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Author Event - Richard De Crespigny - FLY!

Portland Library
Wednesday 10 October 2018
2.00pm – 3.00pm

FREE event, light afternoon tea provided
Bookings required, phone 5522 2265

On 4 November 2010, thousands of feet above the air in Singapore, a catastrophic explosion rocked an A380 flight en route to Sydney. In the cockpit, Captain Richard de Crespigny and his team worked tirelessly to land the plane safely, two hours after it took off. Not one of the 469 passengers or crew were injured. What could have been an utter catastrophe was avoided due to quick thinking, stellar teamwork, resilience and quality leadership in a crisis situation.

FLY! covers the critical elements that will build resilience, and can be taken into both professional and personal settings. From leadership to managing a crisis, the importance of learning from mistakes, failing well and Post-Traumatic Stress. Using local and international case studies, Richard’s insights and techniques obtained over a four-decade-long career in aviation, and interviews with international names such as Capt. Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger and Gene Kranz, FLY! will enable everybody to perform at their best and succeed in any situation.

Melbourne born and educated, Richard got his first taste of a future flying career as a 14-year-old when his father took him on a tour of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Academy at Point Cook in Victoria.

In 1975, aged seventeen, he joined the RAAF. One year later, he started flying. During his 11 years flying transport, jet and helicopter aircraft with the RAAF, he was seconded as Aide-de-Camp to two Australian Governors-General – Sir Zelman Cowen and Sir Ninian Stephen. Richard remained with the RAAF until 1986 when he joined Qantas, flying Boeing 747, Airbus A330 and A380 jet aircraft.

In the 2016 Australia Day Honours, Richard was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his significant service to the aviation industry, both nationally and internationally, particularly to flight safety and to the community.

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