read and finished your book by that flight. It certainly helped me and the rest of our crew during that time. We kept our composure and used all the management and CRM principles: everybody voiced their concerns, gratifications, opinions and corrections – we were 8 on board and 3 of us dealing with the emergency.
As I explained, QF32 gave me great inspiration to be a better pilot. It taught me to seek out and to use everything I can learn about aviation, and enforced my point of view that no matter how small the plane is, checklists and teamwork are the best tools anyone can have.
Well, that’s my significant story that I felt compelled to tell you. I cannot stress enough – thank you very much again for writing QF32 with its lessons about leadership and motivation.
Santiago de Larminat
PS: I can’can’t wait for Big Jets!!!!