Tag Archives: QF32

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 […]

Decision Making (…..& ptsd)

Below find a link to the High Stakes video, a one hour SBS Insight program in which I join many people discussing how people make high-stakes decisions in the face of life and death. Decision Making is an extremely complex topic.  Jenny Brockie hosts the discussion, surfacing decisions that many people made and how these decisions changed their lives […]

Australia Day 2016 – ICAO & RAeS – “Nancy-Bird Walton Lecture”

Update – 4 March 2019 I feel both surprised and proud. Today it was announced that the $5.3 billion Western Sydney Airport will officially become the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport. The campaign to rename the airport started when I presented the inaugural Nancy-Bird Walton Lecture on behalf of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)  at the International […]

5th Anniversary – QF32

Today, 4th November 2015 marks the 5th Anniversary of the QF32 event. Good News QF32 is a story of team excellence, where eight teams pooled their knowledge, training, experience working in intrepid teams to overcome a black swan event. I again wish to thank the 8 teams of more than 1,000 people who helped deliver […]

Nancy-Bird Walton’s 100th Birthday Celebration

Update – December 2015 Many great airports are named after famous people. I propose that Sydney Badgerys Creek airport be named “Sydney Nancy-Bird Walton International Airport” in honour of Australia’s greatest aviatrix. Her airport would sit beside “Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport”, named after Australia’s greatest aviator. Click here to read more … Original Post […]

Technical Lessons from QF32

With my suggestions for the Industry Jaanus Torp writes: Hello Richard, I just finished your book and I might say that it is not suitable for before bed reading.  Even though I had read the final report and knew the outcome, I was still quite wired by the masterfully written gripping drama. I have a […]

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 […]

It’s Time to be a Pirate!

Below is the Occasional Address that I delivered at the 2014 Graduation Ceremony for the Arts Faculty at Charles Sturt University (CSU) at the Wagga Wagga campus on 15 December 2014. Deputy Chancellor of Charles Sturt University – Peter Hayes, Vice-Chancellor and President – Andrew Vann, Graduates of the Faculty of Arts – you did […]

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 […]

Post Traumatic Stress and PCM (QF32 p 311)

The feedback I have received from QF32 readers has been profound. By far the greatest surprise I have had when reading the responses is to discover how many people are afflicted by their own version of Post Traumatic Stress (PTS). “The nightmares continue – every night” Many stalwart friends have contacted me to pass on […]